When it comes to their chimneys, many homeowners have an “out of sight, out of mind” approach. Unfortunately, this can lead to the development of potentially hazardous chimney conditions.
Because much of the flue is inaccessible, it is nearly impossible to tell with the naked eye if it has been damaged or is deteriorating. In order to better see and understand what is going on with your entire chimney system, a VideoScan may be recommended.
What is a VideoScan?
The National Fire Protection Association has standardized the types of chimney inspections that are performed. Most homeowners only need a Level 1 scan, which includes a visual inspection of all interior and exterior areas of the fireplace and chimney.
While a Level 1 scan is a good option for most homes, sometimes a more intensive scan is required. If you are planning on selling your home, recently moved into a home, are experiencing chimney issues, or have had recent changes to your fireplace and chimney a Level 2 inspection may be recommended.
A Level 2 chimney inspection includes a video scan. This allows your certified chimney sweep to visually inspect otherwise impossible to reach parts of your chimney. Having a VideoScan performed provides you with a more complete picture of your chimney’s condition.
The VideoScan process
When a video chimney scan is recommended, Coopertown Services has the state of the art tools to get the job done! Our cameras are equipped with adjustable lights and stabilizers, as well as tilt and rotation capabilities. This provides our chimney sweeps with detailed images of your chimney system.
During the VideoScan, cameras are pushed down along the length of the chimney. The computerized equipment that is hooked up to the cameras then captures high quality and incredibly detailed photos of the entire length of your chimney system. Rather than a live video feed which can only be seen when the cameras are in place, the photos allow you to review the pictures after the scan is complete.
Benefits of a VideoScan
There are a number of reasons why homeowners might want to have a video scan performed such as buying or selling a home or after changes have been made to the fireplace. If you are selling your home, a video scan can alert you of any safety issued that need to be addressed before you put your home on the market. Likewise, potential homebuyers may feel more secure putting in an offer knowing the chimney is in good condition.
In the case of dealing with real estate agents or insurance companies, the photos taken during the VideoScan process can be a useful tool when providing documentation of the chimney’s condition. With the written report provided after the inspection as well as the photographs, proof of the condition of the entire chimney can easily be proven.
If you’re experiencing chimney issues, haven’t an inspection in a while, are preparing to move, or just bought a new home a VideoScan is the best way to make sure your chimney is in good condition and safe to use. Contact Coopertown Services today to schedule your VideoScan chimney inspection!