Chimney Inspections– Houston
Chimney Inspections Save Lives
An annual chimney check can save lives and avert costly repairs. Having your chimney inspected once a year assures that it is safe to use at the beginning of each burning season. The venting system on your wood stoves or furnace can also be checked during the inspection. This examination is required to ensure that the complete chimney system is functioning properly. Thousands of avoidable fires and chimney-related events occur each year, all of which might have been avoided with a yearly chimney check.
No Obligation Chimney & Fireplace Inspection, tx
A visual inspection of the fireplace and chimney will be performed by our fireplace and chimney professionals. Damage, blockages, creosote buildup, and soot will all be investigated. Keep in mind that a chimney sweep is concerned with your and your family’s safety. This procedure will determine whether or not a chimney sweep is recommended. The inspection and estimate are, of course, entirely free! Some of the things we’re searching for are:
- We will make sure that the chimney structure is sound and that the chimney is free of obstructions and combustible deposits, such as creosote.
- Next part of inspection includes examining all portions of a chimney including parts that can’t always be seen in a regular level 1 inspection (may require a chimney camera). To include but not limited to the ash pit, the clean out, the entire smoke chamber, and all parts of the chimney flue.
- Thirdly, the most comprehensive of chimney inspections and also the least common due to lack of necessity, will examine concealed areas of the chimney.
Important Chimney Components We Check
The crown is a downward-sloping concrete, stone, or metal overhang at the top of the chimney that diverts water away from the chimney exterior to prevent erosion. If cracked, usually as a result of weather exposure or the use of weak construction materials, rainwater can run down the sides of the chimney and erode it, compromising its structural integrity over time. Rainwater can also slip inside the flue and degrade the flue liner.
The flue liner—a clay, ceramic, or metal conduit located between the flue and the chimney walls—protects chimney walls from heat and corrosion when by-products of fire are directed out through the flue. It also keeps smoke and harmful vapors like carbon monoxide from traveling through potential cracks in chimney masonry and entering your home. When cracks form in the flue because of excessive heat, water damage, or wear and tear, high heat or embers can damage chimney walls or touch surrounding combustible materials of the home and spark a chimney fire. Smoke and vapors can also travel through cracks in masonry and enter the home, potentially exposing you to carbon monoxide.
If you have a masonry (e.g., brick) chimney, the porous material can readily expand and contract in response to heat and cold, resulting in microscopic cracks. These cracks can get larger, jeopardising the chimney’s stability or allowing smoke and vapour from the flue to leak into the house, especially if they’re combined with cracks in the flue liner. A professional can check the brick and mortar integrity of chimneys and make any necessary masonry repairs.
Do I really need a chimney inspection and services?
A chimney inspection is always recommended even if you infrequently use your fireplace, stove, or furnace. If you only use your chimney occasionally, birds, squirrels, or rodents may build nests in it, or sticks, leaves, and other debris may fall down the chimney, resulting in a potentially flammable chimney blockage. Furthermore, extreme weather or even normal wear and tear on the chimney might cause structural or internal difficulties that you may not be aware of before lighting the next fire. Fires built in faulty chimneys cause approximately $200 million in property loss each year, not to mention the many preventable fatalities caused by this lack of safety. Since the last time you built a fire in the fireplace, a variety of factors could have rendered your chimney hazardous to use. As a result, even if you do not use your fireplace on a regular basis, a yearly chimney inspection is still required to run your chimney properly. Regardless of your usage patterns, periodic chimney inspections and cleanings are highly recommended by American Air Ducts to minimise unwanted damages and risk.
What type of chimney inspections do I need?
As industry standards dictate, there are three different levels of chimney inspections. The inspection standards were established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The inspection levels are referred to as Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3
Level 1 Chimney Inspection
The most basic level of chimney inspection is the first. This examination verifies that your chimney, appliance, or venting system is safe to operate. When no changes have been made to the system and no known faults with the structure exist, the level one examination should be employed. This check could be supplemented with an annual chimney cleaning to assure the appliance’s safety.
Our experienced chimney sweep analyses the accessible internal and external components of the chimney, as well as the appliance or chimney connection, during this examination. The firebox, smoke chamber, damper, chimney cap, and chimney crown are all checked during this complete inspection. The chimney’s structural elements will be examined, as well as the system for any obstructions or combustible buildup.
Level 2 Chimney Inspection
The level two chimney inspection is used when the chimney system has undergone any modifications. Changes in fuel type, chimney relining, and a new furnace or appliance are all examples of this. This examination can also be done if the home has recently changed owners and the new owners want to verify the system’s performance, or if there has been a chimney fire recently.
The examination at this level comprises all of the components of a level one inspection, plus a video component. The internal surfaces and joints of the chimney are examined using a colour video inspection. This inspection takes a close look at the chimney’s internal and external components. The homeowner is then given a written report outlining any areas of concern discovered during the inspection.
Level 3 Chimney Inspection
All components of the previous inspections are included in the level 3 inspection, just as they were in the level 2 inspection. The level 3 inspection is the most invasive of the three. Parts of the chimney that are hidden from view may need to be removed and evaluated for flaws during this examination. The chimney inspector may need to remove bricks, metal flue pipes, masonry, chimney crowns, chimney caps, internal chimney walls, or other sections of the chimney system to access to these parts of the chimney. When one of the previous examinations shows a major problem and the only method to access the area is to open up the chimney, a level 3 inspection is required. These inspections are extremely unusual, occurring in only approximately 2% of all inspections.
Schedule regular chimney inspections and cleanings with American Air Ducts to avoid the need for an intrusive inspection.
Chimney and Fireplace Safety Is Our Top Priority in Houston
Video Camera Inspections for Chimney
Creosote Removal from Chimney
Resolve Smoke Drafting Issues
Solve Water Leaks in Chimney
Rebuild Brick Chimneys
Expert Masonry Work for Chimney
Animal and Nest Removal from Chimney
Waterproofing for Chimney
Wood and Gas Burning Fireplaces
Oil and Gas Boiler Flues
Wood Burning Stove Flues
Hot Water Heater Flues
Flue Liners for Chimney
Standard Size Caps
New Chimneys and Fireplaces Built
Custom Made Caps
Wood Burning Stoves
Fireplace Glass Doors
Custom Made Chase Pans
Metal Smoke Stacks
Top and Bottom Dampers
Our effective chimney repair services play an important role to make sure that you’re safe around the clock. Having fireplace and chimney repairs will give your chimney a much longer lifespan, avoid serious problems with your home and enhance its appearance. Call us to schedule an inspection so you can make sure you don’t need any immediate repairs and can safely use your fireplace.
To avoid chimney fires, correctly exhaust chimneys, and help your home heating system work efficiently, we conduct extensive chimney inspections and chimney cleaning services. We take pleasure in our long-term customer connections at American Air Ducts. We schedule annual cleanings and service for them in advance of the fall and winter seasons to ensure they are ready.
Call the best certified chimney company in Houston (that’s us!) right now to find out how you can save money on your heating bills this Fall and Winter!!! We might be able to help you save money in winter by installing a wood stove, a gas stove, or a fireplace insert. CSIA for chemical protocols and chimney sweeps. We’ve been getting calls for appliances, which we unfortunately don’t service, but which we could make ourselves. Meanwhile, we’ll go up to the roof to look for any problems with your chimney and brush / clean it.