California Chimney Keeps You and Your Family Safe With Thorough Chimney and Fireplace Inspections.

Professional chimney cleaning, repair, restoration and maintenance services for the San Francisco Bay Area

Did you know, on average, 25,400 homes are destroyed by chimney related fires each year? It is very important to get your home’s chimney and fireplace inspected annually.

Chimney inspections are important to check chimney liners for maintenance and creosote build up. Over time, creosote, which is highly flammable, coats the chimney flue and, if ignited, can create a chimney fire. Chimney fires burn at very high temperatures and may spread to the rest of the house.

Chimney fires can

  • Endanger you and your family
  • Catch the rest of the house on fire
  • Cause smoke damage
  • Cost thousands of dollars in damage

When you call California Chimney to inspect your chimney you get a full inspection by one of our Chimney Technicians. We’ll share our findings with you.

3 Levels of Chimney Inspection

The NFPA developed 3 levels of chimney inspections. California Chimney Inspectors have completed all necessary training according to the National Fire Protection Association

California Chimney recommends annual chimney sweeping and scrutiny, however, frequency and burn materials will determine how often your chimney will need to be swept.

What To Expect With Each Inspection Level

Level 1 Inspection: If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance. In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior as well as accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits. – See more at:

Level 2 inspection: 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.

There are no special tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection also includes a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish are required in a Level 2 inspection. – See more at:

Level 3 inspection: When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) is required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may be required to determine the condition of the chimney system. – See more at:

Contact California Chimney today at (510) 817-2399 to schedule your SF Bay Area chimney inspection service.