Certified Chimney Inspections

Chimneys are critical to many homes because they help safely remove the smoke and gases produced by fireplaces and heating systems. Chimneys prevent carbon dioxide and other byproduct gases from staying inside a house, ensuring fresh air for breathing. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends yearly certified inspections to check for blockages, damage or residue buildup, ensuring a chimney is clean and functioning correctly.

Since 1989, Chimney.com has delivered top-class inspection and other chimney services in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. We are a fully insured and licensed company with knowledgeable and experienced technicians who can handle residential or commercial projects. 



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Why Are Fireplace and Chimney Inspections Important?

Annual fireplace and chimney inspections are crucial to the efficiency of your fireplace and the safety of everyone in your home. Your chimney will accumulate a residue called creosote over time as you burn fires in your fireplace. This buildup is highly flammable and can cause a chimney fire if not removed.

Detecting creosote buildup and other minor issues before they worsen can prevent costly repairs and potentially life-threatening situations like chimney fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. Regular inspections by the professionals at Chimney.com keep your fireplace and chimney functioning properly, reducing health risks and keeping your home safe and warm. Scheduling yearly inspections with us is the most practical and effective way to avoid potential problems and enjoy your fireplace with peace of mind.

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Types of Chimneys We Inspect

At Chimney.com, our certified technicians have decades of combined expertise working with different fireplace designs and heating systems, including gas, wood and oil. We guarantee the quality of our work and offer detailed reports to homeowners associations, home inspectors and new home buyers. 

Examples of what we can inspect include:

During your inspection, we’ll examine your fireplace or chimney for water damage, creosote and any other potentially harmful elements that may have accumulated since your last evaluation. We can perform Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 inspections to handle your needs. 

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Types of Chimney Inspections

Level 1 Inspections

A Level 1 inspection is a visual inspection of all readily accessible areas of your chimney and fireplace system. The inspection includes checking accessible parts like the chimney structure and connections to verify they are in good condition and free of obstructions. 

We recommend Level 1 inspections when there are no known problems or when no changes have been made to your system. A Level 1 inspection is appropriate for annual inspections to verify the chimney’s condition. It’s a routine check-up to ensure your chimney is correctly functioning while looking for minor issues that could worsen later.

During these inspections, our technicians will look for signs of damage, blockages or creosote buildup that could affect your chimney’s efficiency or safety.

Level 2 Inspections

Level 2 inspections include all the visual checks of a Level 1 inspection, plus examining accessible areas like crawl spaces and attics. These inspections provide a more in-depth look at the chimney’s condition with specialized tools for hard-to-reach areas. 

We recommend Level 2 inspections when changes have been made to the chimney system, after a chimney fire or before selling a property. Level 2 inspections help identify hidden issues and ensure the chimney is safe and functioning correctly, offering a more detailed assessment than a Level 1 inspection.

Our Level 2 inspections include a camera inspection to further inspect the flue for damage. We use a commercial-grade camera system called the SnapScan Pro Motorized Pan and Tilt Video Inspection System. We also supply a detailed condition report post-inspection with pictures and videos of the chimney flue. 

Level 3 Inspections

Level 3 is the most comprehensive inspection, and most chimney systems only require them in extreme circumstances. The purpose of a Level 3 inspection is to identify and rectify hidden hazards within your chimney system that could threaten the building’s safety. The inspection could involve opening walls or ceilings to assess the chimney’s condition comprehensively.

Our technicians typically perform these inspections when they suspect serious safety risks that are not easily identifiable with Level 1 or Level 2 inspections. Property owners should choose a Level 3 chimney inspection when serious concerns, hidden hazards, complex situations or specific circumstances warrant a more thorough and intrusive evaluation. The professionals at Chimney.com can help determine if a Level 3 inspection is necessary based on your particular situation and concerns.

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What Your Neighbors Are Saying

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Mark Rogers

The team that worked with us was solid start to finish. Their inspection was thorough and detailed in terms of what was needed to restore our chimney and fireplace to working order. Then the crew...

Erin Mahaffey

We purchased a home with a non-functioning fireplace and Chimney.com came to inspect our chimney. They made another visit and laid out exactly all of our options and the costs associated (making...

Paige Douglass

"Highly recommend. Professional and caring service. Had a great experience with chimney inspection. Branden was super professional and kind, start to finish. He called ahead to confirm appoint...


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Our Service Benefits

At Chimney.com, superior quality and craftsmanship have been the backbone of our success for decades. We prioritize prompt, courteous service and honest communication for all our customers, regardless of the size or type of project. Choosing us for your chimney inspection needs means you’ll enjoy benefits like:

  • Access to premium-grade parts and supplies.
  • A guarantee of the quality and accuracy of our work.
  • Respect for you, your home and your family.
  • Peace of mind knowing that your chimney system is safe and efficient.

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Contact Us for Certified Chimney Inspections You Can Trust

If you’re looking for a reputable company that provides thorough, accurate chimney inspections across Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Chimney.com is the perfect choice. Our team is confident in our ability to guarantee that your chimney is clean, fully functional and equipped to handle all your heating requirements. Contact us online or call (301) 945-7944 today with questions or to schedule an inspection.


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Where Are Our Chimney Inspection Services Available?

Our service area includes most of Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. Here’s a partial list of cities we serve.

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