When you are preparing to help your buyers and sellers make any home transaction, the inspections are often one of the most important parts. If buyers find out about an issue that will take thousands of dollars to fix, it could compromise the entire sale. Scheduling a chimney inspection ahead of time is one way to avoid this. What are some of the most common chimney problems that can pop up as your sellers list their homes?

Creosote Accumulation

Creosote is a dangerous substance that naturally accumulates in chimneys as fires are lit. Creosote being present in a client’s chimney does not necessarily mean that they did anything wrong, but it does mean that the chimney will need to be cleaned before you can sell the home. Creosote is highly flammable, and excessive buildup leads to a high risk of a house fire. A chimney sweep can clean the creosote out and inspect the chimney to ensure that there are no other problems present.

Blockage in the Chimney

Nests, organic debris, creosote blockages, and even animals can be found in your chimney. These chimney problems are often discovered during a chimney inspection. Depending on what is inside of your chimney, remediation might need to involve other professionals as well, like pest control professionals. If you don’t remove the blockages, carbon monoxide will be unable to escape the chimney, which can lead to death.

Brickwork Problems

Brick chimneys are designed to last for a long time, but they are not impermeable, and they require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Brick is susceptible to moisture damage, so when mortar starts to crumble and the bricks endure rain and freezing weather, the chimney will become damaged. We can help you to reinforce the brick in the chimney using a variety of strategies. In serious cases, a chimney can be fully or partially rebuilt to ensure safety. Having these repairs made ahead of time will prevent your sellers from needing to make chimney-related concessions at the negotiation table later down the road

Sell Homes with Confidence from Clean Sweep Maryland

Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, slate roofing and duct cleaning services designed to keep all your listed properties clean and safe for sellers and buyers. If you have a prospective home buyer or home seller in need of chimney inspection or repairs, we are here to help.