You might be curious about what goes on when fireplace inspectors look through your chimney. Find out here what the inspection can entail.

If you are an owner of a chimney, you must get an inspection annually to ensure your fireplace is in working condition and not hazardous. But, what do chimney and fireplace inspectors look for? Find out the different kinds of inspections you can get and what the worker will be looking for to prepare yourself for the annual process.

Level One Inspections: Surface Level Damage & Routine Inspections

Level one inspections are the minimum requirement for chimneys or venting systems and are the most common inspection performed. In this inspection, the chimney company will review the readily available components of the home’s interior and exterior and ensure the soundness of the chimney is intact. They will look for signs of defects and clear the fireplace from obstructions or combustible deposits as they go through this inspection. If you take good care of your chimney year-round, this will be the only inspection you need.

Level Two Inspections: In-Depth Review & Performance Issues

The second level of inspection is for when you are buying or selling a home or your chimney went through extreme damage due to weather and other disasters. Technicians will look at the complete chimney system, including taking a camera to examine the inside of the flue from top to bottom. On top of performing the normal level one inspections, the company will do a more in-depth review of the areas that are not easily accessible to you, along with performance testing like smoke and pressure tests.

Level Three Inspections: Full Investigation Into Incident Related Damage

It is rare if you need a level three inspection, but if your chimney sustained severe damage due to a fire or an earthquake, the technician might require a level three examination after performing the level one and two. The company will conduct a full investigation into the bricks, masonry, flue pipes, chimney crown, interior walls, and everything else around or near the fireplace. Typically these damages require immediate action after they are found in order to keep your home safe.

It is important that chimney and fireplace inspectors look for every possible element that could damage your fireplace. You must do this annually; otherwise, you risk damages that can cost you a hefty amount to repair. Inspections are quick and no hassle—do your chimney a favor and get an inspection today.