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A basic evaluation known as a Level 1 inspection is a visual inspection without making use of any special tools. A service technician will check all the standard structures that are accessible with a light to make certain that there is no damage or deterioration. They will likewise inspect to see to it there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have not had any concerns in the past with normal use of your fireplace, this is the advised inspection.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is more comprehensive. This will include everything that is carried out with a fundamental assessment with the addition of a cam or other device to inspect the entire flue as well as inner chimney structure. It would also include an assessment of the attic and any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the sort of evaluation done during a real estate transaction for the sale or purchase of a residential property. It's also recommended if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, 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've made a lot of modifications in the way you utilize your fire place, then the more comprehensive examination is likewise advised.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the evaluations performed in Level 1 and 2 inspections, however also consists of the removal of portions of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is only carried out in severe situations when it is definitely needed in order to confirm the security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be carried out annually and maintained as needed.