You've found the perfect home in Ozaukee County. It has everything you want. The inspection went smoothly. Financing is lining up. Is anything missing?
Yes, potentially ... and ignoring it could have wet (and pricey) consequences.
How well was the chimney examined? Unless they undertook a detailed rooftop inspection, a home inspector can easily miss the warning symptoms of a leaky chimney: missing or misplaced flashing, deteriorated mortar, porous brick, a cracked crown or a missing cap. If they didn't clamber on the roof for an up-close look, chances are they overlooked potential problem areas.
Similarly, as good as he or she is, a home inspector can't really see inside your chimney. Shining a flashlight from below won't spot cracked flue tiles, for example, or openings between tiles. Building codes for Ozaukee County mandate that these issues be repaired – and the longer they wait, the costlier the solution.
As a new homebuyer in Ozaukee County, you last sounds you want to experience in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's an answer.
For just $299, Quality Fireplace will undertake a complete inspection of the chimney's exterior, and a 360-degree scan of its interior. The scan uses customized video tools to discover any likely issues. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote buildup and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a good idea? A proactive chimney scan prepares you with information to make a smart purchase decision. Ideally, no problems are identified. You can move ahead with confidence.
If problems are discovered, perhaps you hold the seller to repair them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the sale price. The important thing is, you know.
If a scan detects cracks or gaps, moisture might be seeping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can break down, spurred by the merciless freeze-thaw cycles in Ozaukee County.
A fix doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars. A chimney liner can be installed starting at $700, depending on the number of appliances venting into it. The key is to stop deterioration of the chimney structure before it fails.
Some surprises in life are welcome. Others – such as dripping in the chimney of your new home – are decidedly not.
Call Quality Fireplace, 262-786-4411, to ensure that your new Ozaukee County houses chimney is prepared for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Ozaukee County dream home as ideal as it seems.
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