You've found the perfect house in Ozaukee County. It has everything you want. The inspection went well. Financing is lining up. Is anything missing?
Yes, potentially ... and ignoring it could have wet (and pricey) results.
How well was the chimney examined? Unless they undertook a detailed rooftop evaluation, a home inspector can easily pass by the warning symptoms of a leaky chimney: missing or misplaced flashing, broken down 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 possible 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 detect cracked flue tiles, for example, or gaps between tiles. Building codes for Ozaukee County mandate that these issues be repaired – and the longer they wait, the pricier the fix.
As a new homebuyer in Ozaukee County, you last sounds you want to hear in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's a remedy.
For just $299, Quality Fireplace will execute a complete inspection of the chimney's exterior, and a 360-degree scan of its interior. The scan uses specialized video equipment to discover any likely problems. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote buildup and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a smart idea? A proactive chimney scan you with information to make a wise purchase decision. Ideally, no issues are found. You can move ahead with confidence.
If problems are discovered, perhaps you ask the seller to fix them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the sale price. The critical thing is, you know.
If a scan spots cracks or gaps, moisture might be escaping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can break down, spurred by the merciless freeze-thaw cycles in Ozaukee County.
A repair 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 places 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 wonderful as it seems.
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