Carmel Indiana Certified Chimney & Fireplace Inspections
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) # 211 is the Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances and is considered the National Standard of Care or “Industry Best Practice.”
At Chimney Master, we hold industry certification with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and membership in the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG). In order to maintain industry credentials, annual accumulation of continuing education is required with a strong focus on the NFPA 211, current codes, inspection and remediation techniques, and UL and Manufacturer listings.
Levels of Chimney Inspection as per the NFPA:
LEVEL 1: Readily accessible areas of the chimney structure & flue. Lack of obstruction or combustible deposits in flue. Basic appliance installation and connection. Shall include readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior, accessible portions of appliance & chimney connection. Annual inspection as required by Section 13.2. During routine cleaning of chimney flue. Upon direct replacement of a connected appliance with one of similar type, input rating and efficiency. A Level 1 inspection is indicated when verification of the suitability of the chimney for continued service, under the same conditions and with the same appliance or appliances is needed.
LEVEL 2: All subjects of a Level 1 inspection. Proper construction & accessible portions of the chimney structure & all enclosed flues. Proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations. Size & suitability of flues for connected appliances. Proper clearance from combustibles in accessible locations. Shall include all accessible portions of the chimney exterior & interior, including areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces & basements, & accessible portions of the appliance & chimney connection. Shall include inspection by video scanning or other means of inspection. Upon additional or removal of one or more connected appliances or replacement of an appliance with one of dissimilar type input rating or efficiency. Prior to relining or replacement of flue lining. Upon sale or transfer of the property. After an operating malfunction of an external event likely to have caused damage to the chimney. A Level 2 inspection is indicated when verification of the suitability of the chimney for new or changed conditions of service is needed, or when a Level 1 inspection is not sufficient to determine the serviceability of the chimney.
LEVEL 3: All subjects of a Level 1 & Level 2 inspections. Proper construction & condition of concealed portions of chimney structure & enclosed flues. Proper clearance from combustibles. Shall include external & internal portions of the chimney structure, including concealed areas of the building ot chimney. Shall include removal of components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of such components shall be required only as access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. Where necessary for the investigation of an incident that had caused damage to the chimney or building. Where a hazard detected or suspected as the result of a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection cannot be fully evaluated without access to the concealed areas. A Level 3 inspection is indicated when the construction of all or of the chimney is deemed critical to the renewed or continued use of the chimney. A Level 3 inspections shall be required only for those areas that cannot be properly evaluated by a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection.
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