ChimScan Video Inspections Of Your Chimney
You may be wondering: What in the world is a chimney video scan, and why is it necessary? A video inspection of your chimney involves a chimney technician either lowering a camera into your chimney or pushing a camera into your chimney from the bottom, so as to inspect the interior surfaces of the flue for the presence of potential safety hazards. This is beyond handy since so much of the chimney is hidden from view.
The ChimScan closed circuit camera allows the CSIA-certified technicians at A to Z Chimney Services to inspect every chimney from a close range, instead of just shining a bright flashlight down the top or bottom of the chimney like most Sacramento chimney sweeping companies.
From our perspective, video scanning your chimney after cleaning it is not simply a luxury but an absolute necessity. Hiring someone who only uses a flashlight to inspect your chimney is like using the services of a doctor who doesn’t have an X-ray machine. Would you trust the opinion of a doctor who shines a flashlight down your throat to see if you have a cracked rib? Of course not. Shining a flashlight down a flue to spot potentially dangerous cracks or gaps in your chimney is just as impossible, as there are numerous things to get in the way of a clear view including protruding mortar joints, offset flue tiles, acute angles, and sheer distance.
The Proof Is In The Picture
In addition to informing our chimney technicians and giving us unprecedented access to chimneys, the ChimScan camera allows our technicians to show homeowners the condition of their chimney—either offering assurance that all is well or evidence that there are problems that need to be dealt with. Camera images are viewed on a TV monitor, usually set up on the fireplace hearth. Because seeing is believing, the camera gives our customers the assurance of knowing that they don’t have to take a stranger’s word for it that something is wrong with their chimney.
At no additional cost to you, A to Z Chimney Services conducts a video inspection each time we sweep a chimney that serves an open face fireplace or an unlined or partially lined insert stove. A video inspection is especially important after a chimney fire or some other type of damage and is a routine part of a Level II or Level III inspection. However, ChimScan inspections are also included with all of our Level I inspections as a part of our standard cleaning/inspection services.
Having your chimney swept and inspected by A to Z Chimney Services will help you keep the fire you want from becoming the fire you don’t want. Schedule your inspection and sweeping today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling us, or filling out our online appointment form.
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