You've identified the ideal abode in Waukesha County. It has everything you want. The inspection went well. Financing is lining up. Is anything missing?
Yes, potentially ... and ignoring it could have wet (and pricey) consequences.
How well was the chimney examined? Unless they performed a detailed rooftop evaluation, a home inspector can easily overlook the warning signs of a leaky chimney: missing or misplaced flashing, broken down 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 overlooked 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 Waukesha County mandate that these issues be repaired – and the longer they wait, the costlier the repair.
As a new homebuyer in Waukesha County, you last sounds you want to detect 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 customized video tools to detect any likely problems. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote accumulation and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a smart idea? A proactive chimney scan prepares you with information to make a wise purchase decision. Ideally, no problems are found. You can move ahead with confidence.
If problems are identified, perhaps you ask the seller to fix them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the sale price. The critical thing is, you know.
If a scan finds 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 Waukesha 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 Waukesha County dwelling's chimney is ready for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Waukesha County dream dwelling as perfect as it seems.
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