Do not assume your fireplace is safe to use without a camera inspection. Visual inspections (performed with the naked eye and flash light), only offer a partial view of the chimney, missing many hazards such as cracks, small holes, mortar deterioration, and/or shifted flue tiles. A video inspection should be performed when buying or selling your home.
A video inspection is performed by running a special camera, which has a 360 degree viewing ability, through the entire length of the flue. The homeowner and technician view the monitor, clearly seeing the condition of the liner.
The technician can point out vital information about the chimney’s interior condition. Information can be gathered from a scan to identify potential problems with the flue.
Post Suddent Occurrence Investigation
After a suspected chimney fire or lightning strike, a video inspection service is highly recommended. This examination can give clues as to the possible cause of damage: whitened mortar joints, blaze marks, missing mortar, cracks, discoloration in liners and buckling of steel liners are indications of sudden occurrence chimney damage. Although a technician cannot guarantee the reason for an occurrence, he can recommend and plan the necessary repairs.