Navigating Your Colorado Springs Home Purchase: Fireplace Inspections

As a Colorado Springs homebuyer, you have probably listed a fireplace among your desirable home necessities.Winter is approaching and it’s time to sit in front of a crackling fire sipping hot cocoa and snuggling under a chenille blanket while thick, white snowflakes crust our windows.Before you light up that fireplace, be sure that you’ve had it inspected.Even gas fireplaces can become clogged with debris, buildup, or even bird nests.Having an annual fireplace inspection can save you a lot of damage.

Step 1: Visual Check of Fireplace and Chimney

The first step in a quality fireplace inspection is the visual assessment.The inspector will verify that the fireplace is properly configured, cleaned, and that there is no visible damage to the door, walls, etc.Next, the chimney will be observed for cracking, buildup, or damage.

Step 2: Debris Removal

The inspector may also perform chimney sweeping services.If not, you’ll hire a chimney sweep to use brushes, extensions, poles, and a vacuum to remove creosote buildup and other debris.

Step 3: Second Level Inspection

If you’ve experienced a dramatic weather event, such as high winds, a tornado, or if you’re aware that major changes have been made to the fireplace, then you need a more in-depth inspection.The inspector will observe the roof, attic, crawlspace, chimney and chimney footers for signs of disrepair or cracking.An inspector may also use video scanning equipment, a laser level, and gas level.The inspector will then leave you with an evaluation of the damage and repair options.

Step 4: Post-chimney fire repair

In the event that the chimney has been damaged by a creosote fire, it may require destructive and intrusive evaluation and repair.Once this has been completed, the repair team will be able to certify that the chimney is safe for regular use again.