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A basic inspection called a Level 1 inspection is a visual evaluation without making use of any type of special tools. A technician will inspect all the basic structures that are accessible with a hand-held flashlight to make certain that there is no damage or deterioration. They will additionally examine to ensure there is nothing blocking the chimney such as birds nests or build up. If you have never had any type of issues in the past with normal use of your fireplace, this is the suggested inspection.
An advanced inspection, or Level 2 inspection, is more detailed. This will consist of everything that is completed with a fundamental evaluation with the addition of a video camera or other tool to check the entire flue and internal chimney structure. It would likewise include an inspection of the attic and any areas bordering the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the kind of evaluation performed during a real estate transaction for the sale or purchase of a residential property. It's additionally advised if you have had recent damage, quakes, chimney fires, or any event which may have impacted the structure of the chimney. If you're preparing to have a chimney relining or you have actually made a great deal of adjustments in the way you use your fireplace, then the more in-depth evaluation is also suggested.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the evaluations done in Level 1 and 2 inspections, yet also consists of the removal of parts of the chimney or building like the chimney crown or masonry. This sort of inspection is just done in severe circumstances when it is absolutely needed in order to confirm the safety of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association advises that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be done yearly and maintained as required.