You've spotted the ideal home in Washington County. It has everything you want. The inspection went without a hitch. 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 undertook a detailed rooftop inspection, a home inspector can easily miss the warning symptoms of a leaky chimney: missing or misplaced flashing, crumbling 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 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 spot 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 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 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 specialized video gear to identify any likely issues. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote buildup and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a good idea? A proactive chimney scan equips you with information to make a smart purchase decision. Ideally, no problems are found. You can move ahead with confidence.
If problems are discovered, perhaps you hold the seller to repair them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the sale price. The critical thing is, you know.
If a scan detects cracks or gaps, moisture might be escaping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can break down, spurred by the merciless 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 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 Washington County dwelling's chimney is prepared for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Washington County dream residence as idyllic as it seems.
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