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Avoid a Leaky Chimney (and other unwelcome surprises) in Your New Home With a Proactive Chimney Scan!

You've identified the ideal 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) 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, 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 passed by 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 identify cracked flue tiles, for example, or gaps between tiles. Building codes for Washington County require that these issues be repaired – and the longer they wait, the more expensive the solution.

Avoid a Leaky Chimney in Your New Residence With a Proactive Chimney Scan!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 execute a complete inspection of the chimney's exterior, and a 360-degree scan of its interior. The scan uses specialized video tools to identify any potential issues. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote accumulation and remove debris blockages.

Why is this a smart idea? A proactive chimney scan you with information to make a sound purchase decision. Ideally, no issues are identified. You can proceed with confidence.

If problems are identified, perhaps you require the seller to repair them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the sale 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 break down, spurred by the unforgiving freeze-thaw cycles in Washington 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 Washington County places chimney is ready 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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