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A fundamental inspection referred to as a Level 1 inspection is a visual evaluation without making use of any type of special devices. A specialist will examine all the standard structures that are accessible with a flashlight to make sure that there is no damage or degeneration. They will likewise inspect to make sure there is nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or build up. If you have never had any problems in the past with routine use of your fireplace, this is the suggested evaluation.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is extra comprehensive. This will include everything that is carried out with a basic inspection with the addition of a camera or other device to examine the whole flue and also inner chimney structure. It would additionally include an evaluation of the attic and any locations surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the sort of evaluation carried out during a real estate deal for the sale or purchase of a property. It's also advised if you have had recent damage, quakes, chimney fires, or any type of 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 changes in the way you utilize your fireplace, then the more extensive evaluation is also advised.
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 such as the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is just carried out in serious situations when it is absolutely necessary 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 yearly and maintained as required.