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A fundamental assessment called a Level 1 inspection is a visual assessment without the use of any type of special tools. A professional will check all the basic structures that are accessible with a hand held light to make sure that there is no damage or degeneration. They will also inspect to make sure there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or build up. If you have not had any problems in the past with regular use of your fireplace, this is the advised inspection.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is more in depth. This will consist of everything that is carried out with a basic inspection with the addition of a camera or other tool to inspect the entire flue and inner chimney structure. It would additionally include an assessment of the attic and also any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of evaluation carried out during a property purchase for the sale or purchase of a residential property. It's likewise advised 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 changes in the way you use your fireplace, then the more in-depth evaluation is additionally advised.
A Level 3 inspection consists of all the assessments performed in Level 1 and 2 inspections, yet also consists of the removal of parts of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This kind of inspection is only done in serious circumstances when it is definitely necessary in order to verify the safety of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be executed yearly and maintained as needed.