Fireplace & Chimney Inspections PA
One of the biggest advantages of a gas fireplace is that it burns very clean. However, it is unwise to assume that just because these units are incredibly low maintenance, they require no maintenance at all.
An annual fireplace and chimney inspection will help you identify any potential safety hazards that may not always be visible to the naked eye. The team of chimney sweep experts at Elite Fireplace will be able to hep you decide what type of inspection would best fit your needs.
Level I Inspection
If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance. In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible** portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits such as creosote.
Level II Inspection
The addition of a new home heating appliance or a change in the type of fuel a homeowner is burning requires a Level II inspection. This inspection level is also required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operating malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. The scope of a Level II inspection includes that of the Level I inspection, plus the accessible* portions of the chimney exterior including the top of the chimney (crown), and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations. It may also include a an interior chimney video inspection if recommended by the certified chimney sweep.
Level III Inspection
When a Level I or Level II inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without access to concealed areas, a Level III inspection is recommended. This type of inspection confirms the proper construction and condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Level III inspections are generally necessary when investigating an incident that has caused damage to a chimney or building, or where a hazard is detected or suspected.
Once your inspection is done, our certified technician will give you a copy of your personalized report. If any recommendations are made , at your request, we can also provide a written proposal for any needed repairs. Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fire Protection Association recommend yearly chimney inspections to help prevent fire and carbon monoxide poisonings.
To schedule an appointment or if you have any questions give us a call at (610) 489-4274 or click here to contact us online. Once you have submitted your request, a representative will be in touch with you soon.