If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your hearth appliance, fall is the perfect time to do it! Revamp your fireplace with a new insert or a set of gas logs. Before you move forward with a fireplace overhaul, have a professional chimney sweep perform a Level 2 chimney inspection. You shouldn’t have a new hearth appliance installed without this step for your own safety. Here’s what you need to know.

About Level 2 chimney inspections

Guidelines from 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, the technicians will view all accessible portions of the chimney from the top to bottom. They 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

This 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. A proper draft will pull air from your home to fuel the fire and send smoke up and out. 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. This will determine if your existing chimney can handle the intended appliance or if upgrades are needed first. Fluesbrothers Chimney Service can help! Our CSIA-certified chimney technicians can perform this inspection and make a recommendation if it needs updates. Call Fluesbrothers Chimney Service to schedule your Level 2 chimney inspection today!