Get Your Chimney Inspected
Buying a house with a stove already installed?
I've been to a few houses at the request of new owners and sadly they've either not been well installed. Some I've had to condemn. Additionally they haven't been swept even though the previous owners say they have been! So my advice....
If you’ve just moved into a property with an existing fireplace, it’s important to have the fireplace and chimney inspected. Even if the previous owners were not using the fire, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a potentially dangerous accident waiting to happen. The consequences of ignoring potential dangers here just don’t bear thinking about.
- Insist on seeing evidence that the installation conforms to regs..HETAS installers certificate or of building inspector having signed it off.
- Obtain proof of sweeping..most good sweeps will issue a certificate..we certainly do. This may also have any small faults listed should there be any. Insist on it being swept by a registered sweep prior to moving in..
Homebuyer surveys will not normally include a chimney and flue inspection apart from what the surveyor can see of the chimney from outside. Without knowing the chimney condition previous damage to the internal flue caused by excessive heat or corrosion could allow toxic fumes to enter your home. Old bird nests or creosote deposits will severely limit the expulsion of chimney gases and could cause a chimney fire. Compared with these risks the cost of an inspection by a qualified chimney sweep will give peace of mind going forward.
We are qualified and able to produce a detailed report, outline any defects and give advice on how to get the best from existing appliances.