CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS ON YOUR FIREPLACE, CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM, AND/OR WOOD STOVE
The CSIA's Definition: Learn all About the 3 Levels of Chimney Inspections
Level 1 Chimney Inspections
According to the Chimney Sweeping Institute of America or CSIA, "a level 1 inspection should examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits."
Level 2 Chimney Inspections
According to the CSIA, "a level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations."
Level 3 Chimney Inspections
According to the CSIA, "a level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system."