Chimney Cleaning and Maintenance

Are you looking for a chimney inspection? This is what your chimney sweep should be inspecting. Level 1 Inspection is a visual inspection of the easily accessible parts of your chimney.

Here at American Chimney, we do a series of levels of inspections. Level 1 inspections are 33 point chimneys. We look at readily accessible chimneys which require no tools as Jerry Isenhour describes in the video up above.

A level 1 inspection is when a technician comes out to do a very basic inspection of your chimney. Basically anything that can be in reach is included as well as viewing the interior of the chimney.  According to NFPA 211 standards, the inspection should be done every year. This is so we can begin using the fireplace or other appliance knowing the chimney is capable of venting the exhaust out of the home as it should. A level 1 inspection is when the chimney examines the readily accessible portions of your chimney.

So this means the technician will perform a visual inspection with a bright light source. They will examine all areas of your chimney and flue that is viewable without any special tools. Your technician may use common tools such as a screwdriver or pliers to examine any openings.

There should be no damage to any structures or finishes. Parts of your chimney that should be in examination in a level 1 inspection will include portions of the chimney exterior, portions of the chimney interior, accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection.

In a nutshell, your chimney technician will be examining the chimney to make sure that the basic structure is intact and there aren’t visible signs of damage. During this inspection, your technician should also verify that there are no obstructions or combustible materials in your entire chimney flue system. In the inspection, the chimney contractor will check to see if there is any combustible material in the chimney that do not meet code clearance standards. If so, you should schedule a cleaning with your local chimney sweep.  

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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