A chimney inspection is essential for multiple reasons, including keeping your chimney fully functional and preventing fires. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) outlines three levels of chimney inspection. These levels are carried out in different circumstances and being familiar with them can guide you the next time you are trying to schedule an inspection for your chimney.
Level 1 Chimney Inspection
This is the most common type of inspection. It basically involves inspecting the readily visible parts of the chimney’s exterior and interior for signs of damage and dirt. Here, a technician will confirm the soundness of the venting system as well as the connection of appliances. They will also ensure that there are no deposits that can cause obstruction and compromise its efficiency.
Level 2 Chimney Inspection
Level two chimney inspection is more detailed than level 1. It is primarily performed when:
- There was weather damage or fire
- Planning to sell a home or business
- You want to use the chimney for long
At this level, a professional will carry out a thorough inspection of your chimney’s interior and exterior to see whether there are problems that could lead to more damage. According to the NFPA, level two inspection encompasses the design, maintenance, and inspection of venting systems and fireplaces for both residential and commercial buildings.
Level 3 Chimney Inspection
Level three of chimney inspection is the most detailed, and in most cases, it involves the demolition and rebuilding of the entire chimney. It is required when there is an issue that might cause more problems in the future. A level 3 inspection is especially necessary if you anticipate an event (say a storm) that has the potential to destroy the chimney. In such a case, this inspection may help determine whether your chimney can withstand such a catastrophe.
Being aware of the various chimney inspections and knowing what’s included in each inspection type will help you understand which level is right for your situation.
At Fiddler on the Roof Chimney Service, those three levels are condensed into two inspection types to make the inspection process easier for you. Our highly trained and certified chimney technicians can provide you with a comprehensive report that includes digital photos, building codes, industry-standard references, and any recommended repairs. If requested, an exact cost of repairs is available with the report. Contact us to learn more about us!