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A basic inspection called a Level 1 inspection is a visual assessment 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 wear and tear. They will likewise examine to make sure 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 suggested inspection.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is more detailed. This will consist of everything that is completed with a standard assessment with the addition of a camera or other tool to inspect the whole flue as well as interior chimney structure. It would also include an assessment of the attic and any locations surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of assessment performed during a property transaction for the sale or purchase of a residential or commercial property. It's also advised if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, chimney fires, or any type of event which might have impacted the structure of the chimney. If you're preparing to have a chimney relining or you've made a great deal of adjustments in the way you use your fire place, then the more extensive evaluation is likewise suggested.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the evaluations carried out 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 just done in severe situations when it is absolutely needed in order to validate the security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be carried out annually and maintained as needed.