Chimney Inspection

Annual Chimney Inspection

The National Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend an annual chimney inspection to prevent house fires & carbon monoxide poisoning.

During an annual chimney inspection, we will use the latest technology to uncover safety issues, potential structural damage, and inspect the exterior of the chimney.  We use specialized video equipment to check the integrity of the chimney liner and provide you with a full report of the findings.

Severe Weather Inspection

Storm damage is a lot to deal with, and people affected are anxious to get things back to normal. Unfortunately, many scammers capitalize on these emotions and anxiety and tend to appear in the communities hit by severe weather. Many “storm chasers” will solicit door-to-door, often skipping town shortly after collecting the money. Be wary of offers that sound too good to be true, if they require full payment upfront, or if they ask to sign a contract allowing them to negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim of these scams:

Hancock Chimney Service Co., Chimney Cleaning, Grandville, MI
  • Ask your insurance company about the policy coverage, and how to file a claim
  • Confirm that the contractor is legitimate by checking with Better Business Bureau.
  • Obtain 3-4 quotes from local companies.  A scammer will try to pressure you into making a decision on the spot.
  • Get everything in writing, including details of work, and labor and material pricing.
  • Don’t make a final payment until the work is done and inspected.  Oftentimes, the damage is cosmetically covered up, without any real repair work being done.
  • Get real references, and check to make sure the company they claim to represent is real.
  • Read everything you are asked to sign carefully and do not sign anything marked “ESTIMATE” or “AUTHORIZATION”.
  • Make sure all promises being made are in writing.
  • Make sure the contractor obtains all necessary permits.
  • DON’T PAY IN CASH.

DIY Inspection

CSIA recommends hiring a certified company to perform all inspections, however, there are signs homeowners can look for to identify potential problems.  Look for these signs, and if any are present — give us a call ASAP:

 

  1. Check the interior of your home for leaks in your basement or ceiling. Look for framing damage or loose rafters.
  2. Look for sagging roof lines, separated foundation, leaning walls and other structural damage.
  3. Examine gutters & downspouts for dents, cracks, holes, etc.
  4. Check the roof for bruised, dented, curled, cracked, torn or loose/missing shingles.
  5. Check your siding for cracks, breaks, or discoloration.
  6. Check exterior appliances, such as A/C units for damage to its components.
  7. Look for tree limbs on or around your chimney, and check for cracks in the bricks.
Hancock Chimney Service Co., Chimney Cleaning, Grandville, MI

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