Our Chimney experts can perform a chimney inspection for you.
A basic inspection known as a Level 1 inspection is a visual inspection without the use of any special tools. A technician will check all the basic structures that are accessible with a hand held light to make sure that there is no damage or deterioration. They will also check to make sure there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have not had any issues in the past with regular use of your fireplace, this is the recommended inspection.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is more in depth. This will include everything that is completed with a basic inspection with the addition of a camera or other device to check the entire flue and internal chimney structure. It would also include an inspection of the attic and any areas surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of inspection performed during a real estate transaction for the sale or purchase of a property. It’s also recommended if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, chimney fires, or any event which may have affected the structure of the chimney. If you’re preparing to have a chimney relining or you’ve made a lot of changes in the way you use your fireplace, then the more in-depth evaluation is also recommended.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the evaluations performed in Level 1 and 2 inspections, but also includes the removal of parts of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This type of inspection is only done in severe situations when it is absolutely necessary in order to confirm the safety of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be performed once a year and maintained as needed.