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A standard inspection referred to as a Level 1 inspection is a visual evaluation without the use of any special tools. A specialist will inspect all the basic structures that are accessible with a flashlight to ensure that there is no damage or degeneration. They will likewise examine to make certain there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or leaves. If you have never had any kind of concerns in the past with routine use of your fire place, this is the recommended evaluation.
An advanced assessment, or Level 2 inspection, is extra in depth. This will consist of everything that is executed with a standard inspection with the addition of a electronic camera or other device to inspect the whole flue and also interior chimney structure. It would also include an inspection of the attic and any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the sort of evaluation executed during a property purchase for the sale or purchase of a property. It's also suggested 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 great deal of changes in the way you use your fireplace, then the more thorough evaluation is likewise advised.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the evaluations done in Level 1 and 2 inspections, yet also consists of the removal of parts of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This sort of inspection is just performed in serious circumstances when it is definitely needed in order to validate the safety of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be performed once a year and maintained as needed.