You've spotted the perfect home in Racine 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) outcomes.
How well was the chimney examined? Unless they performed a detailed rooftop evaluation, a home inspector can easily pass by the warning signs 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 might be, 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 Racine County require that these issues be repaired – and the longer they wait, the costlier the fix.
As a new homebuyer in Racine County, you last noises you want to detect in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's an answer.
For just $299, Quality Fireplace will perform a complete inspection of the chimney's exterior, and a 360-degree scan of its interior. The scan uses customized video gear to discover any likely problems. 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 wise purchase decision. Ideally, no issues are found. You can move ahead with confidence.
If problems are found, perhaps you ask the seller to fix them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the purchase price. The critical thing is, you know.
If a scan finds cracks or gaps, moisture might be seeping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can break down, spurred by the unforgiving freeze-thaw cycles in Racine 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 good ones. 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 dwelling's chimney is prepared for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Racine County dream home as ideal as it seems.
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