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Top 10 fireplace inspections near you

Homeowners agree: these fireplace inspectors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
NextDay Inspect®

NextDay Inspect®

5.0Exceptional(8)
1 hire on HomeGuide
16+ years in business
Hailu R. says, "Inspectors were very professional and personable. " Read more
Barrera & Sons Remodeling, LLC

Barrera & Sons Remodeling, LLC

New on HomeGuide
18+ years in business
Established in 2006, Barrera & Sons Remodeling, LLC is a trusted name in Manassas, VA, and the surrounding areas. This company is recognized for providing top-notch quality in all aspects of remodeling. Whether you envision a major renovation or a minor tweak, Barrera & Sons Remodeling, LLC brings expertise and commitment to every project, ensuring your satisfaction with their exceptional service.
Carpet Boss Restoration

Carpet Boss Restoration

New on HomeGuide
6 hires on HomeGuide
25+ years in business
We specialize in fire and water restoration
All Around Inspections

All Around Inspections

New on HomeGuide
11+ years in business
With over 30 years of remodeling IHave a thorough knowledge of how houses are built and I bring this experience to the inspection process. I work well with first time home buyers and I explain issues in terms anyone can understand. I offer radon testing and mold testing as well
HomeKey Inspections, LLC

HomeKey Inspections, LLC

5.0(3)
Top Pro
3 hires on HomeGuide
12+ years in business
Brad F. says, "They are consummate professionals who were dedicated to ensuring we were satisfied and the job was done correctly. " Read more
All Pro Chimney

All Pro Chimney

New on HomeGuide
16+ years in business
Founded in 2008, All Pro Chimney, located in Rockville, MD, and surrounding areas, is a reliable choice for comprehensive chimney and fireplace services. Their expertise spans across chimney sweeping, repair, installation, and fireplace repair. They are known for their exceptional service, making every client feel valued and important. Their service area includes the Washington DC Metro Area and Greater Baltimore Region, offering quality workmanship at competitive prices. With a dedication to constant learning and improvement, All Pro Chimney ensures professionalism and satisfaction in every job undertaken.
DMV General Contractors LLC

DMV General Contractors LLC

New on HomeGuide
10+ years in business
Commercial Roofing Working with us will get you nothing but positive feedback. We like to make our clients important and comply with all their request. We offer high quality work and customer service
Service Specialties Inc.

Service Specialties Inc.

New on HomeGuide
45+ years in business
Founded in 1979, Service Specialties Inc. is a family-owned business that caters to both residential and commercial clients in Chantilly, VA, and surrounding areas. The company specializes in heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services, offering top-quality work with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. Their range of services includes system installations, diagnostics, water heater replacements, hydrojetting, and emergency assistance. With a stellar reputation backed by an A+ BBB rating, Service Specialties Inc. delivers dependable solutions for all your HVAC and plumbing needs.
EDGE Energy

EDGE Energy

New on HomeGuide
18+ years in business
Founded in 2006, EDGE Energy operates in Beltsville, MD, McLean, VA, and surrounding areas. As a licensed, insured, and bonded contractor, EDGE Energy is dedicated to incorporating green building standards in energy-saving installations for both residential and commercial properties. The company specializes in designing and executing projects that significantly reduce utility bills and energy consumption—sometimes by over 100%. Additionally, EDGE Energy assists homeowners with their tax credits, rebates, and grant paperwork, making the transition to sustainable living easy and convenient.

Your Fireplace Inspection questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on HomeGuide.

How much does a fireplace inspector cost near me?

A fireplace inspection with a basic cleaning costs $100 to $250. This cost covers a level 1 inspection, which is just a simple look at a regular fireplace or wood stove. If you want a deeper level 2 or level 3 inspection to find structural damage, you'll pay more.

  • For a level 2 fireplace inspection, you'll pay $250 to $600 in most cases. In this inspection, technicians use a camera to see all hidden parts of up to 2 fireplaces connected to one chimney. This inspection certifies the fireplace and chimney are safe to use before you buy a house.
  • A level 3 fireplace inspection ranges anywhere from $900 to $5,000. This price includes a detailed check of up to 3 fireplaces and their chimneys, as well as repair work.

What is a fireplace inspection?

A fireplace inspection is the work of a licensed chimney technician who closely checks both the inside and outside of the fireplace, flue, and any connected stoves. While they do a basic cleaning, the inspector determines if the fireplace is safe and identifies any damages to repair.

A fireplace inspection includes:

  • Checking for any obstructions or blockages in the firebox and chimney.
  • Looking at the condition of the chimney liner.
  • Examining the mortar and bricks for any signs of damage.
  • Making sure the damper works properly.
  • Inspecting the firebox for any signs of wear and tear.
  • Verifying that the chimney vents properly to the outside.
  • Checking for any signs of soot or creosote buildup, which is a fire hazard.

What is a fireplace inspection?

A fireplace inspection is the work of a licensed chimney technician who closely checks both the inside and outside of the fireplace, flue, and any connected stoves. While they do a basic cleaning, the inspector determines if the fireplace is safe and identifies any damages to repair.

A fireplace inspection includes:

  • Checking for any obstructions or blockages in the firebox and chimney.
  • Looking at the condition of the chimney liner.
  • Examining the mortar and bricks for any signs of damage.
  • Making sure the damper works properly.
  • Inspecting the firebox for any signs of wear and tear.
  • Verifying that the chimney vents properly to the outside.
  • Checking for any signs of soot or creosote buildup, which is a fire hazard.

Do I need a fireplace inspection?

You do need a fireplace inspection once a year or every 6 months if you use the fireplace frequently. Most building codes require routine fireplace inspections to prove a home is safe. Plus, insurance companies can also require inspection copies if you need help covering damage expenses after a fire.

For your own safety, always get a fireplace inspection:

  • Before you light the first fire when cold weather hits
  • When you move into a new home
  • If you notice any structural damages around the chimney
  • Whenever changing any fireplace connections or vents

How long does a fireplace inspection take?

Most fireplace inspections take 1 to 2 hours with the required cleaning necessary to see the real condition of the firebox and the attached chimney stack or vent. A regularly cleaned fireplace can take less time to check.

  • A level 2 inspection with a video camera is only necessary if you have symptoms of bigger problems.
  • All fireplace inspections must include an examination of the chimney as well since they are two parts of a connected system. Damages in either part will cause fire hazards.

How often should I get a fireplace inspection?

To ensure the safety of your household, get a fireplace inspection once or twice annually. An annual inspection is a typical building code requirement. Plus, it's also important to verify to the insurance company that you kept up your maintenance responsibilities when you need to make a claim.

What will happen if I don't clean my fireplace?

The risks that occur when you don't clean your fireplace include:

  • Trapped moisture drips down and turns into acids that damage the lining.
  • Cracked lining in the firebox leaks poisonous carbon monoxide into your home.
  • Too much flammable debris collects in the fireplace and starts a fire too big for the firebox to contain.
  • Your home interior and roof can catch on fire.

How do I find someone near me to inspect my fireplace?

You can find a fireplace inspector nearby through searching the listings here on HomeGuide, or by asking local realtors and your neighbors for referrals.

Before hiring a chimney inspector near you, be sure to:

  • Compare 3+ estimates from several licensed, bonded, and insured inspectors.
  • Request a list of references from past clients.
  • Read their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
  • Avoid choosing the lowest bid since it may result in a low-quality inspection.

Ask if they have certifications like:

  • Credentials from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)
  • A state chimney technician license
  • InterNACHI® membership as a certified home inspector
  • The National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certification
  • A home improvement contractor's license
  • State gas handler's license for gas-powered fireplaces
  • Membership in the National Chimney Sweep Guild or other fire safety organizations

What questions should I ask before hiring a fireplace inspector?

Remember to discuss these points with an inspector before hiring them:

  • How many years of experience do you have in fireplace inspections?
  • Which tools and equipment do you use?
  • Should I opt for a level 1, level 2, or level 3 fireplace and chimney inspection?
  • Will your check all connections, including the flue, fireplace, stoves, and the external part of the chimney?
  • Do you maintain your CSIA certification by taking annual courses?
  • Can you show me video evidence of any damages you find?
  • Are all the inspection, cleaning, and associated labor costs in this bid?
  • Does your company also offer repairs, or do you strictly perform inspections?
  • How much time will you need for the inspection?
  • Will you provide a detailed report, including any repair suggestions if required?
  • Do you offer regular chimney maintenance services, and what's the cost?

Reviews for Ashburn fireplace inspections

Recent success stories from people in the Ashburn area.
Amblessed N.
Prompt service and affordable
NextDay Inspect®
Kathy A.
Very thorough and knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with
HomeKey Inspections, LLC
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