By industry standards definition, there are three different levels of chimney inspections. The inspection standards were established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The inspection levels are referred to as Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.
Level 1 Chimney Inspection (Idaho Stove Works includes this inspection on every chimney sweep/clean)
The first level of chimney inspection is the most basic. This inspection is used to verify that your chimney, appliance, or venting system is working safely. The Level 1 inspection is to be used when no changes have been done to the system and no known problems exist with the structure. This inspection may also be combined with an annual chimney cleaning to further ensure the safety of the appliance.
For this inspection we examine the accessible internal and external components of the chimney and appliance or chimney connection. This thorough examination includes checking the firebox, smoke chamber, damper, chimney cap, and chimney crown. The structural elements of the chimney will also be examined and the system will be checked for any blockages or combustible buildup.
Level 2 Chimney Inspection
The Level 2 chimney inspection is primarily for instances when any changes have been done to the chimney system. This includes changes of the fuel type, chimney relining, and/or a replaced furnace or appliance. This inspection may also be used if the home recently changed owners, so that the new homeowners can verify the system’s performance, or if there was a recent chimney fire.
At this level, the inspection includes all of the components of a Level 1 inspection, with an added video element. A color video inspection is used to get a look at the internal surfaces and joints within the chimney. This inspection gives us a comprehensive look at all internal and external components of the chimney. A written report is then presented to you detailing any points of concern found during the inspection.
Level 3 Chimney Inspection (Idaho Stove Works does not perform this inspection)
As with the level 2 inspection, all components of the previous inspections are included in the Level 3 inspection. The Level 3 inspection is more intrusive then the other levels. For this inspection, parts of the chimney hidden from view may need to be removed and examined for defects. To get to these parts of the chimney, we may need to remove bricks, metal flue pipes, masonry, chimney crowns, chimney caps, interior chimney walls, or any other parts of the chimney system. A Level 3 inspection is only necessary when one of the previous inspections reveals a serious problem, and the only way to access the area is to open up the chimney. These inspections are extremely rare and are only necessary in about 2% of all inspections.
In 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safty Commission reported 22,500 fireplace or chimney fires that resulted in 30 deaths, 90 injuries, and $88 million dollars in property damage. Many of these fires could have been prevented by proper cleaning & maintenance.
Whether relining your chimney is due to deterioration, fire damage or you want to install an insert, Idaho Stove Works team of experienced technicians are here for you. Chimney relining can be done for wood, gas or pellet inserts.
Before relining a chimney, it should be cleaned and inspected to verify the integrity of the mortar and masonry. Once this is done, the process of installing new venting begins. This can take several hours depending on the complexity of your reline.
Idaho Stove Works is happy to offer a no-nonsense consultation to see what you have and what you want. Call us today @ 208-530-0320 to set up an appointment.
Idaho Stove Works is your only authorized HeatShield® factory trained professional in Southeast Idaho. HeatShield® is a specially formulated “Cerfractory®” sealant material that restores the integrity of your chimney’s flue to vent hazardous flue gases from your home. It eliminates the dangers in your chimney caused by gaps, cracks, and spalling for years to come. By using either the Repair System or the CeCure® Sleeve Relining System (depending on the defects found) your chimney will be restored to its original peak level of safety and efficiency.
Chimney sweeping is much more than just pushing a brush down your flue or pipe system. Idaho Stove Works certified technicians clean and check: chimney, flue or pipe system; caps; firebox, smoke shelf & damper function; and everything in-between.
In addition to standard sweeping tools, Idaho Stove Works uses state of the art power sweeping tools to ensure your chimney is as clean as it can be.
Sometimes creosote build up is so extreme that chemical treatments or replacement of venting might be necessary. If this is the case, our technicians will go over all your options to help you make an informed decision.
The chimney sweeping process from start to finish can take between 60 - 90 minutes depending on the complexity of the cleaning. If you are unsure if your chimney even needs to be cleaned, don't be afraid to schedule the cleaning. If your chimney doesn't need to be cleaned, we will let you know and downgrade your service to a Safety Inspection. This inspection is a basic Level 1 and will leave you feeling safe and secure with the condition of your appliance and chimney.
Creosote is a by-product of incomplete combustion and can come from several fuel sources like wood and coal. The combination of improper cleaning & maintenance along with poor burning practices can create creosote build-up that could cost thousands of dollars in damage. Creosote is highly flammable and is the main cause of chimney fires.
Idaho Stove Works has all the tools & chemical cleaners required to get your chimney or flue system free of dangerous build up. If creosote damage has reached a point where your flue or venting is no longer safe, we will go over all the options available to you to get you back up and burning again. Call us at 208-530-0320 to schedule your cleaning.