You've found the perfect abode 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) results.
How well was the chimney examined? Unless they undertook a detailed rooftop inspection, a home inspector can easily pass by the warning signs of a leaky chimney: missing or misplaced flashing, crumbling mortar, porous brick, a cracked crown or a missing cap. If they didn't climb up on the roof for an up-close look, chances are they passed by 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 spot cracked flue tiles, for example, or gaps 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 sounds you want to experience in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's a solution.
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 specialized video equipment to spot any potential problems. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote accumulation and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a smart idea? A proactive chimney scan equips you with information to make a smart purchase decision. Ideally, no problems are discovered. You can proceed with confidence.
If problems are found, perhaps you ask the seller to repair them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the purchase price. The important thing is, you know.
If a scan identifies cracks or gaps, moisture might be seeping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can disintegrate, 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 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 residence chimney is ready for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Racine County dream dwelling as wonderful as it seems.
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