You've spotted the perfect place in Waukesha 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 miss 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 clamber 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 detect cracked flue tiles, for example, or openings between tiles. Building codes for Waukesha County require that these issues be repaired – and the longer they wait, the more expensive the solution.
As a new homebuyer in Waukesha 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 customized video gear to discover any possible 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 sound purchase decision. Ideally, no issues are identified. You can move ahead with confidence.
If problems are discovered, perhaps you ask the seller to repair them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the purchase price. The vital thing is, you know.
If a scan identifies 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 Waukesha 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 Waukesha County residence chimney is prepared for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Waukesha County dream home as idyllic as it seems.
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