Chimney Inspections

An inspection of your chimneys is a thorough way to assess the condition of your chimneys and identify any issues that should be addressed.

Chimney Inspections

Our team of chimney sweeps carry out inspections on chimneys throughout Scotland, using the most up to date equipment. We utilise various CCTV cameras from small wireless cameras to larger pan and tilt cameras that enable us to inspect all elements of the chimney, both internally and externally.

Additionally we are able to offer a drone service to help provide an aerial view of the external chimney structure.

We carry out chimney inspections for a range of customers including historic building trusts, stove installation companies, local authorities, and domestic residences.


Some reasons to undertake  a chimney inspection:

  • Problem solving.

If you are already aware of a problem with your chimney, an inspection will help identify the cause of the issue, and what remedial work should be undertaken to address the issue.

  • To check for defects that could be allowing harmful gasses to leak from the chimney.

Cracks, missing brick work or deteriorated joints within the flue can result in carbon monoxide leaking into other parts or the property.

  • Prior to purchasing a new property.

Inspecting the chimney of a new property pre-purchase can be a useful way to help ensure that there are no unwanted surprises when you complete the purchase of your new home. Undertaking a chimney inspection is especially important on older properties. You can find out more information on our New Homeowner Chimney Inspection page.

  • Prior to fitting a new stove or liner.

Undertaking a chimney inspection before committing to upgrading the use of the chimney can ensure the chimney is suitable for the proposed changes.

  • After a chimney fire to ensure there is no damage.

Inspecting a chimney after a chimney fire can help determine the condition of the chimney, and identify any issues that may need to be addressed.

  • Landlord’s meeting their “duty of care” responsibilities to their tenants.

We often undertake chimney inspections on behalf of landlords and building managers who have a duty of care to ensure maintenance of their buildings is being undertaken to a high standard.

  • In order to support an insurance claim.

We can provide a chimney inspection service where an insurance claim may require evidence to support the claim process.


Some of the processes involved in a chimney inspection:

  • Visual inspection and measurements

Our experience of chimneys enables us to quickly identify any issues, with a more thorough inspection using equipment such as cameras where necessary.

  • Pressure sealed smoke test – to test for leakage.

We often undertake a sealed smoke test to identify if leakage may be occurring.

  • CCTV internal inspection.

Our CCTV equipment enables us to inspect elements of the chimney that would have previously been impossible to access.

  • Confirm construction and dimensions of chimney.

Inspection of your chimney can help identify the construction of your chimney, and which processes of chimney maintenance would be best suited to your chimney needs.

  • Stack pot and cowl inspection, with digital photos documenting any faults.

Our CCTV and drone equipment allows us to identify the condition of your chimney infrastructure in detail.

  • Detailed written report with photo or video documentation.

A written report provides a clear summary of any issues identified, along with a suggestion of what actions should be taken to remedy any issues.

Fire Work Chimney Sweep

Fire work are a full service chimney sweep company, offering sweeping, inspection and maintenance services for residential and commercial clients throughout Scotland. We are GOMCS approved, providing certification of all works completed for each job.

Chimney Inspection

We sweep chimneys of all shapes and sizes. In addition to sweeping your chimney, we can also inspect all elements of your fireplace and appliance to ensure safe and efficient operation.

Chimney Sweeping

We are able to sweep, survey and maintain all varieties and sizes of fireplaces, chimneys and stoves.

Tar and Creosote Removal

Using a specialist creosote modifier, we are able to reduce the amount of tar and creosote that can build up in a chimney over time.

Chimney Cowls and Birds Nest Removal

Chimney cowls may seem simple, but they provide a huge benefit to the maintenance of your chimney and fireplace.

New Homeowner Chimney Inspection

Undertaking an inspection of your chimney and fireplace provides excellent peace of mind in your new home.
We issue GOMCS certificates with each sweep for submitting to your insurance agents.

Commercial Chimney Sweeping and Inspections

We have a team of 4 experienced chimney specialists who are able to undertake projects across Scotland. Contact us today to make an appointment.

Barbara, Edinburgh

“The young lad who did the chimney sweep at my flat was very professional. He did a great job and kept the living room very clean. I would recommend this service to anybody and will definitely use it in the future if needed.
Many thanks”

Jenny Kury, Kinfauns

“I just wanted to email you to give recognition where it’s due. The young lad who came out today was very pleasant, professional, courteous and respectful. We felt completely safe with the COVID measures too. He kept mess to a minimum and took a lot of care when cleaning up. Gold star service! We will definitely use Fireworks again.”

Chris Munro, Drumsmittal, Inverness

“Just a quick note to let you know how pleased we were with the job you did yesterday.
It was the best clean of the chimney we have had in over 20 years.
There is a significant difference in the heat output from our radiators and a better draw from the chimney.”

Lavinia Turner, General Manager, Aldourie Castle Estate

“Very professional team, excellent service, tidy and reliable.

Very happy to recommend their services.”

Godfrey Macdonald, The Lord Macdonald

“We have used Jason Ross and Fire Work for more than eight years, both in a personal and business capacity. In total they clean at least five chimneys on a quarterly basis with care, efficiency and a complete professionalism in all aspects of their work. I cannot recommend them highly enough and wish them even greater success in the future.”

A Crossley

“Very helpful and informative sweep. Highly recommend.”

A George

“Had these guys sweep our chimney for several years, nothing is too much trouble for them. They are so helpful, polite, punctual, and tidy, you’d hardly know they’ve been.

A couple of years ago they went above and beyond when we found out we had chimney issues during a sweep, and thanks to their investigation our cottage is safe again.”

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