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A fundamental evaluation called a Level 1 inspection is a visual assessment without making use of any kind of special tools. A specialist will examine all the basic structures that are accessible with a hand-held flashlight to make certain that there is no damage or deterioration. They will also examine to make sure there is absolutely nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have never had any kind of issues in the past with normal use of your fireplace, this is the recommended inspection.
An advanced assessment, or Level 2 inspection, is a lot more extensive. This will include everything that is executed with a standard evaluation with the addition of a electronic camera or other device to examine the whole flue and also internal chimney structure. It would additionally include an inspection of the attic and also any locations surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of assessment done during a property transaction for the sale or purchase of a residential or commercial property. It's additionally 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 have actually made a lot of modifications in the way you use your fire place, then the more extensive examination is likewise advised.
A Level 3 inspection consists of all the evaluations done in Level 1 and 2 inspections, yet also includes the removal of parts of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This sort of inspection is just done in serious circumstances when it is definitely needed in order to verify the security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be done once a year and maintained as needed.