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Real Estate Inspections

When you are buying or selling a house, a home inspection is a must. The home inspector will check your foundation, your roof, your electrical and plumbing, in addition to many other things. But does a home inspection include your chimney? In most cases, the answer is no!

Don't let one of the most important parts of your home go overlooked. In New England, a long heating season is one thing you can be sure of, so why not make sure that your heating system and chimney are running safely and efficiently?

Chimney Savers, Inc. provides Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified real estate inspection services to buyers and sellers, using tried-and-true methods, as well as video inspection equipment, to give you HONEST and THOROUGH advice.

Chimney Savers will:

  • Perform a preliminary inspection of your chimney, checking readily accessible areas of the chimney (thimble, fireplace opening, smoke chamber, and chimney above the roof) to look for any potential dangers.

  • If sweeping is necessary, the chimney will be swept to remove dangerous creosote and soot from the heating system.

  • The chimney will then be inspected a second time for damage or potential hazards to the heating system. This includes:

    • Checking the stovepipe or galvanized connectors for deterioration or damage;
    • Checking the firebox for cracks or missing mortar.
    • Making sure the smoke chamber and firebox are properly constructed;
    • Checking for the correct sizing of the chimney flue in relation to the appliance.
    • Inspecting the clearance of combustibles to the appliance connector, the fireplace opening, and the appliance itself.
    • Inspecting the chimney flue for cracks, deterioration, spalling, warps, birds or animals.
    • Inspecting the masonry on top of the chimney for damage in the form of cracks, missing mortar or bricks, damaged mortar joints, cracked crowns, spalling bricks, etc.
    • Checking to make sure there is an expansion joint between the flue and the chimney crown.
    • Inspecting the chimney flashing for deterioration or possible leaks.
    • Checking that the appliance is correctly sized for the home.
    • Inspecting the inside of wood stoves to make sure the stove is operational.

After the inspection of your heating and venting system, we will provide a written report showing the services performed, as well as any recommendations of repairs for the system. Any damage found will be documented in the form of pictures or videos. We can also go over techniques with you for safe operation of the stove or fireplace.

Video Inspections
Oftentimes, chimneys can be easily inspected using a high-powered flashlight and an inspection mirror. However, for chimneys containing flues that make bends and turns, we recommend inspecting flues with video inspection equipment.

Chim-Scan 250 Series Inspection Camera System:

Flashlight Video Recorder: