Inspection & Cleaning – cleans and prevents the buildup of creosote within the chimney which creates the risk of a chimney fire and deterioration of components
Level I Inspection & Cleaning - Gas & Wood Fireplace and Stoves
A Level I inspection is the standard level of inspection and is performed as recommended by the NFPA when an evaluation of the chimney system for continued use is needed and system will continued to be utilized in the same manner with the same or similar components.
A visual inspection of readily accessible portions of the chimney, chimney connections, and flue for proper connection and installation, damage or deterioration, and combustible deposits or evidence of malfunction is performed of both interior and exterior.
A thorough clean of the flue will be performed to remove combustible deposits and any obstructions inhibiting proper ventilation
Level II Inspection & Cleaning - Gas & Wood Fireplace and Stoves
A Level II inspection are performed as recommended by the NFPA when a Level I inspection is insufficient to determine condition of the chimney. Inspections utilize a video scanner for a thorough inspection of hard to access areas.
These inspections are typical:
- When an appliance or appliances have been changed or added with one of dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.
- Prior to lining or relining of the flue
- Prior to sale or transfer of the property
- After the malfunction of appliance
- After an event has occurred which may have caused damage to the chimney (chimney fire or sever storm)
A Level II inspection includes all of the requirements of a Level I inspection and as well as the following:
- Inspection of enclosed flues which includes an evaluation of the flue lining for appropriateness of its material and sizing to the connected appliances being served
- Proper clearance to combustibles in the accessible areas
Level II inspection call for thorough inspection of any accessible attic, crawl spaces, and basement areas without removal or destruction of attached portions of the chimney or building structure.
Level III Inspection & Cleaning - Gas & Wood Fireplace and Stoves
A Level III inspection is the most thorough inspection and are required when a level II inspection is insufficient to determine condition of the chimney. These inspections are utilized for concealed areas and are typical when:
- Know damage has occurred due to weather or seismic event
- A Level II inspection has indicated damage to a concealed area but damage cannot be assessed
- In the investigation of a chimney fire
A Level III inspection includes all of the requirements of a Level I and Level II inspection. Due to the necessary removal of portions of the chimney or building structure the inspector will discuss and coordinate the inspection with the property owner prior to any work being performed.