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Sootmaster Fireplace and Chimney Inspections

Find your local Sootmaster via our area service page. Or you can request an appointment here! We’ll send a first-class chimney professional right to your door. We’re here to help in any way we can!

You want your fireplace or stove to bring you evening after evening of comfort and enjoyment. But what happens when damage, creosote buildup, or other dangers are present? Would you even know? Most homeowners wouldn’t and don’t know, because much of the chimney system is not in plain view. Industry safety leaders like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend annual Chimney Inspections and Fireplace Inspections— Chimney Inspections and Fireplace Inspections allow professionals to really get in there and see what’s going on.

Let Sootmaster take care of you. We offer multiple levels of fireplace and chimney inspections all throughout the Southeastern United States. Give us a call today to schedule your inspection!

Types of Fireplace Inspections

Level One

Level one is performed without the aid of any specialized tools and is recommended when things are working as always, without change.

Level Two

Level two when there’s a change needed, like a new liner,  a new appliance, a new fuel type, a strong storm or chimney fire, or a new problem or performance issue. This level of an inspection may require some basic tools, and will also include a video scan of the chimney interior.  Level two inspection and its ability to provide close-up images of damage, these inspections are oftentimes referred to as real estate, home, or insurance inspections.

Level Three

Level three is a level two inspection that suggests a deeper, hidden problem impossible to get to the bottom of. A level three can involve the removal of firebox panels, chimney crowns, walls, and other components of the chimney system and home, which is why it’s considered a last resort.

diagram of all the parts of a chimney and fireplace system
Chimney CapCrownCrownFlueDamperFacingLintelThroatAsh PitCleanout DoorHearthMasonryMantelFireboxFoundationRoof LineRoof LineFlashingFlashing

Chimney Cap

A protective covering or lodging for the top of a chimney expected for preventing the entry of rain, snow, and animals.

Crown

The slight slant or sloped edge on the top surface of a chimney intended to redirect water away from the pipe liner.

Crown

The slight slant or sloped edge on the top surface of a chimney intended to redirect water away from the pipe liner.

Flue

The vertical passageway that transports the waste gas to the outdoors.

Damper

 A valve, generally a portable or retractable plate, for controlling the progression of air or smoke.

Facing

The Ornamental work around the face of the fireplace

Lintel

A bar used for supporting the chimney

Throat

A place directly above the firebox where the walls of the flue are brought closer together to increase the draft of the fire.

Ash Pit

A cavity below the fireplace where ashes are stored after a fire.

Cleanout Door

An area that's installed behind the fireplace or outside for the purpose of emptying and cleaning the ash pit.

Hearth

The floor of a fireplace.

Masonry

In Masonry Fireplaces the chimneys, the surrounding area of a chimney, and fireplace are built on-site by masons usually by brick.

Mantel

A hood that projected over a fire grate to catch the smoke.

Firebox

The innermost compartment of a fireplace designed to support the combustion of fuel.

Foundation

The load-bearing portion of the structure

Roof Line

The Roofline is the base of the roof that forms the frame of the roof.

Roof Line

The Roofline is the base of the roof that forms the frame of the roof.

Flashing

Sheet metal or different materials utilized in waterproofing rooftop valleys or the edge between a fireplace and a rooftop.

Flashing

Sheet metal or different materials utilized in waterproofing rooftop valleys or the edge between a fireplace and a rooftop.

Contact Sootmaster Today!

Our goal is to provide high-quality service to our customers that will establish loyalty and trust. Our first-class team is trained and experts in the field of work. We’re clean and considerate about protecting your property and home. We’ll call ahead with expected arrival times or delays, and provide before-and-after photos of our work. We’re a low-pressure team that will focus on your specific needs rather than making a sale. Building a relationship with you is our priority. From simple maintenance tips to detailed advice on fireplace installations, we’re here to help.

We have locations in the Southern part of the United States as a premier source for fireplace services and products. Specializing in everything from chimney sweeping, chimney inspections, chimney caps & chase covers to chimney liners, masonry repairs, waterproofing, and animal removals, we are sure to have the solution to your fireplace needs.