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Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: (908) 253-9190
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Understanding Chimney Inspection
Like finding a qualified chimney contractor, understanding
chimney inspection can also be difficult. What type, the reason for
it and how involved the inspection is can all be factors.
Setting the record straight. Some companies offer 12, 15 or
even 20 point “Safety Inspections”. Other companies offer “Safety
Checks” or other inspection services with different names. While
some of these may be good inspections, they are company based
and not recognized by Industry Standards.
The NFPA Standard 211 is the “Industry Standard” for fireplaces
and chimneys and contains the only recognized inspection
standards. The NFPA Standard 211 is recognized nationally and
locally by building and fire codes, appliance manufacturers, metal
chimney and vent system manufacturers and all the major
chimney and venting organizations and associations.
Keeping it Simple. Chapter 14 of the NFPA 211, “Inspection of
existing chimneys”, contains 3 Levels of Inspection. Level 1, Level
2 and Level 3. Each Level of inspection is described in detail, with
requirements for the circumstances, scope and degree of access.
Inspections can include the use of just a mirror and flashlight, a
ladder, or the use of camera equipment may be required to
evaluate internal areas.
A qualified chimney contractor will know these Inspection
Standards well, and will be able to advise the homeowner as to
which Level of Inspection is recommended or required, for
whatever event or condition that has prompted a need for
Ask your chimney contractor to indicate which Level of Inspection
is being performed, have them explain the reason for it, and what