What are the differences between the various chimney inspection levels?



Inspection Levels for Chimneys

According to the NFPA every chimney owner should to a chimney inspection on a yearly basis. The National Fire Protection Association has created a very specific set of standards designed to promote better and reliable inspections for your chimney. In order to do that, the NFPA has issued chimney classifications that span through three different levels. Each one of these levels has a specific CSIA certified chimney sweet criteria that has to be passed in order for the inspection to go properly.

Level 1

This is the minimal inspection required by the NFPA. The inspector will check if there are any obstructions that interfere with the chimney and if there are any creosotes or combustible deposits. The CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will offer a complete checkup of the chimney to ensure that the installation was made properly, that the connections are in place and the flue works as requested. You don’t need more than a level 1 inspection if the chimney is easy to access and you don’t want to make any changes to it.

Level II

The level II inspections are necessary if you made changes to the structure of your chimney. This secondary level integrates all level I checkups but at the same time it also integrates a basement, attic and crawl space inspection. Depending on the situation, the level II inspection might also include video inspections and a performance test.

When should you do a level II chimney inspection?

• If you added new heating appliances in your home
• If you placed a new liner on the chimney
• If the building or the chimney caught on fire
• If you want to transfer the property or sell it
• If you changed the fuel type for your chimney
• If you encountered a malfunction
• If you modified the chimney structure

Level III

This type of inspection is necessary if a potential hazard is indeed suspected and the chimney or some parts of the building need to be removed in order to eliminate the issue. This third level inspection is based on the previous levels but it also comes with specifics depending on the situation.

The Safety Inspection Report

The report includes a complete description of all that the technician has done during the chimney cleaning process It also integrates all the recommendations and findings The report also integrates cap images in full color and it will also include chase images that can be done from the roof if possible. A close-up will be needed in order to showcase the spots with potential issues.