Get Peace Of Mind & Value With A Thorough Fireplace Inspection
When you’re buying or selling a home, a fireplace can be a big value booster. But if it’s in bad shape, it can also be a big expense and a big hazard.
A lot can go wrong with a fireplace and chimney, especially if the system has been neglected for years on end. Without an inspection, it can be very difficult to identify where dangers, damage, or issues lie and how bad things are— after all, the majority of the fireplace and chimney system is out of sight. That’s why fireplace inspections are so important.
From the seller’s point of view, when you know your fireplace is in good working order, you can communicate that in your listing and confidently raise your asking price. From the buyer’s point of view, knowing that things are in good working order can help you close with confidence, without wondering if costly repairs or fire hazards await you once you get the keys to the home.
Our Inspections & Reports Are Thorough & Fast
If you’re buying or selling a home, get the confidence you need by calling the client’s partner and the realtor’s friend: Call Us First Home INspection.
We’ll carefully evaluate the fireplace and chimney using common tools (like a flashlight and a mirror), looking for any major concerns, damage, or safety and performance issues. We understand the difference between a material defect and something that can be fixed easily and affordably, and our licensed inspectors are experienced and thorough, not nit-picky. Within 24 hours of your inspection, you’ll have the information you need to move forward with repairs or negotiations.
Here are some of the things we’ll be looking for:
- damage, cracks, heavy creosote buildup, gaps, or blockages in the chimney flue
- heavy creosote buildup in the smoke chamber
- rust, major cracks, missing material, or other damage in the firebox paneling (minor cracks are probably not a problem)
- structural concerns
- broken fireplace and chimney components (like dampers)
- improper clearance from combustibles
- missing chimney cap
- cracked or leaky crown
- missing or old gaskets around fireplace doors
- damaged/failing flashing
- gaps between the firebox and the fireplace facing
- cracked, crumbling, and stained masonry
- staining on ceilings, walls, and in attics that could be indicative of a chimney leak
- improper fireplace installation/construction
If the fireplace is gas, we’ll also check the pilot light, make sure the damper is clipped open, check the gas line and the combustion make-up air vent, and make sure the gas valve is conveniently located and easily accessible so the gas can be easily shut off in an emergency.
The Knowledge You Need In 24 Hours Or Less
Are you buying or selling a home? Let’s work together to make the experience better and safer. Schedule a fireplace inspection today and let our customer-centric team take care of you. We’ll have a thorough and detailed report to you within 24 hours of your inspection — guaranteed. Call 405-640-0406 or request an appointment online today. We offer custom pricing and we guarantee a job well done!