Professional Chimney Inspection

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your chimney, fireplace, and vents inspected at least once every year. When you request a chimney inspection by Doctor Flue, inc.®, here is what you’ll receive:

Wood Burning Chimney Inspection

For wood burning chimney inspections, we will identify potential structural issues, safety hazards, and combustible deposits by reviewing the exterior of chimney and conducting an internal video scan (if readily accessible). Once we finish the inspection, we’ll discuss our findings and answer any questions you may have. At the end of service, you will receive an instant evaluation summary via e-mail for your records.

Gas Burning Chimney Inspection

For gas burning chimney inspections, we will perform a 17-point safety check of the interior and exterior of the flue system to identify potential hazards with careful attention to the valves for gas leaks. Once we finish the inspection, we’ll discuss our findings and answer any questions you may have. At the end of service, you will receive an instant evaluation summary via e-mail for your records.

Upholding Professional Standards in the Chimney Service Industry

Chimney Inspections by Doctor Flue, inc.® offer a level of professionalism and innovation not found in all companies. Before you book an inspection with anyone else, ask if they provide the services that come standard with a Doctor Flue, inc.® inspection:

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps®

  • CSIA Certification is the only nationally-recognized certification program for the chimney service industry as a standard measurement of technical expertise. CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credentials are proof of excellence among chimney service professionals. All Doctor Flue, inc.® sweeps earn and maintain these credentials to validate their dedication to fire and chimney safety. Read more at
  • Meet our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps®

Dr. Flue uses innovative video equipment to inspect your chimney

Photos of your Chimney's Exterior

  • These pictures are reviewed in the comfort of your home the day of the appointment with the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®.
  • We take images of your chimney's exterior, noting any possible problems or upcoming issues not found yet.

Video Inspection Equipment

  • Used to verify the integrity of your chimney’s lining and interior.
  • We use innovative video equipment to see the interior of your chimney. We welcome you to view the footage of your chimney, so you can see and understand what the issues are with your chimney, most often from your living room area.
  • With the addition of our drone, we bring you the best in chimney inspection equipment. Used in select applications, the drone allows us to inspect chimneys safely and efficiently when access via a ladder is difficult.

Common Questions

How often do I need a chimney inspection?

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), an annual inspection of chimneys, fireplaces, and vents is recommended. The NFPA 211 states, "For safe and efficient operation, your chimneys should receive at least a level one inspection annually by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®, and maintained as needed."

Maintaining your fireplace and chimney is an integral piece of home ownership. As Doc says, "Clean flues don't burn!" This means a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® must inspect and clean a chimney flue annually, to remove creosote. Creosote is flammable and can cause property loss, injury, and death due to chimney fires.

What type of chimney inspection do I need?

The CSIA classifies chimney inspections as Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. These levels of inspection vary according to the type of chimney. If you haven’t made any changes to your system or how you use it, a Level 1 inspection is sufficient. If you’re still unsure, give us a call at 800-GET-FLUE and we’ll work with you to determine which level is appropriate for your situation.

Chimney Inspection Services

Chimney inspection services available

A chimney inspection may be necessary for a number of reasons. At Doctor Flue, inc.® we offer new home inspections, insurance inspections, and much more.

We offer:

  • Chimney Inspections for Home Sale/Transfers (required by the fire code)
  • New Appliance Installations
  • Insurance Inspections
  • Water Damage Evaluation and Repairs
  • Masonry Repairs

...and most of all the peace of mind of knowing your family is safe during this year's heating season.


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