Level 1 vs Level 2 Chimney Inspections
We frequently talk about the importance of chimney inspections. These act as your primary line of defense against problems such as leaks and house fires. As the former can happen even with an inactive chimney while the latter from a chimney that hasn’t been properly swept, we think it’s important to reiterate the importance of this annual task. However, most homeowners don’t know that there are two kinds of chimney inspections. Let’s go over Level 1 vs Level 2 chimney inspections and why you might want to schedule one of them ASAP.
The importance of a chimney and fireplace inspection
Regardless of which style of inspection you schedule, you must have one at least annually. When you contact Chimney Specialists, our CSIA-certified technician will visit your home and review each of your chimney components. They’ll be looking at things such as:
- The chimney’s structural integrity;
- Any visible spalling, cracks, or problems with your masonry;
- The state of your crown and cap;
- And the level of creosote within your flue, removing it while on-site.
The first three of these can help to prolong the life of your chimney while preventing damage to other parts of your home. And while they all have a fire-related safety component (a missing cap can lead to leaves and debris in your flue, causing a fire), the biggest reason to schedule an inspection is to remove creosote.
This is a sticky, black, tar-like substance that can break off, escape your flue while hot and smoldering, then land on your roof and start a fire.
What is a Level 1 chimney inspection?
That’s the purpose of an overall inspection. But what is a Level 1 chimney inspection?
During one, your technician will review the state of your chimney. They’ll visually inspect its outside structure, review the cleanliness of your flue, and remove any creosote build-up. A Level 1 chimney inspection usually doesn’t involve any kind of special tools as it looks at what is immediately obvious.
What is a Level 2 chimney inspection?
A Level 2 chimney inspection goes a step further. This will sometimes involve video equipment to take a closer look at the hard-to-reach places within your flue. The goal is to unpack hidden hazards that may impact your home’s safety.
It’s worth noting that with an active fireplace, in most jurisdictions you are required to conduct a Level 2 inspection upon the sale or transfer of your home.
Level 1 Vs Level 2 chimney inspections compared
Generally speaking, a Level 1 inspection is less involved. You should schedule an inspection of this type if there has been no change since your last one.
However, if you’re noticing visible problems such as cracks or stains on your masonry, then you should schedule a Level 2 inspection. And of course, if you’re preparing to sell your home then you would also need the latter option.
Contact us to schedule your next inspection!
Whichever type of inspection you need, our team is here to help. We’ve been serving the tri-state area for many years and have highly-trained technicians ready to take care of any chimney problem you may have.
Would you like to get in touch with us? Then contact Chimney Specialists, Inc. at 608-929-4887 or by sending us a message via our short online contact form.