Chimney Inspection Sugar Hill
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Sugar Hill is presently home to close to 25,000 residents in this portion of Metro Atlanta. Sugar Hill, Georgia, enjoys a growing population that currently ranks as the third largest city in Gwinnett County. With close to 7500 households, many chimneys are tested by residents looking to keep their home warm in the winter months. To keep energy bills down, a inspection annually is recommended to maintain safety of the chimney for future use.
WHAT We Do...Different levels of Chimney Inspection in Sugar Hill
It is recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that your chimney is completely inspected annually. The main purpose of this is to ensure that your wood burning technology is safe first and foremost but also to to ensure the chimney is running efficiently. As chimneys allow smoke to escape, the probability increases that a malfunctioning chimney will let the outside air penetrate in. This can cause so pretty lofty electricity bills if left unchecked, potentially adding up to an additional 100's of dollars per month.
The first and most common type of inspection is a Level 1 inspection. This is the type of inspection that should be performed annually to ensure the safety of your fireplace and chimney. This involves basic examination of all accessible chimney components. This includes both exterior and interior components. While some tools may be required to remove coverings or doors to gain access to certain parts of the chimney there is no work done on the actual structural integrity of the masonry unless obvious flaws are visible prompting your chimney sweep to perform a level 2 chimney inspection.
Level 2 chimney inspections are performed when changes are made to the system or some sort of seismic or weather event may have cause damage to the foundation and structure of the chimney and flue itself. It is also recommended that a level 2 inspection be performed if you have moved into a place with a fireplace. The types of changes that can facilitate the performance of a level 2 inspection include changes in the type of fuel being burned in the fireplace as well as changes to the flue or lining (whether it be materials, positioning, etc.). Level 2 inspections usually involve the use of a video scanning system to inspect the entirety of the interior sections of the flue and chimney. It will also include inspection of the exterior portions of the chimney accessible through the attic and/or crawlspaces. If this turns up additional structural issues a level 3 chimney inspection will be performed.
Level 3 chimney inspections involve an extensive inspection of the entirety of the chimney and flue systems. Removal of part of the chimney structure may be required to properly assess the safety and functionality of the fireplace and chimney and will determine the steps necessary to bring the chimney into compliance with safety codes. This type of inspection is used if some serious hazard exists.
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