You've spotted the perfect place in Washington 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 overlook 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 climb up on the roof for an up-close look, chances are they missed 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 highlight cracked flue tiles, for example, or gaps between tiles. Building codes for Washington County mandate that these issues be fixed – and the longer they wait, the pricier the repair.
As a new homebuyer in Washington County, you last noises you want to hear in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's a remedy.
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 gear to discover any possible issues. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote buildup and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a smart idea? A proactive chimney scan arms you with information to make a sound purchase decision. Ideally, no issues are found. You can proceed with confidence.
If problems are spotted, perhaps you require the seller to repair them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the purchase price. The important thing is, you know.
If a scan finds cracks or gaps, moisture might be escaping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can disintegrate, spurred by the merciless freeze-thaw cycles in Washington 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 Washington County places chimney is prepared for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Washington County dream home as idyllic as it seems.
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