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A fundamental assessment called a Level 1 inspection is a visual assessment without the use of any type of special devices. A service technician will check all the basic structures that are accessible with a hand-held light to make sure that there is no damage or deterioration. They will also check to ensure there is nothing obstructing the chimney such as birds nests or leaves. If you have not had any type of problems in the past with routine use of your fire place, this is the recommended inspection.
An advanced evaluation, or Level 2 inspection, is a lot more in depth. This will consist of everything that is executed with a standard evaluation with the addition of a video camera or other device to examine the entire flue and also internal chimney structure. It would also include an inspection of the attic as well as any locations surrounding the chimney.
A Level 2 inspection is the sort of evaluation executed during a real estate 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 type of event which might have impacted the structure of the chimney. If you're preparing to have a chimney relining or you've made a lot of adjustments in the way you use your fireplace, then the more extensive examination is also suggested.
A Level 3 inspection consists of all the assessments carried out in Level 1 and 2 inspections, but additionally includes the removal of portions of the chimney or building such as the chimney crown or masonry. This sort of inspection is just carried out in extreme circumstances when it is absolutely needed in order to validate the safety of the chimney.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that at minimum a Level 1 inspection be performed yearly and maintained as required.