The Different Levels of a Chimney Inspection

Whether you use your fireplace a little or a lot over the course of a winter, you know safety is important. The most important thing you can do to keep it running efficiently and safely is to have it inspected and cleaned on an annual basis. But did you know that there are actually different levels of inspections that you can have done? The level of inspection you need will depend on factors such as:The Different Levels of a Chimney Inspection Image - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney

  • how often you use your fireplace,
  • what type of wood you burn,
  • if you have made any improvements,
  • if any natural disasters occured,
  • and what state of repair your chimney is in.

Level One

If you use your fireplace on a regular basis, but don’t put it to through too much rigor, and if you keep it maintained on a regular basis, you’ll just need a level one inspection and cleaning. In this type of inspection, your chimney specialist will just look for the obvious. They’ll inspect those things that are accessible on the exterior of your chimney, the interior, and the actual appliance itself. This is all that’s necessary if your appliance has stayed the same and if you’d made no changes in the exterior of the chimney or how you burn your fire. The inspector will also be looking for any signs that a good cleaning is needed, such as an excessive creosote buildup. If so, your chimney sweep will be able to do the cleaning on the spot.

Level Two

If you’ve made changes to the fireplace, gotten a new type of burning appliance, bought a new house that has a fireplace, or had damage to your home due to a chimney fire, tornado, high winds, or any other natural disaster, you’ll want to call your inspector and schedule a level two inspection. This will entail a more in-depth, detailed inspection, which could include a video inspection of the interior of your chimney in order to see if there is further damage that needs to be repaired. The inspector may also decide to inspect your attic and your roof.

Level Three

If the inspector finds that there is damage that needs repair, he’ll probably recommend a level three type inspection. This means that they will probably have to do an intrusive investigation. This may require tearing down parts of the fireplace or chimney and then rebuilding after repair work is complete. This type of inspection may require special tools, and it often takes place after a chimney fire has occurred.

Call in Quality Inspectors

At Pozzi Chimney Sweep we pride ourselves on doing a professional, quality job, regardless of what level of inspection you are looking to have completed. They have the training and tools to make sure your chimney and fireplace system stays running safely and efficiently.