We are just a few days away from one of the most important weeks on the calendar for us at the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

Good Logo 1National Chimney Safety Week 2013 begins on September 30 and runs through that weekend.

This year, we’re working to empower homeowners with a better understanding of the levels of chimney inspection, which we explain below. We’ll also be sharing significant chimney industry facts on social media, but more on later in this article.

When it comes to chimney inspections, there are 3 levels that could be performed.

Level 1: We recommend most common inspection is recommended annually for all chimneys. In this inspection, a sweep examines all readily accessible portions of a chimney exterior and interior and accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection to verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

“The Level 1 inspection is the most basic visual inspection and, in most cases, is adequate when a homeowner is diligent about annual inspections,” says our Director of Education, Ashley Eldridge.

Level 2: A Level 2 inspection is required when the homeowner has made significant changes to a chimney system or when something indicates that such changes have occurred due to outside events (a fire or tornado, for example).  What makes this level different is the depth of inspection to identify hidden hazards, which means your certified sweep will need access to attics, crawl spaces and will rely on special tools to reveal concealed areas of the chimney and flue.

Level 3: The most complicated inspection, Level 3 requires the removal of walls or other structures for access and is generally recommended when serious hazards are suspected. CSIA recommends a minimum of three estimates for Level 3 inspections and related repair work.

Chimney Safety Week on Social Media
Ahead of safety week, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @chimney_safety. We’ll be using #ChimneyWeek to share significant industry facts. Use the hashtag to join in the conversation. Sweeps, you can share the #ChimneyWeek facts with homeowners in your area, and we encourage homeowners to share the information with family and friends.

Also, here at the blog during safety week, we’ll be sharing two new CSIA videos that focus on the use of cameras in chimney inspections and chimney fires, respectively. We encourage you to share these videos with your networks, too.

Help us make chimney safety a priority this home-heating season when you join in our conversations around National Chimney Safety Week.