If you’ve owned and regularly maintained a fireplace for quite some time, then you’re likely used to your yearly level 1 inspections. In many circumstances, a level one inspection is all that’s necessary, especially if you haven’t undergone any major changes in the recent past. That being said, there are circumstances when a more in-depth evaluation is required. That’s where a level 2 inspection comes into play.
Are You Buying Or Selling A Home?
One of the main reasons a homeowner might invest in a level 2 inspection is during the sale or transfer of property. This is a requirement for anyone involved in the process, and it’s important to note that a home inspector won’t cover all of the ins and outs that a certified sweep will. It’s simply not part of their job description, and they aren’t required to look inside the flue at all.
It’s important that all parties involved in the buying or selling process know the value of the home in question, making this a necessary step when evaluating the property. If you want to get an accurate and knowledgeable assessment, depend on our crew. We have the equipment, the training, and the expertise necessary to get the job done right.
Other instances where a level 2 inspection would be necessary would be after a major change was made to the system (such as changing fuel type, switching materials, relining, etc.), after a chimney fire or similar event that would threaten the structural soundness of the structure, or after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, fire, earthquake, or something similar.
Difference Between A Level 1 & Level 2 Inspection
So, why is a level 2 inspection the new standard? Well, if no changes were made to your system and it seems to be running fine, then a basic overview of your fireplace and chimney should be just fine. Unfortunately, there are many instances where this is not the case. A level 1 inspection only asks that the sweep inspect all visible and easily accessible parts of the chimney and that they check for any potential obstructions or creosote buildup.
A lot of systems are good to go after this type of overview, but if any bigger issues are suspected, then a closer look is necessary for guaranteeing a safer living space and a better functioning appliance.
A level 2 inspection encompasses all the parts of a level 1 inspection, then takes it a step further by requiring the sweep to do a video scan of the chimney’s interior. This ensures that every crack and corner is examined and accounted for, and the sweep can take note of any necessary repairs and build up, as well. Afterward, the sweep will make suggestions as to how the homeowner might best proceed forward with any necessary repair or cleaning work.
Our Sweeps Are Qualified To Help You Out
The team at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service is here to help with your next inspection, so schedule your appointment with us today. We’re ready for your call.