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Inspecting Homes With Fireplaces

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basics on professional home inspections for homes that contain fireplaces. Features like these may introduce just one or two additional elements that home inspectors cover during their processes, and knowing about these in advance is helpful if you’re considering the purchase of such a home.

At Aerolite Consulting, we’re here to offer an unmatched range of home inspection services, plus environmental testing services like mold testing and asbestos testing, to clients around Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem, St. George and nearby parts of Utah. While part one of our series went over some basics like initial visual inspections and possible gas or air testing that may be done in a home with a fireplace, today’s part two will look into some additional checks or nuances that are often part of this process.

Smoke Test

In some cases, depending on the age or condition of a fireplace, a smoke test may be conducted. This is an important safety measure that involves lighting a fire in the fireplace and checking for any issues with ventilation or draft within the chimney.

If there are any concerns here, these could be major red flags that require further inspection or even repairs to ensure proper function and safety going forward. Any such concerns will be noted in detail by our home inspectors.

Chimney Inspection

For any fireplaces that have an accompanying chimney, this is a key area of focus during the inspection process. We’ll be checking for any buildup or other issues within the chimney that could lead to safety concerns or potential repairs needed down the line. Especially if there have been previous owners who may not have properly maintained the chimney, this will be an important area of focus.

Cracks and Damage

In addition to visual inspections for damage or wear and tear within a fireplace, we’ll also be looking closely at any potential cracks or other structural concerns. These could be signs of major issues with the fireplace that could lead to costly repairs if not addressed promptly. We’ll inspect all elements of the fireplace, from the flue to the damper, to ensure everything is in good working condition.

Possible Dealbreakers We May Find

While this is certainly rare, there are even certain issues with fireplaces or chimneys that could rise to the level of being a dealbreaker for some homebuyers. These may include major previous fires in the home, serious structural concerns with the chimney, or other issues that may require significant repair costs. If any of these are found during our inspection process, we’ll be sure to inform you promptly.

For more on what home inspections might cover for fireplaces in a home you’re considering purchasing, or to learn about any of our home inspection or environmental testing services, speak to the staff at Aerolite Consulting today. We’re happy to provide home inspections and environmental contaminant testing services for clients around Utah!