When inspecting a fireplace, stove, or other venting system, there are different levels of inspection that must be followed. In the past, chimney technicians had a lot of flexibility in how they conducted these inspections. However, on January 13, 2000, the National Fire Protection Association established a set of guidelines called NFPA 211 (Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances) to standardize these inspections. The guidelines define three levels of inspection: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. This helps ensure that inspections are consistent and thorough and that any potential issues are identified and addressed.
When you hire a CSIA-certified chimney sweep, they should follow a standard called NFPA 211. This standard includes three different levels of inspection, which the sweep will choose based on your specific chimney and venting system. You can also ask for the level of inspection that you think is best for your needs. Each level of inspection covers different things. The type of appliance you have and how your venting system is set up will determine the inspection needed. This helps make sure that your chimney is safe and working properly.
Therefore, if you get your chimney inspected, it’s important to know that there are three different levels of inspection. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has defined these levels, and your chimney service technician should provide different services for each level. This helps ensure that your chimney is safe and working properly.
* Accessible: May require the use of commonly available tools to remove doors, panels or coverings, but will not damage the chimney or building structure or finish.
** Readily Accessible: Exposed, or capable of being exposed, for operation, inspection, maintenance or repair without the use of tools to open or remove doors, panels or coverings.