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There are three different levels of chimney inspections available to homeowners. As a company that provides chimney inspections to Bergen County homes, we thought we would take the time to discuss the three levels of chimney inspections and the purposes they serve.

Level 1 Chimney Inspections

Level 1 chimney inspections are the most common type. During these inspections, a technician will inspect the parts of your chimney that are readily accessible. This includes a visual inspection using a flashlight and no other special tools other than maybe a screwdriver or pliers to examine any openings. The interior and exterior of the chimney will be looked at, as well as any other parts that are accessible, such as crawl spaces. This is used for chimneys that have not had any problems in the past, and this will show if the chimney needs any basic repair work done to it.

Level 2 Chimney Inspections

This type of chimney inspection is done after some big event has happened. For example, if you are making changes to the way the chimney is being used, like if you’re converting from a wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace or if you are having the flue relined. They are also used after an extreme weather event, like a hurricane or tornado. Level 2 chimney inspections are also done when you are selling your home. This inspection is more detailed than Level 1 inspections. A visual examination is done to the chimney and then after that, a video camera is used to look at the flue to check for cracks or other damage.

Level 3 Chimney Inspections

This is the most extreme type of chimney inspection because it generally involves removing parts of the chimney if needed. These inspections are only performed when the chimney has sustained serious damage, like after a structure fire.

We here at Guardian Chimney specialize in Level 2 chimney inspections. When you need more information on chimney inspections in Bergen County, call us at 1-888-688-1388 or Contact Us.