You've identified the perfect home in Racine County. It has everything you want. The inspection went cleanly. 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 performed a detailed rooftop inspection, a home inspector can easily miss the warning signs 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 might be, a home inspector can't really see inside your chimney. Shining a flashlight from below won't detect cracked flue tiles, for example, or openings between tiles. Building codes for Racine County mandate that these issues be repaired – and the longer they wait, the more expensive the repair.
As a new homebuyer in Racine County, you last sounds you want to experience in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's a solution.
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 detect any possible problems. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote accumulation and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a smart idea? A proactive chimney scan arms you with information to make a smart purchase decision. Ideally, no problems are identified. You can proceed with confidence.
If problems are spotted, perhaps you ask the seller to fix them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the purchase price. The vital thing is, you know.
If a scan spots 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 Racine 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 breakdown 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 Racine County home's chimney is prepared for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Racine County dream residence as idyllic as it seems.
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