Quality Chimney Inspection in Alexandria, Richmond, Chesapeake, VA and All Surrounding Areas
What is a chimney inspection?
A chimney inspection is the process where our technicians examine the condition of the chimney structure, flue system, and the basic appliance installation and connections, to confirm that it’s free of obstruction and combustible deposits.
There are 3 different levels of inspections. Our standard inspection checks the chimney for cleaning wherever it’s readily accessible, and includes running a camera up the chimney flue to scan for possible defects.
If your chimney has never been inspected before, then we would perform a thorough Level 2 Inspection. It’s an inspection of the entire chimney wherever it’s visible and accessible: on the outside, on the roof, in the basement or the attic, inside the home and inside the chimney using a camera. Our team is also equipped with a drone wireless camera, allowing us to check the top of your chimney without needing to climb onto the roof.
It’s worth noting that a Level 2 Inspection is required for home sales, home transfers, upgrades or changes to the chimney, or after an event that may have caused damage to the chimney such as bad weather.
Level 3 Inspections include all the areas and items in levels 1 and 2, but also includes the removal of certain components of the building or chimney if absolutely necessary.
What is a chimney cleaning?
A chimney cleaning is the process of removing creosote from your chimney’s flue system to prevent chimney fires. In addition to your annual inspection, having your chimney cleaned is one of the best things you can do to protect your home and family. Over time, creosote and other combustible byproducts, produced by your crackling fire, can build up inside your chimney’s flue system. If there is a significant amount of buildup, typically ⅛ inch, your chimney will need to be cleaned. Otherwise, you run the risk of a chimney fire.
Why is an inspection and chimney cleaning important?
An Inspection and chimney cleaning ensures that your chimney is free from any and all potential fire hazards, including creosote buildup and blockages created by animal nests and other debris. These hazards can lead to your chimney’s premature deterioration, and if ignited by the intense heat of the flames, can start a chimney fire. An inspection will also identify any structural or interior damage of the chimney that poses a danger to your home.
What to expect when scheduling an inspection and chimney cleaning.
If you heard the word “soot” and are worried about the cleanliness of your home, we understand your concern. But there’s no need to fret. Our team is highly trained in customer service – they know how to leave your home in the same immaculate condition that they found it. We cover everything in the room with fresh sheets and tarps to catch escaping debris, and each technician wears fresh covers over their shoes so they won’t leave any footprints behind. If it’s within a reasonable distance, we’ll even lay down tarps from the front door to the fireplace.
In regard to the inspection, we want to make sure that nothing is missed. That’s why we have state of the art camera scanning equipment that we run up your chimney. When the chimney inspection is complete, you’ll receive a full, visual report detailing findings, actions and results of the inspection and/or cleaning.
Annual chimney inspections and cleanings are encouraged so as to keep your home warm and safe, and you worry-free.