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Fireplace and Chimney Inspection

What is a Fireplace and Chimney Inspection?

Fireplaces and chimneys are prominent fixtures of a home but require routine monitoring due to a variety of problems. WIN Home Inspection's Fireplace and Chimney Inspection goes beyond what the home inspection evaluates in the fireplace and chimney. Using advanced tools, we can take a deeper look at the interior of the chimney flue.

Why is it needed/required?

There are a variety of dangerous issues that can occur with a home’s fireplace and chimney that a WIN Home Inspector will look for during their inspection. Additionally, the inspector will also assess exterior and visible aspects of the fireplace and chimney, too. A camera is used during this process so the inspector can evaluate the condition of the less visible areas of the system, which can help spot issues such as:

  • Creosote build-up: Every time a fireplace is used, the smoke goes up into the chimney and breaks down into creosote. Creosote is a tar-like substance that can catch on fire if not removed.

  • Critter invasion: Nesting creatures can stack obstructions on top of your chimney invasion, making it a carbon monoxide risk.

  • Obstruction: In addition to critters, there are other types of obstructions such as tree branches, leaves, bags, etc., that can end up on or inside a chimney.

  • Damaged damper: Dampers keep the heat in your home when a fireplace is not in service. If the damper in a home is rusted through, misaligned, or missing the damper altogether, this can be detrimental.

  • Cracked brick, missing mortar, misaligned liners: Can lead to instability or signify more significant issues.

  • Chimney cap and crown defects: There are times when chimney caps are improperly installed or badly worn. Can cause moisture damage inside the chimney.

  • Overgrown or nearby vegetation: Overgrown trees or vines can damage chimneys and create gaps in mortar joints.

  • Unsafe chimney height/clearance: Chimneys that are too tall and don't have the proper support or bracing are at risk of cracking, moving, or collapsing.

  • Chimney exterior defects: Cracks, spalled or lost masonry, or missing mortar, can be signs of interior moisture problems in the chimney.

  • Fireplace issues: Inserts installed without an inspection, rusted or damaged fireboxes and chimneys.

What is covered/does the Fireplace and Chimney Inspection entail?

A WIN Chimney Inspection will look for visible signs of failure and needed maintenance we also look inside the chimney flue using a camera to look for other items that need immediate attention, such as cracks in masonry, damage to chimney lining, water damage and issues with the chimney. Additionally, an Inspector will look for moisture issues, and damaged liners.