Chimney Inspections with Closed Circuit Video Scan
The only way to accurately give homeowners complete information in regard to their chimney system is to provide a complimentary closed circuit video scan with every chimney inspection we do. This allows All American Chimney Service, LLC to stay true to one of our primary missions: make sure homeowners have the best information so they can make the best decisions. In providing this to you, we know it gives you peace of mind regarding the current condition of your fireplace as well as a plan of action if repairs are needed.
What Exactly Is a Video Scan?
We have found that Chim-scan products are the best technology for high resolution video on the market today. With this technology, we are able to see the condition of your fireplace and chimney at close range. Not only are we able to see your system from the inside, we are able to take pictures and show you the condition of theinterior of the appliance so you can make a good decision about any repairs or maintenance issues that need to be addressed. It’s a much better solution to diagnosing chimney and flue issues than the use of a flashlight, which is typically what was used in the past. While some people have stated that this means more repairs, we find that addressing needed repairs sooner actually saves you money in the long run.
Three Levels of Chimney Inspections
Chimney inspections are broken down into 3 levels by The National Fire Protection Association due to specific scope and criteria. They have adopted these levels of chimney inspection into code NFPA 211 and every professional chimney sweep bases their own standard of services on these same set of codes.
Do I Really Need a Chimney Inspection?
The following criteria are set apart in the codes as reasons to have an inspection. However, it is recommended to have your chimney swept annually, whether you meet this criteria, or not.
- Recent purchase of a home.
- Your fireplace has been dormant for a long period of time.
- You’re having performance issues with your fireplace, chimney or heating system.
When a fireplace is dormant for a long period of time, unwanted pests have the opportunity to make their home in your chimney and clog your flue. Rust can also damage the metal parts of the chimney if water gets into the system. We often forget about the winter freeze/thaw effect that can cause weather related deterioration and, if left unchecked or not maintained properly, can affect the structural integrity of your chimney.