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A standard assessment known as a Level 1 inspection is a visual examination without making use of any kind of special devices. A specialist will inspect all the fundamental structures that are accessible with a hand-held light to make certain that there is no damage or degeneration. They will also inspect to ensure there is absolutely nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have never had any type of concerns in the past with regular use of your fire place, this is the suggested evaluation.
An advanced assessment, or Level 2 inspection, is extra in depth. This will consist of everything that is completed with a fundamental evaluation with the addition of a cam or other device to examine the entire flue as well as internal chimney structure. It would likewise include an inspection of the attic as well as any areas surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of inspection executed during a real estate transaction for the sale or purchase of a home. It's likewise advised if you have had recent damage, quakes, 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 changes in the way you utilize your fireplace, then the more extensive examination is additionally recommended.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the evaluations carried out in Level 1 and 2 inspections, but additionally consists of the removal of portions of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This type of inspection is just done in extreme circumstances when it is definitely necessary in order to validate the safety and security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be performed annually and maintained as required.