Due for Your Annual Chimney Inspection? We’re Here to Help
Pittsburgh homeowners make us their trusted crew for all things chimney. One thing we always urge our customers to invest in is annual chimney inspections. These allow us to spot potential hazards, like masonry damage, missing components, creosote buildup, and more, ensuring your system can function safer every time you put it to use.
With Us, Every Chimney Inspection Is a Video Inspection
You may know there’s different levels of chimney inspections – and not all of them include a video inspection. Well, that just doesn’t work for us – we like to set the bar higher. This is why all of our chimney inspections include an interior video camera inspection.
We use Chimspect Software on all of our chimney inspections, ensuring you’re left with the most detailed report possible. It includes approximately 15 pages of an inspection report – including pictures and detailed notes. If you want a company that sets itself apart from the rest, we’re it. Rest assured, we always go above and beyond.
What Are the Three Levels of Chimney Inspections?
So, with us, we feel there’s only one level of inspection that will give you the level of care, accuracy, and thoroughness you deserve – and that’s a level 2 chimney inspection. But, you might know there’s multiple levels, so… what are they? …and why do we only offer that single level 2 option?
So, here’s what other companies might say about a level 1 inspection: If your system is easily accessible, hasn’t undergone any recent structural changes or changes in fuel type, and if you’re planning on maintaining its current level of use, a level 1 inspection would be recommended.
We don’t agree. When it comes right down to it, a level 1 inspection simply consists of shining a flashlight up into your flue and looking for anything obvious that might cause an issue. That means, if there’s any damage hidden away or near the top of your system, it’s all-too-likely to get missed. We’re not okay with that.
Because of this, a level 1 chimney inspection isn’t even on our list of services. We won’t do it, and we don’t offer it. Why not? Because we know our customers deserve the best – and this isn’t it.
During a level 2 inspection, we’ll check any and all accessible portions of the chimney in the attic, basement, or any crawl spaces. We may also do a smoke test or pressure test. And, of course, one of the distinctive features of a level 2 inspection is the use of video equipment to do an interior video inspection of the flue and chimney.
We’ll take photos of the interior system, along with any connection points, then use them as a reference to note any existing issues with the chimney or fireplace. We’ll then provide you with a detailed (15-20 page) report using ChimSpect software.
This is really the only way to get a good analysis of your chimney – and it’s the only level of inspection we’ll offer right off the bat. A level 1 option simply won’t do in our books, and it could leave you still at risk at the end of it all. That’s something we feel is unacceptable.
If, after completing your level 2 inspection, we suspect a hidden hazard exists within your fireplace or chimney, we may need to perform a level 3 inspection. These are completed when parts of the chimney, fireplace, or surrounding wall need to be demoed or deconstructed to find the root of any suspected issues.
When Should I Book My Chimney Inspection & Sweep?
Before starting your burning season in the cooler fall months, be sure to get your inspection booked with us. You could have excessive creosote deposits that increase your risk of chimney fire, or you may need some chimney repairs completed or new components installed to ensure proper and efficient functioning.