Freehold NJ residences should have their fireplace chimneys inspected because Freehold NJ had a 3.1 earthquake that can be felt as far as NYC. Anytime a outside force that can effect the integrity of a structure such as a chimney, they must be inspected be a qualified professional. Apex Air duct cleaning in NJ, offers camera inspections of chimneys, that can scope the line and locate any areas of the chimney flue that could have been compromised. Why is this important? The earthquake in Freehold was a rare event but it was still an event.
According to The Chimney Safety Institute of America, CSIA, https://www.csia.org/inspections.html
A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted.
There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall 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 removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.
When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible* portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.”
The Earthquake in Freehold NJ was strong enough to bring attention to chimney inspections and other safety concerns associated with seismic events such as the earthquake in Freehold. Apex will insert a camera into the chimney flue and scope the entire line, taking pictures of the flue as we go up to the top. We then fill out a complete report of your chimney flue so we can both review the findings together. To find out more about our inspection techniques and chimney cleaning services, please visit https://dryerventcleaningnewjersey.com/chimney-cleaning/ to get the latest updates on how to keep your home safe from unexpected events like earthquakes, Tropical storms, Corona virus and other 2020 events. Inspections of chimney, especially in Freehold NJ, should be a yearly service before you light your first fire.
Call Apex today for an estimate for an inspection and sweeping of your chimney flue 732-314-7171