Having your chimney inspected and swept by a certified chimney sweep is imperative to help reduce the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning as well as to maintain and prolong the life of your fireplace system.
Having performed over 7,400 inspections and with over 1,200 training hours, troubleshooting has become one of my specialties.
Keeping and maintaining several industry-specific accreditations helps not only with obtaining base knowledge but also keeping up with industry safety standards.
Sometimes water leaks cannot be detected with the naked eye. Using a combination of infrared Imaging and professional moisture meters can help find some of the most difficult leaks.
The CrawlBot has the ability to access areas that inspectors cannot, providing a more comprehensive look at potential hazards.
Chim-Scan camera internal flue inspection systems are the gold standard for chimney inspections. With this technology we get a 360-degree view of the venting system.
Legally using drone technology can provide access to some of the most difficult chimney systems.
Average times are usually between 1 hour and 1.5 hours. This timeframe may be impacted by number of inspectors on site (additional help) and if major issues are found during the inspection process.
The inspection will typically start with a short conversation where the technician will gather some basic information about the service. Afterwards we begin setting up drop cloths and setting up the work area. The chimney is typically swept at this point to allow a proper view to inspect the interior of the chimney.
It is usually an instant transition over to the inspection process. At this point you will see the Chim-Scan Inspection Camera in use along with several measurements and calculations being taken. After the interior has been inspected, the exterior chimney, attic (if applicable), and crawlspace (if applicable) will be inspected as well.
The service ends with a short summary and help with any questions including fireplace operation. You will receive a full report and estimate (if applicable) within 72 hours of the service.
In Florida, improper installation is our biggest issue. Many chimney companies will only do this part-time and may not obtain the skill set needed to perform a repair that meets minimum safety standards.
Water leaks are another big problem in Florida. As a certified State of Florida Home Inspector, I spent several years incorporating best practice and best tools from both industries to advance my techniques with finding water leaks around chimneys.