Chimney Inspections Houston
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* Having your chimney regularly inspected helps to make sure that you’re alerted to any potential problems before they become dangerous or costly.
* According to the National Fire Protection Association [NFPA], your chimney should be inspected once a year and cleaned as needed (depending on design and usage [ie, the amount of wood burned]).
What You Can Expect When An ASAP Chimney Technician Inspects Your Chimney:
All ASAP inspectors will be in full uniform and present you with a business card and photo ID. Protective footwear will be worn to protect your flooring. The technician will then do the following:
- Technician will wear protective footwear and put protective floor coverings in front of fireplace
- Conduct a visual inspection of the inside portion of your fireplace.
- Get up on your roof and do a visual inspection of the portion of your chimney
- Inspect your chimney using video scanning equipment that displays pictures of your flue on an LCD screen. This is used to illustrate voids or cracks that may exist and if a cleaning is needed.
- If needed, sweep/clean the firebox, flue, smoke shelf, damper, smoke chamber, flue, and gas logs (if appropriate).
- Provide a written report describing the condition [incl. potential problems] of the chimney.
- Clean work spaces.
No work is ever done without customer authorization after an estimate of the cost. Our customers are encouraged to ask questions; we want you to understand the process and the result. For more information on what to expect when we inspect your chimney, view the video below.
A Thorough Chimney Inspection Includes A Visual Inspection Of The:
- Bricks and Mortar
- Hearth Protection
- Firebox (the area where wood is burned)
- Flue (the inside of the chimney)
- Smoke chamber
The Three Levels of Inspection
Level One Inspection
- We inspect the readily-accessible areas of your chimney in the living area and at the exterior of your home, including the smoke chamber, firebox, and damper.
- Outside, we check to make sure the chimney Cap meets Code and does not restrict the draft.
- We also check for deterioration and structural soundness.
Level Two Inspection
- This type of Inspection is recommended before beginning modifications to your chimney or stove heating system and also…
- It is recommended during a change in property ownership and also…
- It is recommended after a chimney fire or natural disaster.
We use a special camera system to look inside your chimney and complete a comprehensive visual inspection. A detailed written report then outlines any areas of concern.
Level Three Inspection
- A Level Three inspection includes all the items in a Level One and Level Two inspection, as well as the removal of portions of the chimney.
- A chimney has several concealed areas. Whether it is the internal metal flue pipe, or the unexposed brick of a masonry structure, sometimes it may be necessary to remove some or all of these chimney parts to inspect the requisite area.
- This inspection is only needed if something is found in a L1 or L2 Inspection that otherwise cannot otherwise be dealt with properly. An extremely small percent [approx. 1% or less] require a Level Three Inspection.