Chimney & Fireplace Inspection
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR ONLY CONCERN AND IT’S OUR JOB
Upon arriving to your home Chimney Troop is surveying your chimney even before we get out of the truck. After the initial greetings he will start the inspection and determine if the chimney is safe to burn or needs repairs and or chimney sweep.
INSPECTION DETAILS AND COMPONENTS
The chimney will be accessed if possible, most are, and these are the areas of concern:
- Chimney cap present? If so, is it keeping rain and critters out? Proper spark arrestor installed if necessary.
- Chimney crown solid? Holding the first row of brick together? Is it sealed?
- Brick, stone, wood, or stucco all sealed and not cracked. Chimney health is and integrity is good.
- Waterproofed? Any signs of deterioration of moisture saturation.
- Flashing in good condition, free from rust and installed property.No separation from the chimney.
- Roof shingles and decking around chimney are in good condition.
- Look down chimney and inspect the flue for the lining.
Go inside and inspect the fireplace for:
- Firewall integrity, free from cracking and it’s sold construction is still intact.
- Damper works correctly and is free from rusting.
- Lintel is sealed and free from rusting.
- Gas pipe allows gas to flow freely. Gas Logs work correctly if present.
- Look through the damper and inspect the flue for solid lining free from cracks.
- Determine if the chimney “should” work properly? Fireplace function is not guaranteed by a passing inspection. Many factors to determine if the fireplace will perform correctly are outside the scope of an inspection. With that said we can make it function correctly once we are aware of it not performing.
Now that all components have been inspected for fire safety Chimney Troop will suggest any repairs or services to make the structure up to local and federal building codes.
A full electronic email outlining what was discovered will be discussed and emailed to you.