FIREPLACE & CHIMNEY Home Inspection
Your Eagle Eye Property Inspector will perform a visual examination based upon our standards of practice. Here we will describe more information on the exterior and what you should inspect for your inspection. Listed below you will also see some sample pictures taken of an exterior for your reference. Please feel free to contact us any time with any questions you might have.
I. The inspector shall inspect:A. readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;
B. lintels above the fireplace openings;
C. damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and
D. cleanout doors and frames.
II. The inspector shall describe:A. the type of fireplace.
III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:A. evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers;
B. manually operated dampers that did not open and close;
C. the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace;
D. the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and
E. cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.
IV. The inspector is not required to:A. inspect the flue or vent system.
B. inspect the interior of chimneys or flues, fire
doors or screens, seals or gaskets, or mantels.
C. determine the need for a chimney sweep.
D. operate gas fireplace inserts.
E. light pilot flames.
F. determine the appropriateness of any installation.
G. inspect automatic fuel-fed devices.
H. inspect combustion and/or make-up air devices.
I. inspect heat-distribution assists, whether gravitycontrolled or fan-assisted.
J. ignite or extinguish fires.
K. determine the adequacy of drafts or draft characteristics.
L. move fireplace inserts, stoves or firebox contents.
M. perform a smoke test.
N. dismantle or remove any component.
O. perform a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-style inspection.
P. perform a Phase I fireplace and chimney inspection.