Whether you’re burning logs or firing up the gas fireplace, chimney maintenance should be a top priority every year. Standard and basic chimney inspection costs vary depending on roof accessibility and the type of chimney you need inspected, but generally speaking you can plan to spend about $100 to $250.
Chimneys left unclean are a leading cause of structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, which recommends an annual chimney inspection.
Different types of chimney inspection
- Inspection and cleaning
Chimney inspection costs vary depending on roof accessibility and the type of chimney to be inspected, but generally speaking these services will run anywhere from $100-$250.
- Camera inspection
A camera chimney inspection cost, much like you would expect from a plumber inspecting clogged pipes, will typically be $50-$75. However, here at CMO, we include a camera inspection with all chimney sweeps, so you’re getting a two-for-one!
- Weather damage inspection
Following a major weather event, it’s a good idea to get a more thorough inspection of your chimney that includes the roof and attic. Special video equipment and other additional resources are often needed to properly determine if the structure is still sound. This service is typically an additional, separate fee that can only be determined once the scope of damage is assessed.
- Masonry repairs
If a visual inspection of a chimney reveals that some areas of the masonry are in need of repairs, a professional chimney mason can do tuck pointing which offers a great solution for cracks and breaks.
- Fire Damage
The cost for a chimney inspection for a chimney that has been damaged in a fire depends on how many stories the home has. A single-story home and a home with two or more stories will have significantly different prices.
As a whole, chimney inspection costs for more serious damages and issues vary greatly on a wide range of factors. The best way to determine the most cost effective way to address any issues your home may have is to call local chimney and masonry company for an estimate specific to your needs.
Chimney inspections should be done by professional chimney cleaning certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America who will correctly ensure that your chimney is clear of creosote or other obstructions that could catch fire or prevent the smoke and other gases from venting outdoors. Don’t be fooled by the scammers out there. And trust us…they’re out there.
How to avoid chimney scams
- Don’t fall for “too good to be true” pricing: A legitimate company won’t take a ladder off the truck for $49.95. Then figure in equipment, payroll, liability insurance, gas, etc.
- A picture is worth a thousand words: Nowadays, chimney sweeps are trained to take pictures from start to finish, so don’t just take their word for it. Ask for visuals.
- Don’t get pressured into acting fast: Professionals don’t use scare tactics.
- Do your homework: Check reviews on Google, Facebook and Angie’s List.