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 over 25,400 homes are destroyed by chimney-related fires each year? Don’t become a statistic; schedule a chimney inspection or chimney sweeping for your home today.

At California Chimney, we have years of experience providing chimney inspection and sweeping services in the San Francisco Bay area. We cover it all, from checking chimney crowns for weather damage to installing modern chimney dampers that enhance energy efficiency. Most importantly? We check your chimney for built-up creosote. If you use your chimney and haven’t cleaned it in awhile, built-up creosote is practically a guarantee. Creosote is highly-flammable, and one small spark can result in a chimney fire that goes from damaging to downright dangerous.

At California Chimney, our professionals are skilled in thorough chimney inspection and attentive chimney sweeping. With regularly-scheduled services, you can keep your chimney healthy and your family happy for years to come.

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 schedule a service with California Chimney, one of our chimney technicians will perform a full chimney inspection. Throughout the inspection process, we will keep you informed of any findings, recommendations, and more.

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.