The fireplace can be the most inviting place to spend time with loved ones or relax during the long winter months. Although making a fire is easy, there are many components that must be working effectively to ensure the chimney is not a risk to anyone in the home. There are many disciplines that are responsible for making your chimney functional and providing maintenance. It is our job to make sure they did (or are doing) theirs. Our property inspector professionals follow a strict standard when inspecting chimneys and we want you to know what to expect:
Ready accessible and visible portions of fireplace and chimney
Lintels above fireplace openings
Damper doors, Cleanout doors, Frames
Evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers
Smoke detector and carbon monoxide vicinity
From the fireplace hearth to the firebox, it is important to ensure no loose, cracked, or damaged bricks are present. The mantel must be secure and the chimney liner should be checked and cleaned by a licensed chimney sweep - this is a step we recommend for every new home. If you own or are purchasing a home with a gas fireplace, it is important that the damper be installed with a damper clip. This allows for the gas to dissipate from the fireplace while the pilot is lit. The fireplace is one area of the home where precaution is extremely necessary. Let us help inspect your fireplace and make sure it is functioning properly without risk to you or the home!
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