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A basic assessment referred to as a Level 1 inspection is a visual evaluation without making use of any type of special devices. A technician will inspect all the fundamental structures that are accessible with a hand held flashlight to make sure that there is no damage or degeneration. They will also inspect to see to it there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have never had any issues in the past with normal use of your fireplace, this is the suggested evaluation.
An advanced evaluation, or Level 2 inspection, is extra in depth. This will include everything that is completed with a basic inspection with the addition of a electronic camera or other tool to inspect the entire flue as well as inner chimney structure. It would additionally include an inspection of the attic as well as any locations surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of evaluation done during a property purchase for the sale or purchase of a residential or commercial property. It's likewise suggested if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, 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 great deal of changes in the way you use your fire place, then the more thorough evaluation is also recommended.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the evaluations performed in Level 1 and 2 inspections, yet also includes the removal of portions of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is just done in extreme situations when it is definitely necessary in order to validate the safety and security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be performed yearly and maintained as required.