Nothing says home and comfort like a cozy fire burning to keep your family warm after the sun goes down. There’s something quite relaxing about watching flames dance across the logs. Still, every responsible homeowner knows that proper fireplace and chimney care are essential. That’s why it’s necessary to have your chimney regularly inspected by the team at Chimney Champions. These three levels of inspections are outlined by the National Fire Protection Association and are the standards our chimney sweeps use to inspect a fireplace. 

The 3 Levels of Chimney Inspections


Level 1

A Level 1 chimney inspection is the most common type of investigation. If you’ve used your fireplace recently without any issue, then this may be the inspection level for you. With this inspection, a chimney sweep will visually inspect the exterior of your chimney and flue. They will also look at the interior of your fireplace with a flashlight to ensure there are no airflow blockages. 

Level 2

A Level 2 inspection is necessary if you’re going to sell your home, but it is also essential if you’ve had any recent storm or fire damage to your home. This inspection goes into more detail than a Level 1 inspection, and involves your technician crawling into the attic, crawlspace, and any other accessible areas around your chimney. Here, a chimney sweep uses a video camera to examine the flue and check for internal cracks in the structure of your stack. 

Level 3

A Level 3 inspection is more comprehensive than the previous two levels. In addition to making all of the checks of Level 1 and 2 inspections, a level 3 entails removing parts of the building or chimney. This removal allows a chimney sweep to examine the interior more carefully if your chimney has sustained severe damage. Often, this level of inspection is necessary during a home remodel or after a hurricane. 

Schedule Your Inspection Today

Are you worried about the integrity of your chimney, or has it been a while since you’ve used the fireplace? With a professional chimney inspection from the Chimney Champions, you can rest assured that your chimney is functioning correctly and that your home is protected from a fire. We’ll also be able to inform you of any necessary cap or cover repairs. To schedule your appointment in the Jacksonville, FL, area, contact us at (904) 268-7200 today!