Have you recently purchased a house with a heating stove and a chimney? If that’s the case, one thing you need to do is to call for a home and chimney inspection. Now, you may be wondering “but are they not the same?”
A home inspection is different from a chimney inspection. To be precise, a home inspector does not usually pay a chimney even a bit of attention. So, what is the difference between a home inspection and a chimney inspection?
Difference between Home and Chimney Inspection
Home Inspection: A home inspector does not follow any uniform checklist. Their primary task is to look around the inside and outside of a house for leaks and damages. Some can be minor, while others can be dangerous for the home or its inhabitants. One would think that this includes the inspection of the fireplace and the chimney, but that is not the case.
Chimney Inspection: A chimney inspection is more in-depth than a home inspection. When you buy a property and contact chimney inspection and repair experts to look over the fireplace and chimney, they will thoroughly examine the entire system.
LEVEL 1 CHIMNEY INSPECTION:
If you have not encountered any problems with your chimney, you will probably only need a Level 1 inspection. During a Level 1 inspection a chimney inspection expert:
- Examines the easily accessible parts from inside and outside the chimney
- The basic structure and chimney flue, and basic appliance installations and fittings
- Ensures that the chimney is obstruction-free
- Inspects the nature and volume of creosote, and other combustible materials in the chimney
LEVEL 2 CHIMNEY INSPECTION:
Level 2 inspection will be necessary for the following scenarios:
- You have made any changes to your heating system, like relining of the chimney
- Added or modified a device
- Experienced malfunctioning of the chimney
- Encountered a fire or natural disaster causing damage
During the inspection, the chimney sweep will take a look at all accessible parts of the chimney and employ a video camera to glance at the chimney flue’s internal surfaces and joints.
This inspection also includes reviewing all external parts of the chimney and fireplace, including access to the chimney from the roof, crawlspace, attic, and other areas with better access to the chimney. The chimney sweeper will examine the chimney’s construction to confirm that it has adequate clearance from the structure of the surrounding house.
LEVEL 3 CHIMNEY INSPECTION:
A Level 3 inspection is recommended in the following cases:
- A Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard
- The assessment cannot be conducted without special tools to access hidden areas of the chimney
A Level 3 inspection concerns the correct construction and condition of the chimney structure and the chimney’s concealed parts. The removal or destruction of permanently attached parts of the chimney or building structure will be required to complete a Level 3 inspection.
A Level 3 inspection includes all zones and elements controlled during Level 1 and Level 2 inspections and the removal of specific components from the building or chimney. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may be required to determine the chimney system’s condition.
Why Choose Us
To find a qualified chimney inspection professional, it is important to do your homework. When you work with us for your chimney inspection and repair, you get the following benefits:
- We have been in the business of chimney inspection and repair for over a decade
- We have a valid company liability insurance policy
- Our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the only certified chimney sweep certification program in the United States.
Whatever the inspection level, ask for a written report and keep it for your records. It is best to let the professionals inspect each year, but you can do your part to ensure proper chimney use. While it’s a good idea to have an annual chimney inspection before you start using your home for the season, it’s never too late to take steps to keep your home and family safe.