For Immediate Release

August 2, 2018


New Yorkers are encouraged to call 1-800-4SWEEPS (4793377) to request no-failure certificate, no-cost inspections.

New York, NY - Today marks the start of the NYCCS No-Failure Certificate Chimney Inspection Program. This is a citywide initiative allows New York City property owners to call 1-800-479-3377 and request a free, no-failure certificate visual inspection of their chimney's, and fireplace's, giving owners the opportunity to ensure that these structures are maintained in accordance with the NYC Building Codes. Following the inspection, NYCCS will notify owners of the inspection findings and whether or not the conditions observed pose an immediate safety hazard or warrant repairs. If immediate safety hazards are found, the NYCCS will withhold the issuance failure certificates for a limited time, giving owners the opportunity to make corrective repairs.

New Yorkers can call 1-800-479-3377 to schedule a free, no-failure certificate inspection anytime. Factors including change of fuels, neglect in maintenance, weather and shifting ground can cause chimney's to weaken, deteriorate, or lean over time, and it is important that owners are diligent in making sure these structures are safe and code compliant in order to prevent potential accidents.

“From both a safety and a monetary standpoint, owners are well advised to take advantage of this unique program,” said NYCCS founder Marcel Newberg. “Too many preventable hazards result from the neglect of chimney's, fireplaces, and conducting repairs following an hazard is far more costly than maintaining them properly in the first place.”

Since the NYCCS Inspection Program was launched in 2018, the inspection department has performed many of these inspections, keeping New Yorkers safe and saving owners precious time and money by preventing accidents. By law, owners are required to maintain their chimney's, and fireplaces in a safe and code compliant manner at all times. New York owners are encouraged to contact 1-800-479-3377 to report any unsafe conditions.

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