Chimney Inspection Seattle, Bellevue, King County
When was the last time you had a Chimney Inspection? If you answered "over a year" or "I can't remember" then its time. The National Fire Protection Association says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary."
For a quick explanation of how our chimney inspections are done please visit see the video and read the descriptions below:
There are three levels of inspection as defined by the NFPA:
Includes examination and documentation of the readily accessible** portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Making sure the chimney's structure and flue is sound and free from defects, as well as checking the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.
A level 1 is a good fit for you if: your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance.
A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection. It includes all aspects of the level 1 inspection and shall also include an in-depth visual inspection by video scanning or other means to examine the internal areas of the chimney's flues. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection. There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection.
A Level 2 inspection is required required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 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 this level of inspection is warranted.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of permanent components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.
A Level 3 Inspection is needed - When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended.