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A fundamental inspection known as a Level 1 inspection is a visual examination without the use of any special devices. A technician will examine all the basic structures that are accessible with a hand-held light to ensure that there is no damage or wear and tear. They will also inspect to make certain there is absolutely nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have not had any kind of concerns in the past with regular use of your fireplace, this is the suggested evaluation.
An advanced assessment, or Level 2 inspection, is much more extensive. This will consist of everything that is completed with a basic inspection with the addition of a video camera or other tool to check the entire flue and also inner chimney structure. It would likewise include an evaluation of the attic and also any areas surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of evaluation done during a property purchase for the sale or purchase of a property. It's likewise advised 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 have actually made a great deal of changes in the way you utilize your fire place, then the more thorough examination is likewise recommended.
A Level 3 inspection consists of all the evaluations done in Level 1 and 2 inspections, but also includes 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 severe situations when it is absolutely needed in order to validate the security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be executed once a year and maintained as required.