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A basic inspection referred to as a Level 1 inspection is a visual examination without using any special devices. A service technician will examine all the basic structures that are accessible with a hand-held light to ensure that there is no damage or degeneration. They will also inspect to make sure there is absolutely nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have never had any kind of concerns in the past with regular use of your fire place, this is the suggested inspection.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is a lot more detailed. This will consist of everything that is executed with a fundamental evaluation with the addition of a camera or other tool to inspect the whole flue and inner chimney structure. It would also include an inspection of the attic as well as any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the kind of assessment performed during a real estate deal for the sale or purchase of a property. It's likewise recommended if you have had recent damage, quakes, 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 have actually made a lot of changes in the way you use your fireplace, then the more comprehensive evaluation is likewise recommended.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the assessments done in Level 1 and 2 inspections, yet also consists of the removal of parts of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This type of inspection is only done in severe circumstances when it is definitely necessary in order to validate the security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be performed yearly and maintained as required.