You Can Count On Our Chimney Video Inspections & Certifications To Be Thorough & Informative
Without a real look inside of your chimney system, it can be difficult to know just what kind of condition the system is in. Unfortunately, many homeowners continue to use their chimneys and appliances year after year, without scheduling inspections or sweepings. Not only can this put the family and home at increased risk of fire, but it can also lead to serious damage and decay within the system and appliance, and leave the homeowner footing big bills for repairs down the line.
To protect homeowners and prevent house fires and health hazards, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) created NFPA 211. This standard states that a professional inspection should be performed annually on every chimney and appliance, regardless of whether it’s regularly used or not.
Of course, there are many occasions to schedule a chimney video inspection:
- Real Estate Transfer – When a property is bought or sold, it’s imperative that a thorough video inspection of the chimney be performed. This protects both the buyer and the seller so that the transaction can be made with confidence.
- Change In Fuel Type – Not all fuel types are designed to vent out of all liner types. Any time you change the fuel you are using, it’s important that you have a video inspection performed so you can confirm that your system is ready to perform as safely and as efficiently as it should.
- Malfunction – A professional will be able to tell you if your chimney was damaged by an appliance malfunction. He or she will also be able to pinpoint the cause of the malfunction and help restore your system to peak performance.
- Severe Weather – Sometimes extreme weather can cause serious damage to your chimney and compromise the structural integrity of the chimney system. If you’ve had severe weather, you’ll definitely want to have a chimney video inspection performed.
- Chimney Fire – A chimney fire means trouble, and can also cause damage to the chimney itself. If you think you may have had a chimney fire, a chimney video inspection is absolutely needed.
- Change In Appliance Type Or Size – If you are changing your appliance type or upgrading or downgrading in terms of size, you’ll need to have an inspection to ensure that your flue is compatible with the new appliance and appropriately sized.
Why Are Chimney Inspections So Important?
Chimney inspections are incredibly important because they allow us to get a close up look at all accessible parts of the appliance and chimney. Of course, this can’t be said of all inspections, as many sweeps simply use a flashlight to perform their inspections. But when you have your chimney inspected by one of our trained technicians, you can be confident that you’re getting the most thorough and professional service possible.
With every inspection, we’re looking to see how well a system is working, in regards to both safety and efficiency. Many times during inspections we’re able to pinpoint efficiency and safety hazards, and address issues before they become a threat. We’ve also been able to stop leaks and cracks before they’re able to really do great damage to the systems.
Why Video Inspections?
Our technicians come equipped with video cameras that provide real-time views of the chimney’s interior. By inserting a video camera into the chimney, we get a much better and much more accurate view of the condition and overall safety of the entire system.
Performing video inspections is also great because it allows us to document our findings in photographs. This documentation can be great for insurance purposes, and can be passed on to the next homeowner as well.
But we don’t just perform chimney inspections — we perform chimney certifications as well. Read on to learn more…
Our Chimney Certifications Meet New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Requirements
The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code states that when replacing a furnace, boiler, or hot water heater, the chimney must first be evaluated and certified by a chimney professional.
Our team of experts has performed countless chimney certifications, and can give you the confidence you need to know that your chimney is in safe condition and ready to serve the new appliance.
What Does A Chimney Certification Check For?
When performing a chimney certification, we’ll check for and evaluate the following:
- Overall chimney safety
- Obstructions or blockages
- Byproduct buildup
Before we can sign a chimney certification and hand it off to the local code enforcement office, the chimney must be in safe condition, free of blockages, and free of byproducts left by the previous appliance. We’ll also check to make sure that the chimney liner is the right material and size for the new appliance being installed.
If you’re looking to replace a furnace, boiler or hot water heater, make sure you’re code-compliant and protected by scheduling a chimney certification appointment with Complete Chimney & Fireplace Solutions.
Schedule Your Chimney Certification Or Inspection Today!
To schedule your next chimney inspection or chimney certification with a trusted and experienced team of chimney professionals, please call Complete Chimney & Fireplace Solutions at 201-444-4752 or click here!
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