What do you need to know when you’re purchasing a home with a fireplace &/or a chimney? 

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Most homes in Pennsylvania will have a chimney for a fireplace,  water heater, a boiler, or a furnace exhausting into the chimney.

So here’s some things to keep in mind during your home sale or purchase.

One of the items that are frequently forgotten on a home inspection is getting a second level inspection by a chimney professional.

This is so important!! There’s often only a limited amount that the general home inspector can actually view during the home inspection process.

For example, an inspector won’t look in the chimney or crawl on the roof to examine the flashing and the condition of the mortar.

They’ll generally make some comments and maybe recommend a second opinion. If your home has a fireplace or a chimney, we recommend that you request a chimney inspection and have it cleaned by a chimney professional.

Your realtor should walk you through the negotiations.

A chimney inspector will look into the condition of the mortar and the chimney crown and cap.

If the mortar deteriorates, the bricks can become loose, allowing water intrusion into the chimney, which will lead to long term problems.

It’s also highly recommended that you consider adding a chimney cap, which will help control debris from falling in, as well as prevent animals from gaining entry to your home.

Chimneys, built before 1940

Chimneys built before 1940 typically did not have a liner.  But, don’t worry – one can be added and are often recommended. However, they can be quite costly, so if you talk to your agent about negotiating the terms with the seller.

If you own a home with a chimney, it is probably fused for a fireplace, water heater, furnace, or boiler exhaust. It’s recommended that you have it checked routinely.

Whether you have it inspected every year, every two years, or even three years, it’s important to stay on top of the maintenance that’s required and to give you peace of mind.

The chimney inspector will also check the size of your hearth and firebox to ensure that the entire unit is safe for use and doesn’t have any cracks or deterioration.

If you have any additional questions that I didn’t answer, reach out anytime at 717-723-9080!

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