Annual Chimney Inspections Are a Must
If you haven’t used your chimney lately, that doesn’t mean it’s ready to go when you want to start a fire. Remember that, over time, a variety of things (such as animals) can get into your chimney and cause obstructions that can block airflow and make your dirty chimney dangerous.
Before using your chimney, it’s critically important to have it inspected. Even if your chimney looks pristine on the outside, there could be hidden damage within that could cause a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or a chimney fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimneys should be inspected:
- At least once a year
- Whenever a home is purchased
- Any time there has been a change to any appliance that vents into the chimney
- Any time there has been significant structural work done to the home
The 3 Levels of Inspection
Clean Sweeps conducts chimney inspections according to the guidelines set by the NFPA. There are three levels of chimney inspections and each level has a specific scope of work.
A level I chimney inspection is the most common type of chimney inspection. If you have been using your fireplace regularly without any problems, a Level 1 inspection is appropriate. In this inspection, the technician will verify that the chimney structure is sound and free of obstructions or combustible deposits. This is a visual inspection only.
If you’ve purchased a new home heating appliance, made a change to an existing appliance that is vented through your chimney, or if you suspect that there is damage to your chimney, a level 2 inspection should be conducted. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a level 1 inspection, plus examination of any accessible portions of attics, crawl spaces and basements. A smoke test or pressure test may also be performed. Your technician will also do an interior chimney video inspection of your chimney.
A Level 3 inspection is performed when a hidden hazard is suspected that cannot be uncovered without accessing concealed areas of the chimney structure and flue. This inspection will include everything from the Level 1 and 2 inspections, plus an evaluation of the chimney construction as well as the condition of the concealed portions of the chimney and flue. Level 3 inspections are usually necessary when assessing damage that has occurred to the chimney or to the building structure.
This video gives you even more information in regard to inspections.
Call us today and a Clean Sweeps technician will help you decide which chimney inspection is appropriate for you.
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Regular cleaning and inspection of your air duct system is also very important to the health and safety of you and your family. That’s why it is one of the services we offer here at Clean Sweeps of Michigan