The chimney is a major feature of your home, and proper maintenance is crucial for keeping it safe and functional. As you get ready to schedule your chimney inspection, you’ll find there are three levels. Know what each level includes and when it’s appropriate so you can order the right one for your needs.
What to Know About Chimney Inspections
1. Level One
Level one is the most popular inspection type and is recommended if you have recently used your fireplace without any noticeable issues. This preventive chimney inspection ensures that all the readily accessible sections of your chimney are in working order. Chimney sweeps will conduct a visual inspection of the interior using a flashlight and will climb on the roof to study the exterior of the structure.
2. Level Two
A level two inspection is slightly more involved and is recommended if you’ve made any changes in how you use your fireplace or if you’ve had any problems. Sellers typically get a level two inspection before selling their property, and it’s also recommended after an earthquake or any type of fire in the building. In addition to the visual inspection, the inspector will look at the attic, crawlspace, and other accessible spaces. They may use tools such as a small video camera to view the entire flue from the interior.
3. Level Three
The level three inspection is the most thorough and is recommended if you suspect any sort of serious damage to the chimney. In addition to everything included in the level two inspection, this one will look at all the concealed areas of the system. This typically requires removing certain parts of the building or chimney, such as the chimney crown or interior wall.
Whether you’re due for routine maintenance or you’ve noticed a problem when using your fireplace, The Chimney Sweep is fully equipped to handle any type of inspection. Since 1980, founder Terry Osborne and his team have offered a full range of services for residents throughout North Carolina’s Triad region, including fireplace repair, chimney sweeping, and maintenance. Visit the Kernersville-based company online to learn more about their services, or call (336) 993-8999 to schedule your chimney inspection today.