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A basic inspection called a Level 1 inspection is a visual inspection without making use of any type of special tools. A service technician will check all the standard structures that are accessible with a flashlight to make sure that there is no damage or deterioration. They will additionally check to ensure there is absolutely nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or leaves. If you have never had any type of concerns in the past with normal use of your fireplace, this is the advised evaluation.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is more extensive. This will consist of everything that is completed with a basic evaluation with the addition of a camera or other device to check the whole flue and interior chimney structure. It would likewise include an inspection of the attic as well as any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the kind of inspection done during a real estate deal for the sale or purchase of a residential property. It's likewise recommended if you have had recent damage, quakes, chimney fires, or any event which may 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 use your fireplace, then the more extensive evaluation is also advised.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the assessments performed in Level 1 and 2 inspections, however also consists of the removal of parts of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This sort of inspection is just done in severe circumstances when it is definitely necessary in order to validate the safety of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be carried out annually and maintained as required.