Schedule a Level 2 Inspection as Part of Your Home Buying Plan

Buying a new home can be stressful because you have to go through so many procedures, but you may have more stress down the line if you don’t include a Level 2 Inspection as part of your move in plan. 

If you have a fireplace, stove, or other heating appliance and chimney, then you need a Level 2 Inspection by a CSIA certified professional. You may think that your home inspector would cover your chimney during his time, but flashing a flashlight up the chimney does not protect you or your new investment.

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The Level 2 Inspection Process

Schedule a level 2 chimney inspection if you:

  • Have just moved in or are selling your home
  • Are changing your heating appliance or venting system in some way (i.e. relining the flue, replacing the appliance)
  • Have had recent problems with your heating appliance or chimney or a weather event that could have caused damage

These inspections include a look at readily accessible portions of the appliance, the chimney connection, and the basic structure, but they also include a video scan of the chimney flue.

New Home and New Chimney? 

If you have a new chimney, you’re probably thinking everything is good to go and you’ve nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. We’ve seen brand new homes burn to the ground because the chimney was improperly built and didn’t have proper clearance to combustibles. In other words, combustible materials in walls and ceilings surrounding the chimney and fireplace were placed too close to the chimney or the chimney system wasn’t properly insulated.

So even if you’re in a brand new home with a brand new chimney, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 standard makes no exceptions — all chimneys and venting systems should be inspected every single year, without fail.

Professional, courteous, knowledgeable service with the bonus of liking basset hounds! Tim did a great job cleaning and inspecting our chimney (Broadacreas subdivision in Powell), showed us the potential problem areas, and gave us a quote for the recommended repairs that we could live with. Looking forward to having the work completed and continuing to be a customer of Ashbusters in Knoxville.

Melodie G.


THE BEST SERVICE EVER! Tim and Jonah should receive a craftsmanship award! Very professional, very knowledgeable, and punctual! All reviews listed on their website is true! What we thought would take a week to fix in replacing all the mortar in our chimney, new crown, new flashing, installing new chimney cap, fixing the cricket was all completed in 3 days. They worked extremely hard – no down time! After completion, the cleanup job was unbelievable! Thank you for taking extra care of my property, deck and awning! And made new friends!

Cathy R.

Ready to Schedule?


Whether you call us or we call you back after you submit a scheduling form, you can expect our team to ask you a couple of questions.

Are you representing the home? We get a lot of real-estate managers, property managers, and personal assistants who call for homeowners. Knowing who owns the home helps us to accurately save files and information relating to your services.

Have you used us for your appliance before? If so, we have all your past services on file and it speeds up the scheduling process.

Where is your home located? This ensures that you are in our service area.

What kind of appliance are you wanting to be serviced? (wood-burning fireplace, wood-burning stove, gas logs, etc.)

How many stories is your home? What is the exterior of your chimney made out of? What do you have on your roof? (metal shingles, terra cotta, etc.)

*If you don’t know the answers to these questions, no worries! Our team can help you.


We do not share the pricing of our services on our site. Because each service has multiple variables including the number of flues, the type of appliance, etc., we can only give you an accurate price until we fully understand your appliance and the time and materials it will take to be serviced. If you have questions about cost, please call our office and our team is happy to answer any questions. If you are still unsure, please check out our reviews and you can find confidence in our work through our happy customers.

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