Chimney inspection and cleaning services
NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (NFPA)The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) now recognizes three (3) different types of chimney inspections, Level 1—Level 2—and Level 3. Below, please find the “Basic” explanation of what each level of inspection is—and when it’s suggested.
Level 1 inspection: This is a power sweep and visual inspection of readily accessible areas of the chimney structure and flue. We inspect obstruction or combustible deposits in the flue, basic appliance installation and connection. We also look at the exterior of the chimney to note any structural issues with the brick or chimney crown and evidence of leakage. This is a basic visual inspection of your chimney. If you haven’t made any changes to your burning system and plan to use it in the same way you have in the past this inspection will provide details of condition and integrity of your chimney
Level 2 inspection: This inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of the property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. This level of inspection is more in-depth. A Level 2 inspection includes a power sweep and video camera inspection allowing us to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. 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.
Level 3 inspection: 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 to gain access to areas of concern. This may include wall sections, chimney crowns and other chimney components. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.
Having your chimney inspected, and swept regularly is the best way to prevent chimney fires and maintain a safe fireplace/chimney for your family to enjoy.