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The average cost of this level is between $79 and $200. A Level 1 chimney inspection includes a visual check inside the fireplace, normally without the use of special equipment or climbing on the roof.

The inspector simply uses a flashlight and look for damage, obstructions, creosote buildup and soot. The inspector will inform you if the chimney needs sweeping and, if so, may go ahead and perform the cleaning right then, if you so direct them, for an extra charge.


Routine Check $79-$200
Thorough Examination $100-$500


A level 1 chimney inspection is the most common type of chimney inspection. If you have used your fireplace regularly in the past without experiencing any problems, a level 1 inspection is appropriate. With a level 1 inspection, the chimney technician will examine the readily accessible portions of your chimney. This means the technician will perform a visual inspection with a flashlight, examining all areas of your chimney and flue that can be viewed without any special tools. Your technician may use common tools such as a screwdriver or pliers to examine any openings, but there should be no damage to any structures or finishes.

  • Portions of the chimney exterior

  • Portions of the chimney interior

  • Accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection

A level 1 chimney inspection is the most common type of chimney inspection.
In short, your chimney technician will be examining the chimney to make sure that the basic structure is intact and there are no visible signs of damage. In this inspection, your technician should also verify that there are no obstructions or combustible materials in your chimney.


  • Why get a chimney inspection?

    Your chimney may appear to be in good condition on the outside, while hiding necessary repairs on the inside. A few red flags that you should have your chimney inspected include:

    • Cracks in the flue, which could cause a house fire
    • Masonry cracks, which can let the outside elements in
    • Creosote and animals nests, which also could cause a fire
    • Water damage, leading to costly repairs
    • You don’t know when the last inspection was done and would like peace of mind
  • Are Chimney Inspections Really Necessary?

    Over time, all the smoke, gases and particles from the fires you’ve burned in your home create a buildup in your chimney. That residue is called creosote — and it’s extremely flammable. If left unaddressed, it could cause an open fire of the type you wouldn’t roast chestnuts on, if you catch our drift. Another risk of not getting a chimney inspection done, besides the potential for a house fire, is carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Is a Chimney Inspection worth it?

    Whether you got busy and forgot, don’t often use your fireplace or simply weren’t aware of why you should do an inspection, falling behind on your fireplace maintenance can get dangerous — and fast.

    You can prevent problems with yearly chimney inspections, which can identify buildups, blockages and address problems that inhibit performance — and could even cause a house fire.

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