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Are You Considering Having Your Chimney Inspected?
Chimney inspections by licensed professionals offer the most comprehensive service to protect your home. A thorough inspection will identify problems before a fire can start and save your home and family from harm. A good chimney inspector thoroughly examines your flue and its components, looking for defects such as cracks, creosote buildup, and insect infestation. It also checks for the presence of dirt, mortar, and other debris in the flue, as well as a lack of proper ventilation.
A quality level 1 chimney inspection service will include a detailed examination of the entire chimney system. This includes the inside of the main chimney, the bottom of the flue, the top, sides, and roof. If a crack or other defect is found, the inspector performs a visual examination of the area. Specifically, he is looking for evidence of an insect infestation, cracks in the masonry, creosote buildup, condensation, and/or water seepage.
The level 2 chimney inspection service typically includes a second visual examination of the flue. The inspector first checks the inside of the flue to determine whether there is a venting problem. Signs of excess creosote build up and condensation may indicate that you need a new chimney. Insect infestation indicates that the combustion product used to heat the house is deteriorating.
Level I chimney inspections are performed strictly upon written orders from a local government agency. These orders generally specify the location, condition, and severity of the condition. A licensed inspector will perform an inspection to the highest standards and follow state guidelines for repairing chimneys. He will address any specific safety concerns you have about the location of the fireplace, including regulations about venting, flue vents, ash flue control, and embers.
Level I and level II inspections are required in most areas. If you have purchased an appliance that has been certified as safe to use but has not yet been installed, you can still perform a level ii inspection. Your appliance salesman will be able to give you the recommended inspection service number for the appliance you have purchased. During the inspection, your chimney inspector will check the following areas: chimney flue joints, ceramic tile, roof, and appliance venting system.
If your appliance dealer does not supply a chimney inspection service number, or if you do not have a chimney in need of repairs, you should consider purchasing a chimney inspection kit. These kits include all of the parts and accessories necessary to perform a level one inspection on your chimney. They are also convenient because you can simply use them after purchasing your appliance to install the chimney in your own home. In addition, chimney liners, flexible pipe fittings and stainless steel drain tiles are commonly available from your local hardware store.