The ability to see inside the chimney is such an advantage.
Having eyes inside, allows us to complete things such as:
✓ Checking the flue for integrity.
✓ Locating the exact position of a bird nest.
✓ Locating heavy clogged creosote hard spots.
✓ Visually inspecting joints.
✓ Checking for eggs during nesting season.
We can work using the camera as our eyes to remove difficult blockages most brushes would pass right past!
As the image shows to the right, inside your liner can get pretty ugly!
However, having the correct equipment makes all the difference!
We sometimes will use CCTV to check the liner before sweeping.
This can help see if the liner requires a power clean or standard brush.
It will also alert us to rotten liners to avoid liner slap later.
A full range of different cameras are used to tackle anything we come across.
This allows us to view blockages in great detail and full HD.
Lined or unlined, we can remove blockages little by little with no mess.
You can't just remove any old blockage.
We first use the camera to identify the type of tools and heads we need.
Blockages can be tough to get through.
Liners can rip very easily and needs specialized equipment.
We have uploaded this in 360 mode, so you can control the camera using your fingures or mouse!
We also carry 360 video equipment to broadcast live video feed directly to the customer.
This allows for a detailed inspection of the structure of chimney.
This video can be saved and sent via text or email to customers or insurance companies.
It also is perfect for sending up the flue to check for liner intergrity.
With Kielder Chimney Sweeps we are always one step ahead with the latest equipment!
Here is an example of a successful extraction of a birds nest while using our camera equipment.
After locating the exact spot we spun the nest down rather that using a nest hook.
We made this decision based on a few factors, such as height, size and strength.
Removing nests while using a camera gives us a huge advantage, so we can see exactly what is going on inside the chimney or liner.
We have this at our disposal on all our jobs should we require it.
This nest was removed after nesting season and the top of the nest was examined on the roof before removing it.