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A fundamental evaluation called a Level 1 inspection is a visual assessment without the use of any type of special tools. A service technician will examine all the standard structures that are accessible with a hand-held flashlight to make sure that there is no damage or wear and tear. They will likewise check to ensure there is absolutely nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or leaves. If you have never had any problems in the past with routine use of your fireplace, this is the suggested evaluation.
An advanced evaluation, or Level 2 inspection, is much more comprehensive. This will consist of everything that is carried out with a fundamental assessment with the addition of a cam or other tool to examine the entire flue and interior chimney structure. It would likewise include an inspection of the attic as well as any locations surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the type of evaluation carried out during a property deal for the sale or purchase of a home. It's additionally recommended if you have had recent damage, earthquakes, chimney fires, or any kind of 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 adjustments in the way you use your fireplace, then the more extensive examination is additionally suggested.
A Level 3 inspection consists of all the evaluations executed 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 type of inspection is just carried out in serious circumstances when it is definitely necessary in order to verify the security of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be carried out annually and maintained as required.