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A fundamental evaluation called a Level 1 inspection is a visual evaluation without using any special tools. A service technician will inspect all the standard structures that are accessible with a hand-held flashlight to see to it that there is no damage or degeneration. They will also examine to ensure there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or build up. If you have not had any kind of concerns in the past with regular use of your fire place, this is the advised evaluation.
An advanced assessment, or Level 2 inspection, is more in depth. This will include everything that is completed with a basic assessment with the addition of a cam or other tool to inspect the entire flue and internal chimney structure. It would also include an assessment of the attic and also any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the sort of assessment done during a property transaction for the sale or purchase of a home. It's also recommended if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, chimney fires, or any 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 changes in the way you utilize your fire place, then the more extensive assessment is additionally recommended.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the evaluations done in Level 1 and 2 inspections, however additionally includes the removal of portions of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is just carried out in extreme circumstances when it is definitely needed in order to verify 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.