An Option 1 inspection is the recommended option when an evaluation of the system for continued service is needed and the conditions of use are not changing. This could include:
An Option 1 inspection is limited to readily accessible portions of the system, and accessible portions of the appliance(s) and the chimney connection.
The inspector will check the readily accessible portions of chimney, its enclosing structure, and the flue.
An Option 1 inspection includes verification that the flue is not blocked or significantly restricted.
An Option 2 inspection is more detailed and thorough than an Option 1 and is the recommended inspection when conditions of use for the appliance or venting system are changing, or when an Option 1 inspection reveals the need for a more detailed inspection. Several instances where an Option 2 inspection is specifically recommended include:
An Option 2 inspection includes all of the requirements of an Option 1 inspection as well as the following:
An Option 3 inspection is the most detailed of all of the inspection types. It includes inspection of concealed areas of the building. However, examination of concealed areas will be limited to areas reasonably suspected of hazards that cannot be evaluated otherwise.
An Option 3 inspection includes all areas covered in an Option 1 and Option 2 inspection, and inspection of concealed areas to investigate known or suspected problems. In as much as certain portions of an Option 3 inspection require destructive action to the building, the inspector will discuss these areas with the building owner prior to the inspection.