Chimney Inspections & Video Scan
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) are dedicated to preventing house fires and keeping homeowners as safe as possible. That’s why both organizations recommend that all chimneys, regardless of usage, be inspected every single year. Making inspections a part of your annual maintenance plan can help prevent fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, chimney system damage, leaks, and all sorts of unpleasant situations.
The team here at Black Moose Chimney & Stove specializes in chimney inspections, and uses state-of-the-art video scans to ensure the most thorough, accurate evaluation. We’re CSIA-certified and closely follow the NFPA’s guidelines for proper chimney inspections each and every time.
The 3 Levels & When They’re Needed
The NFPA has divided chimney inspections into 3 levels, each necessary at different times. Here’s a little bit about each and when each is needed:
Level 1: Level 1 inspections are very basic, in that they do not require the use of any specialized tools. Level 1 inspections can suffice if no issues are noticed with the chimney system or appliance, and no changes have been made since the previous inspection. During a level 1 inspection, all easily accessible areas of the system are evaluated.
Level 2: Level 2 inspections require a bit more than level 1 inspections, and are typically associated with changes and are recommended in the following circumstances:
- A change in appliance
- A change in fuel type
- A change in flue liner
- A change in system efficiency or functionality
- A change of ownership
If you’re switching from wood to gas (for example), or have had a new appliance or flue liner installed, a level 2 inspection should be performed. Likewise, if you’ve noticed a change in your system or have had a chimney fire or major weather event that could have affected your system in some way, a level 2 inspection is the way to go. And finally, if you’re selling or buying the property, a level 2 inspection is necessary.
During a level 2 inspection, we’ll clean the entire system and perform our 66-point inspection, video scanning your flue, taking pictures of your system, and providing a formal report.
Level 3: Level 3 inspections are really only performed if a level 2 inspection can’t get to the bottom of an issue. With a level 3 inspection, the technician may remove parts of the system or home in order to locate the source of the problem.
Request Your Inspection Today!
Here at Black Moose Chimney, we perform video scans and inspections with each and every chimney sweeping service. We want you to be as safe as possible and to be in the know if there is an issue with your system. If you’d like to schedule your annual inspection, give Black Moose Chimney & Stove a call at (603) 525-7905 or click here. We’re here to help keep you safe and comfortable, season after season!