Post-Chimney Fire & Lightning Strike Inspections in Portland
Was Your Chimney Damaged By Fire Or A Lightning Strike?
To insurance companies, chimney fires, lightning strikes, earthquakes and other events are often considered “sudden occurrences”. If your chimney has suffered what insurance companies refer to as a “sudden occurrence” — such as a fire or a lightning strike – there’s a very good chance that your insurance company will cover the damages. But in order to determine that the chimney damage is indeed related to a specific event, you’ll need to have the system evaluated by a CSIA-certified professional Chimney inspection company. This will also be necessary if you’re to get the claims process started. Bear in mind, though: policies don’t generally cover damage that is the result of a lack of maintenance. Regular chimney sweeping and cleanings can help you avoid that situation.
What Does A Post-Chimney Fire / Lightning Strike Inspection Check For?
Using video scanning technology and a variety of tools, we’ll assess the damage to the chimney, checking for signs that may link it back to a “sudden occurrence”. As with a level 1 or level 2 inspection, we’ll take a look at all accessible areas, but may also need to remove parts of the chimney, the appliance or even the home. Of course, we won’t do any unnecessary demolition, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to identify the extent and source of the damage. Don’t worry — our expert techs have extensive experience with “sudden occurrence” chimney inspections, and know all of the things to look for (like vertical cracks and puffy creosote in the liner, which are typically indicators of a chimney fire).
Is It Safe To Use My Chimney After a Chimney Fire or Lightning Strike Prior To An Inspection?
A chimney that has undergone damage (or may have) should absolutely not be used before being professionally inspected and approved for use. Each part of the chimney is designed to perform a specific function, and if any of those parts are damaged, lighting a fire could be incredibly dangerous and damaging. From masonry damage and chimney fires to carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires – a damaged chimney can lead to a whole host of problems.
American Chimney & Masonry Can Help!
If your chimney system may have been damaged by a “sudden occurrence,” give the experts at American Chimney & Masonry a call. We’ll do an in-depth inspection and answer any questions you may have. Call 503-644-0393 or schedule an appointment! If you’re about to buy or are considering buying a home with an existing chimney, it’s well worth it to have a Real Estate Transaction Inspection with our video scan.
Portland Chimney Repair – Service Area
Located right here in Portland, Oregon, our chimney sweep technicians provide the best in chimney services, fireplace installation and chimney inspections in the Portland-Metro area. From NE Portland down to SE Portland, Tualatin and Oregon City in the south, from Pleasant Valley in the east to Beaverton and Sherwood in the west – when it comes to your chimney, fireplace and vents, we hope you’ll call American Chimney & Masonry! We are the most trusted Portland Chimney Repair company!