We Perform Video Chimney Flue Inspections You Can Trust
A fireplace can be a truly wonderful addition to a home, and a great source of enjoyment for the people who live in it. Of course, that’s only true when the chimney is functioning properly, venting toxic gases and protecting nearby combustibles from the fire’s high heat. The frustrating thing about the chimney is that dangerous issues and flaws aren’t always obvious, and the consequences can be serious and frightening. A damaged or blocked chimney is incredibly dangerous, and a leaky chimney can quickly become a structurally unsound chimney.
The only way to accurately know the condition of your chimney is to have regular chimney inspections performed by CSIA-certified professionals who’ve had the training to properly gauge a system and check for potential hazards. All Weststar technicians are CSIA-certified, and continue education through the CSIA annually, in order to stay current with new technologies and new codes and standards. With a Weststar Chimney Sweeps technician, you can be confident that you’re getting a thorough and accurate assessment of your chimney system.
A Level 1 Video Chimney Inspection Should Be Performed Every Year
The National Fire Protection Association’s 211 standard for chimneys and fireplaces indicates that an annual inspection is key to ensuring efficiency and the highest possible level of safety.
If your appliance and venting system haven’t changed (you haven’t installed a new appliance, changed fuels, or had any damage), we’ll recommend that you have a standard Level 1 visual inspection performed. During this inspection, we’ll check all of the accessible portions of your system (from the firebox up through the chimney crown) for damage and potential hazards using an advanced video scanning system. However, if you’re buying or selling a home, a Level 2 Sales Transaction Inspection is the right choice. Once the inspection is complete, we’ll share the findings with you and recommend the necessary repairs (if any are needed). If repairs are necessary, we’ll explain the situation and go over your options with you. When we leave, you’ll know the status of your chimney system so that you can confidently enjoy it.
You Can Help Protect Your Family From Fire!
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) notes that nearly all chimney fires are preventable. Fires often result:
- when chimneys are blocked or clogged by debris (nests, leaves, etc.)
- when thick deposits of highly combustible creosote (particularly glazed creosote) develop on the flue walls
- when damaged flue liners allow heat to transfer to nearby building materials
These instances can all be avoided with preventative maintenance, including an annual inspection.
If you have chimney inspections performed regularly, you’ll have a much greater chance of locating blockages and damage before chimney fires result. Inspections are small investments that bring big rewards — namely, peace of mind and confidence when using your system.
Take initiative by scheduling your annual chimney inspection today. Call Weststar Chimney Sweeps at 619-338-8116, or make an appointment online!
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David was great -- cleaned both fireplaces neatly and quickly, and answered all my questions cheerfully. At the end of the cleaning, knowing that I had recently had back surgery, he even asked if he could help with anything - even offered to take out the trash!
~ Cynthia Johnson