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A basic evaluation known as a Level 1 inspection is a visual inspection without the use of any special devices. A professional will check all the standard structures that are accessible with a hand held light to make sure that there is no damage or degeneration. They will likewise check to see to it there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or build up. If you have not had any type of concerns in the past with regular use of your fire place, this is the suggested inspection.
An advanced evaluation, or Level 2 inspection, is a lot more in depth. This will consist of everything that is executed with a standard evaluation with the addition of a cam or other device to check the entire flue as well as internal chimney structure. It would additionally include an assessment of the attic as well as any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the sort of inspection done during a real estate transaction for the sale or purchase of a home. It's also recommended if you have had recent damage, quakes, chimney fires, or any type 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 use your fireplace, then the more thorough examination is additionally recommended.
A Level 3 inspection consists of all the assessments executed in Level 1 and 2 inspections, but also consists of the removal of parts of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is only carried out in extreme circumstances when it is absolutely needed in order to validate the security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be carried out yearly and maintained as required.