Fireplaces can be really add to the ambiance of a home as well as an alternative heat source however they can come with obvious safety risks, therefore a visual fireplace inspection is important. We inspect the readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces including the lintels above the fireplace openings as well as the damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and clean-out doors and frames.
We will note the type of fireplace as well as whether there is evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers. Manually operated dampers that failed to open and close. The presence or lack of a smoke detector in the same room as a fireplace. The presence or lack of a CO detector in the same room as the fireplace. We will note cleanouts that are not made of a non-combustible material.