Do you live in or around Pittsburgh and are planning to sell or purchase a house sometime soon? If so, then there are probably many things at the top of your to-do list before listing it for sale and if you own a home with a fireplace system, you’re going to need to contact a company that provides real estate chimney inspections in Uniontown, Belle Vernon, Waynesburg,Greensburg, Washington, Monroeville, Bethel Park, Glenshaw, Cranberry, Wexford, Beaver Falls and throughout the Pittsburgh, PA and Morgantown, Fairmont and Clarksburg, WV regions.
As a CSIA-certified and family-owned business, Advance Chimney Sweeps, Inc can help you knock this item off of your checklist. Furthermore, real estate chimney inspections are required in Pennsylvania before you can sell your home.
The Benefits Of Real Estate Chimney Inspections
Real estate chimney inspections provide several benefits. For one, some chimney fires go unnoticed because they’re small and end up extinguishing themselves.
However, the cause of the fire can more easily be identified during real estate chimney inspections. In addition, damage to the flue liner is easier to see with this type of inspection.
Finally, there may be minor damage to the masonry within the deep recesses of the chimney structure. Those are difficult to see with the naked eye, but much easier to find during a real estate chimney inspection.
Why Are Chimney Inspections Important For Your Home?
Real estate chimney inspections are a type of Level 2 Inspection specifically for homes that are being sold. During this process, our team uses a high-tech camera to give your chimney a thorough examination, along with all of the aspects of a normal Level One Chimney Inspection.
Without this level of review, some chimney problems may go unnoticed until it's too late. This may include small problems such as the need for a new chimney liner or minor masonry repairs. It can also lead to much larger problems such as the need for a homeowner to completely rebuild their chimney, rip out drywall, and perform roof repairs due to leaks.
Simply put, real estate chimney inspections are required because they both ensure that a homeowner makes an informed purchase and that they don’t accidentally use an unsafe chimney.
Things Our Team Will Look For
During our visit to your home, our CSIA-certified team will ensure that there is no structural damage to your chimney. We’ll also inspect functional components such as your damper, cap, crown, and flashing. In addition, we’ll look for crumbling or cracked brick that may not be visible from the outside.
Finally, this type of chimney inspection helps identify any problems with your home such as rotting wood or mold and mildew growth.
Performing Chimney Repairs As Needed
The functional purpose of real estate chimney inspections is to identify problems so that the new homeowner is fully informed before buying your home. However, one of the benefits of working with Advance Chimney Sweeps is that we can often perform chimney repairs on the spot when we find them. While some larger problems may require additional visits, we have CSIA-certified technicians on every truck who can easily fix minor problems with ease.