Why You Want To Get A Chimney Inspection

You won’t find a new home in California with a wood burning fireplace or stove these days, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.  If you purchase a home with a fireplace – you might not even think twice to get a professional chimney inspection, but there are many great reasons to do so – especially for safety concerns.  To get a fireplace inspection, you will likely get quoted two different prices – an inspection on a clean fireplace and an inspection on a fireplace that needs to be cleaned to properly inspect.  You’ll be looking at less than a few hundred dollars, and something I would highly recommend having a professional look into.  This small cost is peace of mind that you don’t end up with a chimney fire that spreads to your roof and home.

So, what exactly are they looking for on a fireplace inspection?

  • The flue liner will be checked for cracking and creosote build-up as well as cracked tiles.
  • The condition of the bricks and mortar will be looked at.
  • A cap and screen on the top of the chimney will be inspected as well as flashing and tie in with the roof.
  • Doors and gaskets around doors.
  • Cleaning of the blower (if your fireplace has one).
  • Broken or deteriorated brick linking the firebox.

How often should you get your fireplace cleaned/inspected?
Built up creosote a flammable tar is the leading cause of chimney fires – so be sure to get your chimney cleaned if you are using it!  If you use your chimney often, that means likely once a year.  Consult with a professional chimney company for recommend maintenance based on your usage.

Some might think that only when purchasing a home should you get an inspection, but you should also get an inspection after an earthquake, or other large weather occurrence that could damage your chimney.

Audrey Chaney

Audrey Chaney
Realty ONE Group Complete