A Chimney Inspection is a complete examination of both the interior and exterior of your chimney to discover or determine any damage, deterioration, buildup or other obstructions that can block ventilation. It is recommended that homeowners should have a yearly chimney inspection. Certain levels of inspection are required of a homeowner when there is a change to the system or an appliance is replaced. Additionally, whenever a home transfers ownership, an inspection is required.
There are 3 levels of chimney inspections that have been established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA & NFPA 211) in regards to home heating appliances.
During a Level 1 chimney inspection, our technician will examine the easily accessible parts of the interior and exterior of your chimney and check the integrity of your chimney structure and flue, as well as any basic appliance connections. The technician will also examine the nature of the combustible deposits within the chimney and the clearance of the ventilation pathway.
Level 1 chimney inspections are recommended for chimney’s that are used on a regular basis but may not be experiencing problems.
This level of chimney inspection includes all Level 1 characteristics plus a thorough examination of all accessible interior and exterior portions of a chimney (including attics, crawl spaces & basements) to ensure proper clearance from combustibles in these accessible locations. In addition, a video inspection examines the flue liner surfaces and joints for cracks in the mortar and other potentially hazardous conditions that may exist within your chimney.
A Level 2 chimney inspection is required when making a change to your heating system, either by adding or replacing an appliance, changing fuel types, operational malfunction, significant weather event, building fire, or a transfer of ownership.
**It is important to note that during a Level 1 or 2 chimney inspection, that no removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure are required**
When either level of inspection indicates a hidden hazard that cannot be accessed because it is in a concealed area of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. This level, while uncommon, may include removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure to obtain access.