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A fundamental inspection called a Level 1 inspection is a visual evaluation without using any kind of special tools. A service technician will examine all the standard structures that are accessible with a hand held flashlight to ensure that there is no damage or deterioration. They will likewise inspect to see to it there is nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have not had any kind of issues in the past with regular use of your fire place, this is the advised inspection.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is a lot more in depth. This will include everything that is carried out with a basic assessment with the addition of a video camera or other device to inspect the entire flue and also interior 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 sort of inspection executed during a property purchase for the sale or purchase of a property. It's also recommended if you have had recent damage, quakes, chimney fires, or any kind of event which might have affected the structure of the chimney. If you're preparing to have a chimney relining or you've made a lot of modifications in the way you utilize your fireplace, then the more extensive assessment is likewise recommended.
A Level 3 inspection consists of all the evaluations performed in Level 1 and 2 inspections, however also includes the removal of parts of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is just performed in severe situations 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 carried out once a year and maintained as required.