If you are in the process of purchasing a home, you should be completing a home inspection done to check for any issues. A home inspector, such as Babcock Home Inspector, can inspect everything about a home from the foundation to the roof in order to let you know what kind of shape everything is in before you purchase it.
One specific area of a home that a skilled home inspector should know to pay close attention to is a fireplace.
A fireplace can be a great feature to have inside of a home, but if it hasn’t been maintained properly or if there is an issue with it that you’re unaware of prior to purchasing, you’ll be forced to deal with it. Therefore, your home inspector should closely inspect the fireplace and let you know if anything needs to be done.
There are many issues a home inspector will be able to spot within a fireplace. Gas log lighters in certain gas fireplaces can be problematic and can even create a hazard. A home inspector will also be able to check for potential gas leaks since the last thing you want is for gas to be entering your home during a fire instead of going up a chimney. Additionally, a home inspector will open up the fireplace flue and make sure that it functions properly while observing for any cracks in it. He or she will also check the firebox for cracks and take a closer look at the bird screen and rain cap at the top of the chimney for any signs of damage. The key is to inspect every aspect of the fireplace to make sure it’s in tip-top condition for you.
At Babcock Home Inspections, we know how important it is to inspect fireplaces and chimneys during a home inspection. Failing to do so could lead to a fire or a gas leak sometime down the line. If are buying a home with a fireplace, it is your right to have a thorough fireplace inspection done. Call us today at 210-325-2106 with questions.