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A fundamental assessment called a Level 1 inspection is a visual assessment without the use of any special devices. A technician will examine all the standard structures that are accessible with a hand held flashlight to ensure that there is no damage or degeneration. They will additionally examine to make sure there is nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or leaves. If you have never had any kind of concerns in the past with regular use of your fire place, this is the advised evaluation.
An advanced evaluation, or Level 2 inspection, is much more in depth. This will consist of everything that is executed with a fundamental evaluation with the addition of a video camera or other tool to check the whole flue and also interior chimney structure. It would also include an assessment of the attic and also any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the kind of inspection executed during a property purchase for the sale or purchase of a home. It's also recommended if you have had recent damage, quakes, 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 have actually made a lot of modifications in the way you use your fire place, then the more extensive assessment is also advised.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the assessments carried out in Level 1 and 2 inspections, but additionally consists of the removal of portions of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This sort of inspection is only done in serious circumstances when it is definitely needed in order to verify the security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be performed once a year and maintained as required.