Your Inspection to NFPA 211

A NFPA Level 1 inspection, this Inspection fee is $75 (plus tax) credited back/waived if you book work with us with in 2 weeks.

The days of “just sweep my chimney” are over, you might be able to find a sweep out there that does not care about your home or your families well being but we do. What can you expect form our Inspections of your chimneys and dryer vents. 1st we inspect all chimneys to NFPA 211 2010, Table 14.2.1 this is a nationally recognized agency that writes codes for the USA and NFPA 211 applies to Chimneys, we can not ignore things we find and we document in writing, verbally, with photo’s and video if approved, of what we find for your benefit as well as ours. We can not observe issues in the chimneys or dryer vent and just pretend they aren’t there, we have to make you aware of them, it is code, and it’s ok if you don’t want to “sign” our sheet we will just Email that inspection report to you to document the issues we find.

NFPA 2016 Chapter 15 Inspection of Existing Chimneys
• 15.1* General. Inspections shall be conducted by a qualified
agency.

15.1.2 Defects that are observed during the course of such work shall be reported to the property owner, occupant, or responsible party.

It’s kind of like when you bring your car to your mechanic to have the oil changed and he sees you have no brakes, you want him to tell you don’t have brakes or would you rather have an accident and some one gets hurt. We don’t want this to happen to your home or your family.

A normal NFPA211 level one inspection will check all Readily Accessible parts of the chimney not requiring tools (we may use tools to view parts of the chimney but it not required)  and it does not require us to go on a roof in a level one inspection. Here is a Link to the CSIA’s Video of NFPA 211 inspections and when and why they are needed

http://www.csia.org/homeowner-resources/chimney_inspections.aspx

Below is the list of inspections, when they are required and what is checked, just ask for more info.

Level I

Readily accessible areas of chimney, structure, and flue; lack of obstruction or combustible deposits in flue; basic appliance installation and connection

Readily accessible portions of chimney exterior and interior; accessible portions of appliance and chimney connection

Annual inspection as required by Section 14.2; during routine cleaning of chimney flue; upon direct replacement of connected appliance with one of similar type, input rating, and efficiency

For verification of suitability of the chimney for continued service, under the same conditions and with the same appliance or appliances

Level II

All subjects of a Level I inspection; proper construction and condition of accessible portions of the chimney structure and all enclosed flues; proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations; size and suitability of flues for connected appliances

All accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior, including areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces, and basements, and accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection; includes inspection by video scanning or other means

Upon addition or removal of one or more connected appliances or replacement of 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 operating malfunction or external event likely to have caused damage to the chimney

For verification of suitability of the chimney for new or changed conditions of service; Level I inspection not sufficient to determine serviceability of the chimney

Level III

All subjects of Level I and Level II inspections; proper construction and condition of concealed portions of chimney structure and enclosed flues; proper clearances from combustibles

External and internal portions of chimney structure, including concealed areas of the building or chimney; includes removal of components of building or chimney where necessary, but only as necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection

Where necessary for the investigation of an incident that has caused damage to the chimney or building; where a hazard detected or suspected as the result of a Level I or II inspection cannot be fully evaluated without access to concealed areas

When construction of all or part of chimney is deemed critical to its renewed or continued use; required only for those areas that cannot be properly evaluated by a Level I or Level II inspection