Chimney Inspections

Chimney Inspections2023-02-17T10:18:47-06:00
  • Single Family Home

  • Townhome

  • Duplex/Triplex


Level II Chimney Inspections are recommended before you purchase a home, and especially before you use a fireplace for the first time after buying a property.

You may schedule your level II chimney inspection online at the same time you schedule your home inspection. Please keep in mind 48 hour notice is requested to ensure your chimney inspection will happen on the same day as your home inspection. Less than 48 hours notice may result in the chimney inspection being conducted separately from the home inspection and may require your realtor to be on-site during the chimney inspection.

A Level II chimney inspection includes inspection of the:

  • Damper
  • Smoke chamber
  • Flue liner system
  • Exterior chimney stack
  • Flashing
  • Brickwork
  • Crown
  • Weather cap
  • Firebox
  • Camera-scan of the flue.
  • Your report will include a written synopsis of findings from readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplace and chimney.

Chimney inspection reports will be sent out the day after the inspection was conducted. (Note: this differs from your home inspection report which will be delivered same-day.) As a courtesy, if repairs are needed, an estimate for recommended repairs will also be included.

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“I had a home inspection & chimney inspection done on a home I am planning to buy. Honestly Todd & his team were amazing, they were able to get the inspection done within the 7 days the seller requested for getting it done. And Todd was very detailed in his report which I loved, it let me know what needed to be done or to watch out for within the house and was very detailed compared to passed inspections I have had done on houses. A+ to the whole team!.”

Noel W. , Minneapolis

“Tom was AWESOME. So thorough. We really felt like we know exactly what we’re getting after our home inspection. He went over everything we may need to fix in the future; and how to go about getting it done. We really felt strongly that we hired the best inspector out there! I will be recommending to everyone I know.”

Clarissa K. , Eden Prairie

“Todd was knowledgeable & thorough. Scheduling was quick & easy as was making payment. It was reasonably priced, too.”

Patricia M. , Minneapolis

“Branch Property Investigations did a great job for our inspection as we were buying our first home. They were responsive & very thorough. Tom was great! Could not be happier.”

Cassie T., Bloomington


When do you need a chimney inspection?2022-10-19T08:56:33-05:00

We recommend a Level II Chimney Inspection before you purchase a home and especially before you use a fireplace for the first time after buying a property.

Annual chimney inspections and cleanings are recommended as part of routine home maintenance, and especially when there’s been a change in the status of the fireplace. This includes positive changes, like remodels and renovations. This also includes negative circumstances, like a fire, flooding, or structural damage.

Does my gas fireplace need an inspection?2022-11-15T09:40:48-06:00

If you use your fireplace at all, an annual inspection is highly recommended. This includes gas fireplaces! Manufacturers of natural and gas-burning appliances recommend annual inspection and cleaning of all their products. Annual inspections and cleanings help your gas fireplace run more efficiently and safely.

Can the chimney inspector inspect any kind of flue?2023-01-27T13:33:57-06:00

A chimney inspector can’t inspect a blocked flue, but if the damper is operable, the inspector can inspect any flue type.

Is the level II chimney inspection conducted from the roof?2023-01-27T13:38:01-06:00

The chimney camera is fed from the fireplace up to the chimney top. The chimney exterior may be assessed from the roof or ground, depending on weather and other factors. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible while keeping our inspectors safe in the process.

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