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What is the Difference Between Level 1, 2, and 3 Chimney Inspections?

The National Fire Protection Association is the nation’s governing body when it comes to standards set for chimney inspections. The NFPA outlines three levels of chimney inspection, depending on what circumstances are occurring that have triggered the inspection.

In general, the greater the number level of inspection the more detailed the inspection will be. A Certified Chimney Sweep like Chicago’s best sweep, Valley Chimney Sweep & Restoration Services should be able to handle each level.

What is a Level 1 Chimney Inspection?

Level 1 Chimney Inspection is the very minimum requirement for any appliance or venting system, and is the most common inspection. If you plan to use your appliance or venting system (chimney) the way you always have and under the same conditions, a Level 1 inspection will be sufficient.

With a Level 1 inspection, you’ll receive an inspection of all the readily available portions of the interior and exterior of your chimney or venting system. A certified technician will ensure the basic soundness of the structure and flue, along with basic appliance connections.  The technician also will ensure the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits. If not, a cleaning service will be done in order to ensure continued safe usage.

What is a Level 2 Chimney Inspection?

A Level 2 chimney inspection is a bit more complex and is required when:

  • Buying or selling a home or business with a fireplace
  • The chimney survived weather damage or a fire
  • You want to use the chimney for extended periods

A Level 2 Chimney Inspection conducted by a Certified Chimney Sweep is a little more detailed than a Level 1. A visual inspection of the inside parts of the fireplace and chimney is required. The Chimney Safety Institute of America, of which we are longtime members, and the NFPA work hand-in-hand on fire safety, so if your Home Owners Association or real estate buyer is asking for an NFPA Level II Venting Inspection or NFPA 211, you can be sure a Certified Chimney Sweep knows how to perform this inspection.

The NFPA Level 2 Venting Inspection includes the design, installation, maintenance, and inspection of chimneys, fireplaces, and venting systems in all residential, commercial, or industrial buildings.

What is a Level 3 Chimney Inspection?

A Level 3 Chimney Inspection is usually required when the construction of the chimney is necessary for the continued or renewed use of the chimney due to potentially unseen defects. The Level 3 inspection could include opening or removing an interior wall to access hidden parts of the chimney. This level of inspection normally occurs when a more serious problem has been identified and a method of repair needs to be determined.

A Certified Chimney Sweep should be able to identify all three Levels of Inspection with ease. If you ask, and a chimney sweep scratches their head, or can’t offer a clear explanation for the type you may need, it’s time to pick up the phone and call the country’s longest continually certified team of chimney service experts at Valley Chimney Sweep and Restoration Services.

Why You Should Get A Chimney Inspection From Valley Chimney

Valley Chimney is a family-owned and operated business that has been performing chimney inspections all around the Chicagoland area. We are a long-standing and trustworthy organization. We have been sweeping and inspecting chimneys in western Chicago since 1978.

If you are looking for a top-rated chimney inspection company in Chicago look no further than Valley Chimney. Our family-owned and operated company had served over 55,000 chimneys since 1978. Our clients are located in the far west suburbs of Chicago and receive quality services from our Certified Chimney Sweeps™.

Our clients choose us for their chimney inspection because we get the job done right!

  • CSIA Certified
  • We provide efficient & reliable services
  • Value keeping our customers happy & safe
  • We have years of experience and offer expertise
  • Valley Chimney has an amazing reputation
  • Valley demonstrates meticulousness in their work

Without a doubt, we provide the best chimney inspection service in West Chicago suburbs like Naperville, Aurora, Yorkville, and more! See if we serve an area near you – chimney inspection near me.

Top Chimney Services Offered by Valley Chimney

We offer a variety of chimney services such as chimney inspections, chimney sweeps and cleanings, and fireplace draft problem analysis.

Our valued customers seek our expertise for various common fireplace-related issues, including the problem of smoke back-puffing into their homes or the need to eliminate unpleasant fireplace odors.

Our efficient and reliable chimney services are designed to leave your property better than ever. Trust our dedicated team to assess and solve the problems promptly, while respecting your time and property. Experience exceptional results and enjoy a transformed fireplace and chimney experience with our comprehensive solutions.

“We have used Valley Chimney over the years and for good reason(s). First, they know their stuff. Second, we trust them to do what they say they will. If you’re looking for the best service/quality at a reasonable price look no further than Valley Chimney.”

‐ Ansel W.

Our full list of chimney sweep services includes both maintenance and restorative work. This means that we can service your chimney through the following & more:

Waterproof Chimney ProfessionalsHire Valley Chimney for Your Next Chimney Inspection

When it comes to your next chimney inspection, Valley Chimney is the ideal choice. Whether you need a level 1, 2, or 3 chimney inspection our experienced team brings their expertise to get the inspection done right.

Focusing on things like efficiency and reliability you will receive a top-rated chimney inspection that leaves you with solutions to the problems found. From our professionalism to our commitment to delivering exceptional results, Valley Chimney is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and satisfying experience. Hire us for your next chimney inspection and enjoy peace of mind knowing your fireplace is in good hands.

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