Ensure the chimney flue is not damaged or cracked as it can lead to leaking of dangerous gases into your home. Your inspector will look for signs of rust to ensure the flues are in good condition.
Look for ports that are covered by wallpaper, drywall, or a metal enclosure and add them to your to-do list. The ports pose a flue gas leakage and fire hazard.
Your inspector will look for a damaged chimney crown and missing cap. The presence of these problems may lead to rusting of metal flues, making your chimney unsafe.
This is a chimney that is entered by a flue vent from a heating appliance to the bottom of the flue. Ensure you don't have such flues as they are easily barred by falling debris.
Make sure your chimney has a cleanout door, which should always stay closed when not in use. A missing or open door increases the risk of flue gas leakage or fire.
A chimney sweep will inspect your chimney for signs of rust. Dumpers are some of the common culprits of rusting, and your expert may recommend replacing them.
If you have a metal chimney, ensure there is adequate support above the roof or along the walls. Get an expert to add support to a roof chimney that is more than 5 feet beyond the roof surface.
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Ensure there is clearance between your chimney and combustibles.
Always use fireplace inserts to reduce the risk of fire hazards.