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Below is an explanation of the three levels of inspections and what services your chimney service
technician should provide for each level as defined by the NFPA 211:
Level 1 inspections - If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use
your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1
inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and
with the continued use of the same appliance. In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service
technician should examine the readily accessible** portions of the chimney exterior, interior and
accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for
the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and
connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible
Level 2 Inspections –A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system.
Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e.
relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.
Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an
operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building
fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of
inspection is warranted. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection.
– When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be
performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3
inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the
condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as
necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for
the completion of a Level 3 inspection. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1
inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl
spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.
There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings
in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video
scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners
incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the
chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.
Level 3 Inspections
– A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection,
as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal
of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to
gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a
Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.
* Accessible: May require the use of commonly available tools to remove doors, panels or coverings,
but will not damage the chimney or building structure or finish.
** Readily Accessible: Exposed, or capable of being exposed, for operation, inspection, maintenance
or repair without the use of tools to open or remove doors, panels or coverings.
|A BASIC INSPECTION IS INCLUDED WITH OUR CHIMNEY SWEEPING SERVICES . IF THERE IS A QUESTION OF
THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR CHIMNEY A MORE IN DEPTH INSPECTION MAY BE NEEDED. WE OFFER THREE
LEVELS OF CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS AND CHIM SCAN VIDEO INSPECTION SERVICES. DONT ASSUME YOUR
CHIMNEY SYSTEM IS SAFE HAVE YOUR CHIMNEY INSPECTED TO BE SURE!