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.