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A basic evaluation referred to as a Level 1 inspection is a visual examination without the use of any special devices. A technician will inspect all the basic structures that are accessible with a hand-held light to make sure that there is no damage or degeneration. They will likewise examine to see to it there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or leaves. If you have never had any concerns in the past with routine use of your fire place, this is the recommended evaluation.
An advanced evaluation, or Level 2 inspection, is more comprehensive. This will include everything that is executed with a standard evaluation with the addition of a electronic camera or other device to inspect the entire flue as well as inner chimney structure. It would likewise include an evaluation of the attic and any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of evaluation done during a property purchase for the sale or purchase of a home. It's likewise advised if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, chimney fires, or any event which may have impacted the structure of the chimney. If you're preparing to have a chimney relining or you've made a great deal of modifications in the way you utilize your fireplace, then the more comprehensive evaluation is likewise advised.
A Level 3 inspection consists of all the assessments carried out in Level 1 and 2 inspections, however additionally consists of the removal of parts of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is only done in extreme situations when it is definitely needed in order to validate the safety of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be executed annually and maintained as required.