Level 2 Inspection: All Chimneys and Fireplaces

Level 2 Chimney Inspection

Level 2 Inspection is mandatory when there are changes to the flue or the construction. Additionally, it is mandatory when the home or property is for sale.

Chimney corbeling can cause bigger problems so it is best to fix the issue sooner rather than later.

Level 2 Inspections:

Level 2 inspections are mandatory if you are making any changes in the way you use your chimney, such as changing the type of fuel used, relining the flue, or if you have any accidents that may cause damage. If you have  had a building fire, chimney fire or an earthquake. You will need to have a level 2 inspection performed. This type of inspection is also recommended by NFPA 211 any time there is a sale or transfer of a property, largely because a large percentage of fireplaces have problems that could lead to a chimney fire.

As you probably assumed, a level 2 inspection is more in detail than level 1. A level 2 chimney inspection includes all of the visual examination included in a level 1 inspection. Also some additional work including examination of the attic, crawlspace and other accessible areas. In a level 2 inspection, a video camera or other device may be in use to examine the flue. It might also check for cracks or damage to the joints in the chimney’s structure. There are no specialty tools in requiring to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection.

A Level 2 inspection should also include a visual inspection by video scanning. Or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No permanent removal or destruction of an attaching portions of the chimney, building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection. When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard. An evaluation cannot be in performance without special tools. These will be in use to access in concealing areas of the chimney or flue. A Level 3 inspection is to be in recommendation.


Clay Lamb
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2 thoughts on “Level 2 Inspection: All Chimneys and Fireplaces

  1. Hi Clay, we make chimney camera here in the UK, we want to get our cameras seen out in the US, would you be able to give us any advice on where best to start? We are a small family business and have been making chimney cameras for over 10 years.

  2. If you have any videos or have a sample to use in the field, I’d be more than happy to check it out. I can definitely promote your product, but I only like to promote products I know about in and out. Thanks! -Clay

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