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FlueTech provides Level 1, 2, and 3 NFPA-recommended chimney and flue inspections.
Annual Chimney and Fireplace Inspections
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends annual inspection of all fireplaces, chimneys and vents.
There are three levels of inspections.
Level 1 Inspections
Level 1 inspections are conducted during routine cleaning of the chimney flue or upon direct replacement of a connected appliances.
This inspection includes readily accessible areas of the chimney, structure and flue. We check for obstructions or combustible deposits in flue, and inspect basic appliance installation and connections.
Level 2 Inspections
Level 2 inspections are needed to verify the suitability of the chimney for new or changed conditions of services or when a Level I inspection is not sufficient to determine the servicability of the chinmey.
Level 2 inspections are conducted under one or more of the following circumstances:
- Upon the addition or removal of one or more connected appliances or replacement of an appliance with one of dissimilar input rating or efficiency
- Prior to relining or replacement of the flue lining
- Upon sale or transfer of the property
- After an operating malfunction or external event likely to have caused damage to the chimney
Level 2 inspections include all items in a Level 1 inspection plus the proper construction and condition of the chimney structure and all enclosed flues. It also includes inspection of the size and suitability of flues for connected appliances.
For Level 2 inspections, our inspectors require access to all accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior, including areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces and basements, and accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connections.
Level 2 inspections include inspection by video scanning or other means of inspection. A copy of the video scan will be provided to the customer.
Level 3 Inspections
Level 3 inspections are conducted under one or more of the following circumstances:
- For the investigation of an incident that has caused damage to the chimney or building
- Where a hazard detected or suspected as the result of a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection cannot be fully evaluated without access to concealed areas
Level 3 inspections include all areas of Level 1 and 2 inspections, proper construction and condition of concealed portions of chimney structure and enclosed flues, and proper clearances from combustibles.
Our inspectors will require access to all external and internal portions of the chimney structure including concealed areas of the building and chimney. Removal of components of the building or chimney may be necessary only to gain access to areas that are subject of the inspection.
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