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A fundamental inspection referred to as a Level 1 inspection is a visual examination without using any special tools. A professional will examine 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 check to make certain there is absolutely nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or debris. If you have never had any kind of issues in the past with routine use of your fireplace, this is the suggested evaluation.
An advanced assessment, or Level 2 inspection, is much more extensive. This will include everything that is carried out with a basic assessment with the addition of a video camera or other tool to check the whole flue and internal chimney structure. It would likewise include an evaluation of the attic and also any locations bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the sort of assessment executed during a property transaction for the sale or purchase of a home. It's also advised if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, chimney fires, or any event which might have impacted 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 fire place, then the more in-depth evaluation is likewise advised.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the assessments executed 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 type of inspection is only carried out in extreme circumstances when it is definitely needed in order to confirm the safety of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be done yearly and maintained as needed.