If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your hearth appliance, fall is the perfect time to revamp your fireplace with a new insert or a set of gas logs. Before you move forward with a fireplace overhaul, there’s one important step you need to take: Having a professional chimney sweep perform a Level 2 chimney inspection. You shouldn’t have a new hearth appliance installed without first having a level 2 chimney inspection performed by a certified chimney sweep. Here’s what you need to know.
About Level 2 chimney inspections
Under guidelines put forth by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, a Level 2 chimney inspection should be performed when a property exchanges hands or when a new appliance is hooked up to an existing chimney. A level 2 chimney inspection involves inspecting all visible portions of the chimney to look for defects or deterioration. During a level 2 chimney inspection, your chimney technician will view all accessible portions of the chimney from the top and bottom of the chimney. Your technician will examine the chimney from any accessible vantage points, including through attics and crawl spaces. Finally, your sweep will insert a specialized camera up your chimney flue to ensure that the flue and chimney lining is in good repair.
Level 2 inspections and appliance changes
When you change your chimney appliance, a level 2 chimney inspection is crucial for making sure that your chimney is able to handle the demands of your new appliance. You need a chimney that’s properly sized for your new fireplace, fireplace insert or heating stove so the appliance will draft correctly, pulling air in from your home to fuel the fire and sending smoke up your chimney and out of your home. Your chimney also needs to have proper clearances from your home’s surrounding structure, and it needs to be able to handle the heat output of your appliance. A Level 2 inspection before new appliance installation ensures that your chimney will safely work with your new appliance. You might find that your chimney needs to be relined before a new appliance can be installed and safely used.
Scheduling your Level 2 chimney inspection
If you’re ready to upgrade your fireplace, fireplace insert or heating stove, you need to start with a level 2 chimney inspection to determine whether your existing chimney is safe for your intended appliance or whether you will need to make chimney upgrades before your appliance can be installed. Fluesbrothers Chimney Service can help! One of our CSIA-certified chimney technicians can perform your Level 2 chimney inspection and make a recommendation on how to ensure that your chimney is safe to use with your new appliance. Call Fluesbrothers Chimney Service to schedule your Level 2 chimney inspection today!