Are you planning to make a move this summer? Whether you’re buying a home or selling your existing home, you should have your fireplace and chimney inspected by a certified chimney professional.
Doesn’t my home inspection include a chimney inspection?
Most home buyers assume that their real estate inspection will include a thorough inspection of any fireplaces and chimneys. A real estate inspector will poke around these devices to see if they show signs of damage. However, they will not thoroughly check the fireplace and chimney. Most home inspectors simply aren’t trained to thoroughly inspect fireplaces, heating stoves, and chimneys. A chimney inspector will do more. A chimney inspection will check the interior of the chimney flue, the rooftop components of the chimney and the fireplace and chimney clearances.
What does a real estate chimney inspection include?
When transferring a property, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends a Level 2 chimney inspection. During a Level 2 chimney inspection, a certified chimney inspector examines all accessible components of the fireplace and chimney. That includes portions of the chimney system that can be accessed through attics and crawl spaces, and atop the roof. Level 2 inspections also use a specialized camera. It is inserted up the chimney flue to look for signs of damage, weakness or previous fires.
The purpose of a Level 2 inspection is to determine that the chimney structure is sound and safe for use. It will also ensure that the chimney is free from any obstructions and that all fireplace and chimney connections have been properly installed. Following a Level 2 chimney inspection, your chimney technician will be able to advise you on the soundness of your fireplace and chimney system. He or she also will also be able to give you a thorough report on the condition of the system. That includes: whether masonry is showing signs of wear and deterioration, if metal fireplace and chimney components are in good working order and whether there are signs of water damage.
- Whether masonry is showing signs of wear and deterioration,
- If metal fireplace and chimney components are in good working order,
- and whether there are signs of water damage.
Who can perform a real estate chimney inspection?
Your chimney inspection should be performed by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep. These chimney technicians have been trained and certified in proper chimney and fireplace construction, maintenance and care. This includes the proper cleaning and inspecting of chimneys. Hiring a certified chimney inspector is the only way you can be sure that the fireplace and chimney system in the home is completely safe for use.
No matter if you are buying a new home or selling an old one, a chimney inspection is important for you. Call Fluesbrothers Chimney Service to schedule your real estate inspection today!