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Chimney Inspection FAQs

If your property has a chimney that brings your comfort and warmth, you will know how important it is to maintain it. Chimney maintenance is protecting your home. 

The seemingly minor tasks like chimney inspection and chimney cleaning are the ones that could save you from costly and dangerous damage. But they are often omitted, particularly chimney inspections.

If you want to know more about chimney inspections, you have come to the right place. We have provided the answer to all chimney inspection FAQs with our expertise in chimneys!

Is A Chimney Inspection Necessary?

A chimney inspection and chimney cleaning are two things that go hand in hand. A chimney and fireplace inspection are a top concern. A simple issue can become a fire or structural hazard. Still, you not only require a chimney inspection to tell if you need a sweep.

Continue experiencing true comfort by using your chimney and ensuring it is secure to do so. You can dismiss or diagnose any structural, water, rust, brick, and rot damage with a chimney inspection.

What Does A Chimney Inspection Cover?

The Chimney Safety Institute of America states that there are three levels of a chimney inspection. In each one, there are different aspects covered:

1. Level 1 chimney inspection: Level 1 consists of an eye inspection, usually with mirrors and flashlights. It is non-invasive as it only covers accessible areas. The idea is to tell if you need chimney cleaning, spot any signs of other types of damage, and determine if you need a more in-depth inspection.

“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 deposits.” – CSIA.

2. Level 2 chimney inspection: A Level 2 chimney and fireplace inspection is also a visual inspection using cameras; the process is called video scanning. At King Chimney Repairs, we can perform these video inspections.

Level 2 inspections are more extensive. They cover numerous items such as holes in the flue, missing joints, flue tiles, chimney structure, connector pipes, ratios, hearth extensions, and so on. It also covers your attic, basement, and roof.

“A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney.” – CSIA.

3. Level 3 chimney inspection: A Level 3 Chimney and fireplace inspection occurs when the chimney specialist has detected worse issues in areas that aren’t visible or accessible.

This level is invasive and could imply cutting into a wall, removing a wall, demolition, and so on. It will also cover every aspect discussed in Levels 1 and 2.

“A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the chimney 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.” – CSIA.

When Do You Need A Chimney Inspection?

Chimney experts advise property owners to perform annual level 1 chimney inspections. We recommend you do it months before the burning season. Between April and September, you get a good weather pattern and accessible schedules.

However, if a real estate transaction, traumatic event, or changing the system or chimney appliances, a level 2 chimney, and fireplace inspection is mandatory.

You will only need to get a level 3 inspection to inspect further issues found in the previous levels or a severe event that takes place, like a chimney fire or an earthquake.

Can You Do A Chimney Inspection On Your Own?

Many property owners get tempted to do chimney cleaning on their own. While you can DIY it, it is best to leave the inspection for experts. A chimney cleaning or sweep generally follows a chimney inspection. Therefore it can be more convenient to have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional.

Level 2 and 3 inspections are mainly best left for professionals, as they can prevent risks and correctly detect any problems that your chimney has.

Hopefully, this blog has cleared your doubts and given you a much clearer idea of chimney inspection. Now, if you know it is time to get one, you can rely on King Chimney Repairs for level 1 and 2 chimney inspection and sweeps.

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