It is recommended that you have your chimney inspected once per year, ideally before you begin to use your fireplace for the season. In addition to this, your chimney may need to be inspected if there are signs that something is wrong, such as smoke billowing into your home instead of up the flue when you light a fire. If you are having a chimney inspection done, the inspector may recommend performing a video chimney scanning process instead of a visual inspection. There are pros and cons to video chimney scanning. Learning the pros and cons will help you determine if it is right for your chimney. Here are a couple of the pros and cons:
The Cons of Video Chimney Scanning
- The Cost
The biggest downside to a video chimney scan is the cost. Using video technology to scan a chimney is expensive. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to forego this service.
- May Be Unnecessary
The other disadvantage to video chimney scanning is that it may be unnecessary. It is not recommended that video chimney scanning is done during annual chimney inspections. Instead, this service is typically reserved for individuals who are complaining of problems with their chimney or those who are looking to have a chimney inspection done when buying a home. Unless you are having problems with your chimney or are buying a new home, a video chimney scan may be unneeded.
The Pros of Video Chimney Scanning
- Allows an Inspector to See the Entire Chimney
The biggest benefit to a video chimney scan is that the scan allows an inspector or repair company to see the entire chimney and its flue. Often times, there are parts of the chimney that an inspector cannot visually see. There may be a bend in the flue or it may be too far down the chimney to look at. Video technology allows the repair company or inspector to see the entire chimney, which allows them to accurately determine its condition.
- Helps to Determine Problems Faster
While a video chimney scan may be pricey, it can help to determine the cause of your chimney issues faster than troubleshooting the chimney and/or guessing as to what the problem could be based on what can and cannot be seen. So, if you are having chimney problems, a scan may actually help to save both time and money as it locates the exact cause of the problem faster, ensuring it is properly fixed.
Video chimney scanning can be a fast and quick way to determine the exact condition of the chimney and what, if any, problems are present. But it can also be costly. Learning about and weighing the pros and cons of video chimney scanning will help you make a decision as to whether this or traditional visual inspection may be the better choice for your chimney.
Contact a company like A Sound Chimney & Masonry LLC for more information and assistance.