What are the three levels of chimney inspections?

A yearly chimney sweep and inspection are the easiest ways to prevent and catch problems with your chimney. Inspections assess the condition of your chimney and diagnose any problems you may be having. If you have any concerns about your chimney, it is imperative to schedule a chimney inspection with a trusted professional as soon as possible. There are actually different levels of chimney inspections set by the National Fire Protection Association, and it is important to get the inspection that best suits your needs. In this post, we outline each level of chimney inspection.

Level 1 Chimney Inspection

A Level 1 inspection is the most standard inspection done, and the minimum requirement. A certified technician assesses the readily available interior and exterior of your chimney to determine the soundness of the chimney structure and flue and the appliance connections. When you opt for a chimney sweep and inspection, the chimney professional will also ensure that your chimney is free of obstruction and soot. 

 

The Level 1 Chimney Inspection is ideal for those who plan to continue using the chimney in the same way you always have and under the same conditions. For those who are not currently noticing any concerns and have a healthy chimney, a Level 1 Inspection will suffice. 

 

Level 2 Chimney Inspection

The Level 2 inspection is a bit more detailed than the Level 1, and is required under certain conditions, and when any changes are made to the system. You should opt for a Level 2 Chimney Inspection when:

  • Buying or selling a property with a fireplace
  • The chimney sustained weather damage or a fire
  • You plan to use the chimney for extended periods

 

A certified chimney sweep must provide this inspection. The inspection includes a visual inspection as well as a camera scan to examine all internal surfaces and joints of flue liners in the chimney. Typically, a Level 2 inspection is required when there is a concern about the chimney or if there are any changes to the chimney/home. 

 

Level 3 Inspection 

A Level 3 inspection is the most involved type of inspection and is required when the chimney is in critical condition. When there is a clear problem with the chimney and a likely need for repair, a Level 3 inspection is used to cut open or remove parts of the walls to access parts of the chimney. A Level 3 inspection can uncover structural weaknesses, the original design, and any damage. 

 

Regardless of the reason or level of inspection you need, the Chimney & Masonry Outfitters can help! We offer top quality service for all three levels of inspection to ensure your chimney is in working order. Protect your chimney, home, and family today and schedule a chimney sweep and inspection with CMO. Visit our website to learn more or contact us HERE