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A fundamental inspection called a Level 1 inspection is a visual inspection without the use of any special tools. A professional will check all the standard structures that are accessible with a hand-held light to make certain that there is no damage or wear and tear. They will also inspect to ensure there is nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or leaves. If you have never had any kind of problems in the past with regular use of your fireplace, this is the recommended inspection.
An advanced assessment, or Level 2 inspection, is extra comprehensive. This will consist of everything that is executed with a standard assessment with the addition of a electronic camera or other tool to check the whole flue and also interior chimney structure. It would also include an evaluation of the attic and any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the sort of assessment performed during a real estate deal for the sale or purchase of a residential or commercial property. It's also suggested if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, chimney fires, or any type of event which might have impacted 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 utilize your fireplace, then the more thorough examination is additionally recommended.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the assessments executed in Level 1 and 2 inspections, yet also includes the removal of portions of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is just done in serious situations when it is definitely necessary in order to confirm the safety and security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be done once a year and maintained as required.