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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.

Video Inspection of a chimney-SacramentoCA-AtoZChimneyFrom 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, calling us, or filling out our online appointment form.


A complete chimney safety inspection will help give you peace of mind about the safe operation of your fireplace, so ask us more about all our dependable chimney and fireplace services today.

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Dear A to Z Chimney

I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the great service you have done for me. I am an avid wood burner and love to burn my fires just about every evening. There’s nothing like the simple pleasure of curling up next to a warm and cozy fire during those cold winter nights.

Unfortunately, I had a chimney fire which did extensive damage to my chimney and it had to be re-lined with a new Stainless Steel Liner.

Last year, I hired a different company to come out and sweep my chimney. The sweep from that company tried to use high pressure sales tactics to get me to do the repairs. His poor attitude and high pressure turned me off so badly that I decided not to have them do the work.

This year, I hired your company and Chris Donovan was such a gentleman! He gave me the same bad news, but this time I could see it with my own eyes on the screen as he video scanned my flue. He was also much more knowledgeable and informative and really took the time to help me understand. He did not talk condescendingly, and there was no pressure whatsoever.

Consequently, I did hire your company to come back and complete the needed repairs, and was absolutely delighted!! Not only did Chris come back, but Aaron, the owner came, as well. I was delighted to know that the owner was personally seeing to the work. In the process of repairing my chimney, some other minor problems were detected, and they fixed them at no additional charge!

In addition, when everything was done, they did a spectacular job cleaning up every bit of their mess, and I couldn’t even tell they had been here.

Thanks again for the great service you provide! I will use you again and again, and refer you to my friends.


~ Beverly Bland, Carmichael, CA
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