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A basic evaluation called a Level 1 inspection is a visual inspection without the use of any type of special tools. A service technician will inspect all the fundamental structures that are accessible with a hand-held light to ensure that there is no damage or deterioration. They will likewise inspect to ensure there is absolutely nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or build up. If you have not had any issues in the past with routine use of your fire place, this is the advised evaluation.
An advanced assessment, or Level 2 inspection, is more comprehensive. This will include everything that is completed with a standard evaluation with the addition of a cam or other tool to check the entire flue as well as inner chimney structure. It would likewise include an evaluation of the attic as well as any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of assessment done during a property purchase for the sale or purchase of a residential property. It's likewise suggested if you have had recent damage, quakes, chimney fires, or any type of event which might have affected the structure of the chimney. If you're preparing to have a chimney relining or you have actually made a lot of changes in the way you use your fire place, then the more in-depth evaluation is also recommended.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the assessments carried out in Level 1 and 2 inspections, however additionally includes the removal of parts of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This type of inspection is only carried out in serious situations when it is definitely needed in order to validate the safety and security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be done annually and maintained as required.