Home/Services we offer/Chimney Surveys
separator

 

A CCTV inspection of a flue will enable us to detect the existence of many problems.
 
Problems such as breaches in the flue wall, blockages from poorly installed liners, birds nests, fallen debris or damage to the mid-feathers ( the brick partition between two flues). It will also show up problems like heavy tarring which will need more advanced sweeping measures to be removed.A state of the art 'Wholer' CCTV camera will be used for inspections,this camera allows precise inspection by being able to tilt 180 degrees and pan 360 degrees remotely. 

A recording of the inspection can be made onto a suitable format for you or your insurance company. A detailed report will also accompany this recording, outlining the condition of the flue shaft plus the exterior of the stack among many other key points and noting any recommendations for any remedial action if needed. 

The chimney is usually swept first so please allow 90 minutes for this service.

When should you consider having your chimney surveyed?

  • - After a chimney fire.
  • - If you've moved into a new house and want to know the condition of the flue.
  • - If you are changing the heating appliance that the flue serves
  • - If you are experiencing chimney problems such as the smell of smoke a room upstairs or any other room when the fire is going.
  • - If there are cracks or smoke spillage marks on the chimney breast or stack.
  • - If you are worried if an appliance or chimney system has not been fitted correctly. 
  • - CCTV inspections are available upon request in Dublin or Wicklow, other areas will be considered.

Smoke testing

The flue within a chimney must be sound and fit for purpose. We are able to provide a fully certified Integrity test (smoke test type 1) to establish if the are any obstructions, to check that the flue is acceptably airtight and that there any no gases able to escape your flue shaft into rooms in the dwelling through breaches in the flue wall.

We also carry out a smoke spillage test (smoke test type 2)to establish whether the chimney is functioning adequately. Any gases which can escape into the dwelling either via breaches in the flue or due to inadequate draw can potentially prove fatal as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Especially as we are making our dwellings evermore airtight, it is important to make sure there is adequate ventilation in the room serving the solid fuel appliance. Depending on the type and size of the appliance you have, you will need a correctly sized permanent air vent for this. This SHOULD be fitted by the competent person that installs your appliance. 

There are also a number of other appliances in a home that draw air from a house like tumble dryers and extractor fans, so it is important to make sure they are not competing for the same air. Failure to provide for this can result in Carbon Monoxide issues. As a professional chimney sweep I can advise you on such issues.

Request a call back to book your Chimney Survey or simply call us on 01 902 0758.