Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association recommends having your insert and venting system inspected annually and serviced by a CSIA certified chimney professional. Collar City Soot Slayer will make sure the appliance is installed properly per the code and manufacturer’s recommendations.
If your fireplace, stove or chimney hasn’t changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is required.
A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to your fireplace, stove or chimney system. Changes may include:
A Level 2 inspection is also required:
A Level 2 inspection requires no demolition and requires no specialty tools to open doors, panels or coverings. A Level 2 inspection may include visual or video inspection of the internal joints and surfaces of chimney flue liners, as long as it is not necessary to remove or destroy any permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish.
Level 3 inspection is required when a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard which cannot be evaluated without using special tools or demolition to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may be the only way to determine the condition of the chimney system.
A Level 3 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, and in addition assesses both the condition and the proper construction of the concealed portions of your chimney structure and flue. A Level 3 inspection may require removal of certain components of the building or chimney (such as your chimney crown or interior chimney wall) for access to the concealed areas that must be inspected.
* Readily Accessible: Exposed, or capable of being exposed, for operation, inspection, maintenance or repair without the use of tools to open or remove doors, panels or coverings.
** Accessible: May require the use of commonly available tools to remove doors, panels or coverings, but will not damage the chimney or building structure or finish.