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Fireplace Inspection in Chapel Hill, NC by Bud Matthews Services

Fireplaces are designed to be sturdy and withstand exposure to extremely high temperatures as well as harsh outdoor weather conditions, but this doesn’t mean a fireplace is immortal or entirely impervious to harm. A fireplace in a home needs to have regular inspections (as well as cleanings) to make sure that it is safe and functional.

In North Carolina, you must have licensed professionals handle any fireplace inspection or repair. This isn’t a task you can take care of yourself with a checklist printed up from a website. An inspector knows exactly what to look for to give your fireplace a clean bill health. They will also be able to  recommend any repair work necessary to make sure that you have a safe fireplace for future use.

When Should I Schedule a Fireplace Inspection in Chapel Hill?

A fireplace inspection should be a part of routine maintenance for any residential fireplace. Usually, this is a simple job for a fireplace technician to perform. If the inspector locates anything amiss with the fireplace, he or she will recommend a higher level of inspection to find what specifically needs to be addressed to ensure safety.

You need to have an inspection done as soon as possible if your fireplace suffers from damage or if you have experienced a chimney fire. The inspector will examine the extent of the problem and recommend the appropriate repairs and restoration necessary. If you are planning to make a significant change to your fireplace, such as altering its fuel source, you should also arrange an inspection.


There are different levels of fireplace inspection, each one with its own set of requirements. The initial inspection examines the firebox and other parts of the masonry to find cracking and chipping, excess creosote, and moisture build-up.

The next level of inspection is done if the first level uncovers major problems, or if the fireplace has suffered recent damage. These inspections require specialized equipment to examine the chimney and may require access from the roof.

The highest level of inspection is a comprehensive examination, which is rare.


If your fireplace has sustained any type of damage from a chimney fire or other source, do not attempt to use the fireplace! Instead, pick up the phone and dial the number for Bud Matthews Services.

We will take care of the inspection work necessary to give your fireplace a clean bill of health or advise you on the repair and restoration services that may be necessary to return it to its original state.

It’s our goal to see that you have a fireplace on which you can depend. Make us the home heating people you turn to in Chapel Hill, NC, whenever you need fireplace services.

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