It’s a good idea to get your chimneys inspected during the warmer months. Knowing the kinds of chimney inspections and what they usually entail can help you get the best value for your money. Precision Roofing Inc., one of the top roofing companies in the state, lists the three kinds of chimney inspections and what to expect below.
Level I Inspections
Level I chimney inspections are recommended for those who frequently have their chimneys maintained or whose chimneys remain in relatively good condition.
In a level I inspection, chimney sweeps will do a simple visual check of your fireplace and chimney from ground level. The chimney sweep will then look for signs of damage or obstructions in your fireplace and chimney flue. The sweep will then clean the flue to get rid of any potential obstructions.
In most cases, sweeps find that there is a build-up of creosote, a by-product of burning wood, as well as other combustibles in the lining. You shouldn’t let combustion by-products build up in the lining, as they are a fire hazard. Other times, the sweep remove animal nests and other foliage.
Level II Inspections
Meanwhile, a level II inspection is recommended for homeowners who recently bought a new house, made renovations to their house, or experienced an extreme weather event. In a level II inspection, the inspector will conduct a more thorough inspection of your attic, roof and chimney using specialized video scanning equipment. He’ll then prepare a report on any damage and advise you on whether you might need more extensive repairs or a roof replacement. If necessary, a chimney sweep will also clean your chimney.
Level III Inspections
If the inspector finds a problematic issue, he may also recommend a level III inspection. Level III inspections involve tearing down nearby walls and rebuilding them to access to certain areas. Usually, this type of inspection is conducted after a chimney fire.
Since a certain level of expertise and experience is needed in identifying issues in chimneys, it’s important that you only hire reputable contractors.
Precision Roofing Inc. is a locally-owned contractor that has partnered with the country’s leading roofing manufacturers, including GAF Corporation, Firestone and Carlisle. We offer residential and commercial roofing services. To get a free consultation, call (845) 307-0017 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Middletown, NY.