Our technician will perform a Full Chimney Sweep and Level I Inspection. After services are complete our technician will provide a written inspection report clearly listing whether or not the various chimney components are in satisfactory condition.
It is recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America that chimneys be cleaned and or inspected on an annual basis to reduce the risk of chimney fires and increase heating efficiency. Chimney fires are caused by built up creosote accumulating throughout the chimney and becoming hot enough to ignite. Proper maintenance and cleaning can significantly reduce the buildup of creosote, reducing the risk of a potential chimney fire.
To prepare for your chimney sweep we kindly ask that you stop burning in the unit at least 12 hours before your scheduled sweep. We need the unit cool enough for the sweep equipment to pass safely through the chimney and for the technician to be able to properly inspect the system.
In a Level I inspection, your chimney service technician will 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 connection. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.
A Level I inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance.
In a Level II inspection, your chimney service technician will perform a more thorough inspection, which includes a complete visual inspection of the interior of the chimney using a video scanning device that is inserted into the flue. The technician will be examining the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. Additionally, the technician will examine accessible portions of the chimney that could be located in attics, crawl spaces, and basements; to address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.
A Level II inspection is required when changes are made to the system. Changes include: flue type, changes to the shape or materials in the flue (liner), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.
Additionally, a Level II inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that a Level II inspection is warranted.
If a Level I or Level II inspection suggests any hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level III inspection would be recommended. A Level III inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level III inspection.
If it is necessary for a Level III inspection to be performed, we will provide a full proposal and scope of the project.