Internal video (or “scanning”) is a video camera with lights on it that is lowered down the chimney to check the inside condition of the flue tiles, mortar joints, etc. The camera has lights on it with varying brightness and a joystick which can swivel the camera a full 360° as well as up and down a full 180°. It has a TV screen in which you can watch exactly what’s going on inside, and even take pictures or videos of your findings. It is very highly recommended to have the scanning performed following a cleaning. Even with our super bright flashlights, it is possible to miss spotting a cracked tile, missing mortar joints or a hole through a tile, etc, when looking up and down the chimney with the naked eye.

The code states “If the flue liner in a chimney has softened, cracked, or otherwise deteriorated so that it no longer has the continued ability to contain the products of combustion (i.e. heat, moisture, creosote, and flue gasses) the liner shall be either removed and replaced, repaired, or relined with a listed liner system or other approved material that will resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gasses at temperatures appropriate to the class of chimney service”.

In other words… all chimney flues (no matter what they’re used for) are supposed to be in good shape. No cracks, holes, breaks, missing mortar joints, severe deterioration, corrosion, etc.

Most chimneys when built are lined with the orange or yellowish type ceramic tiles which usually come in 2 foot lengths, which mean there will be a mortar joint every 2 feet that usually ends up deteriorating over time.


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