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Certified Chimney & Fireplace Inspections
A fireplace or stove can add beauty, warmth and value to your home and set the mood for memorable gatherings of family and friends. Choosing and installing a hearth system without adequate expertise is like playing with fire. That is why our industry is making quality training and credentials its mission. Planning and installing fireplaces, stoves and their venting systems requires experience, technical knowledge and skill. Numerous decisions — from proper floor protection to appliance sizing and placement to venting system compatibility and height-should all be made with the expertise of a specialist. Hearth professionals have a credible, nationally-recognized credentialing program through which they can validate their knowledge and advance in a career path. The National Fireplace Institute®, an independent, non-profit certification agency, has created these standards for certification in the hearth industry. Only those who pass a rigorous examination covering fundamentals of proper installation receive NFI Specialist Certification. Thanks to these efforts, NFI is now recognized as the basis for licensure in several states, counties and local municipalities. Licensing is a local issue and many times NFI certification is required without any notice to the NFI office.
Buying or Selling a Home?
A Level 2 Chimney Inspection is often a requirement.
A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection. A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system, such as a change in the fuel type; changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining); or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.
A Level 2 inspection is also required upon the sale or transfer of a property, after an operation malfunction, or following an external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney, such as building fires, chimney fires, seismic events and other weather events. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.
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Working with the team of professionals at Warrington Chimney and Fireplace was so easy and stress free! Communication from Eric and his team exceeded my expectations. Chris was patient and took the time to ensure a proper installation. Our fireplace was originally built in the 1700's and most things in our home prove challenging but this was a seamless process. We have been enjoying our fires just as we had hoped.