As a chimney inspection company that works closely with real estate agents, we understand the pivotal role a chimney plays in the overall safety and functionality of a home. Chimneys, while often overlooked, can be the centerpiece of a home sale. However, they are also susceptible to issues that can compromise their integrity and pose potential hazards to homeowners. What are some of the most common chimney-related issues that we uncover during a home inspection?

Creosote Accumulation

One of the most frequent issues we encounter during chimney inspections is excessive creosote accumulation. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that forms when wood is burned incompletely. Over time, it can build up inside of the chimney flue and form a serious fire hazard. During a chimney inspection, we will assess the level of creosote buildup and recommend appropriate cleaning and maintenance measures.

Cracked Chimney Liners

Chimney liners play a crucial role in protecting the chimney structure from the heat of the fire. However, they are susceptible to cracks and deterioration over time, especially in older homes. Cracked chimney liners can hurt the chimney’s ability to safely vent smoke and gases, which increases the risk of carbon monoxide exposure. During a chimney inspection, we will work to identify any signs of damage and recommend necessary repairs or replacements.

Masonry Damage

The outside of any chimney is constantly being exposed to the elements, which makes it vulnerable to wear and tear. We often encounter issues such as crumbling mortar, cracks, and spalling bricks during inspections. These defects can take away from the aesthetic appeal of the chimney and also compromise its structural integrity. Our inspection reports provide detailed assessments of any masonry damage and recommendations for repairs.

Flue Blockages

Obstructions within the chimney flue, such as bird nests, leaves, or debris, can prevent proper airflow and ventilation. These blockages decrease the efficiency of the chimney and increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires. As part of our inspection process, we conduct visual and camera inspections of the flue to detect any blockages so that they can be removed.

Help Your Clients Buy and Sell With Confidence

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.