Since 1982



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Specialty O&C Fire Investigations for Insurance Claims

Call 816-461-3665 to schedule an evaluation or fill out the form below:

You will receive a professional, honest, unbiased and detailed evaluation report citing IRC and NFPA 211 Standards, similar to an engineer's report. Gene Padgitt, V.P. is our senior technician. Gene is CSIA Certified, is a State Certified Private Fire Investigator, an NFI Certified Gas Specialist, has a degree in HVACR Technology, is a Certified Heater Mason, and is a Licensed Mechanical Contractor. Gene is THE chimney expert in this region and you will get more accurate information and save money by calling us first. 

Please take note: 

All cities in Johnson County, KS, Jackson County, Clay County, and Platte County in Missouri REQUIRE a Master Mechanical License and a permit to be pulled for any chimney relining, repair, or hearth appliance installation work. This is a special contractor license, also known as an HVAC License issued by Johnson County, KS, Kansas City, Missouri, Independence, MO and Raytown, MO. Please call if you'd like more information.

Be sure your contractor has this license if any repairs are needed. Note: We are currently the only chimney contracting company in the greater K.C. area with this license.

If you need to cancel, please do so at least 24 business hours in advance of service. We will bill for service in full for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.

TRIP CHARGE: A trip charge may apply to areas out side our normal service area.

SCAFFOLD may be necessary in order to access tall chimneys or chimneys in the center of the house. If necessary, there will be an additional charge for this service. Please send us a photo of the house and chimneys so we can see if this is necessary.

Clean fireplace chimney flue or furnace flue in order to do inspection
If the flue or smoke chamber is too dirty to see for inspection we will need to sweep the flue first.
There is no additional charge for open fireplaces.

Pull fireplace insert in order to do inspection and reinstall- $100 additional

Standard Residential Services:

Fireplaces, wood stoves, gas stoves, wood or gas inserts, masonry heaters:
Level II Internal Chim-Scan camera Evaluation
with written report and photos and documentation. Includes check of the entire exterior chimney, flashing, crown or chase top, flue or metal chimney, smoke chamber, hearth, damper, fireplace, and facial wall that are readily accessible; clearances to combustibles; and draft test.  We will provide our opinion regarding the cause of damages. Does not include demolition of any part of the chimney to check the interior chase or underneath the hearth which are not normally accessible. This is a detailed and extensive report just for insurance adjusters. $450 for the first flue, $250 for each additional flue. Includes the exterior chimney as well. We do not provide an estimate for repair unless requested.


Order your inspection by filling out the form below.  We will contact you as soon as possible to set up a date and time for the inspection(s).

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