Level I. Level I chimney inspections are recommended annually by the NFPA and are the industry standard for chimney systems that appear to be operating normally and have been properly maintained each year. As long as you haven’t made any changes to your chimney or hearth and haven’t noticed any problems or changes with regards to efficiency, a level I will likely suffice for your annual inspection. This level of inspection is mainly visual and doesn’t require any specialized tools, but will allow us to check for creosote or flue obstructions.
Level II. Level II chimney inspections are recommended by the NFPA when a home is changing hands (i.e. the buying or selling of a property), a change has been made (i.e. new flue liner or stove), a change in performance has been noted, or something has occurred that may have damaged the chimney (i.e. a chimney fire or severe weather event). With a level II inspection, we’re able to get a more comprehensive look at the chimney system using video scanning technology. Video inspections are performed by certified chimney professionals. During a video inspection, we feed a video camera down into or up into the chimney flue, which allows us to see the smoke chamber and flue liner up close. Without video scanning technology, it’s impossible to get a true look at the interior of the chimney flue, which means without it, we can’t always see every threat, crack, or area of concern. We also check all easily accessible areas of the chimney system during a video inspection, including attics and crawl spaces.
Level III. Level III inspections are for chimneys that are experiencing issues we can’t resolve without removing certain portions of the chimney or the surrounding areas of the home. Because these inspections can be destructive, they are really reserved as a last resort.
We provide written reports and photo documentation so you’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with when we’re finished with the inspection.