By inspecting the rooftop portion of your chimney stack we can learn:
1. What types of issues your chimney is experiencing: spalling, cracking, leaking, deterioration, flaws, and more importantly, why.
2. If it meets BC Building code height requirements and if it will require bracing.
3. The condition and integrity of the cap, mortar, brick/stone, flashings and exposed flues.
4. Using a camera system, we scope the flue liners to investigate their condition below the roofline.
Inspecting the attic portion of your chimney stack is important, especially to uncover whether moisture intrusion, rot, mold, deterioration or structural issues below the roofline are present. Anything that is discovered during the attic inspection can not only help paint a better picture of the overall condition of your chimney, but also save you the headache and costs associated with discovering it later.
Fire Box Inspection
The firebox is an integral part of the chimney. During our inspection we will look at the condition of the damper, the firebrick and mortar. If you have a connected wood stove or an inserted gas unit this may not be possible, in which case we visually inspect as much of the fireplace as we can.
It is equally important to inspect the base of the chimney whether that is inside the basement, or an exterior wall. Chimneys typically deteriorate in two places, the rooftop portion – which is exposed to the elements – and the base of the chimney stack where all the moisture settles.
Please note: There are instances, due to inaccessibility, where we are unable to inspect your chimney or attic.
Don't Wait Until It's Too Late!
The consequences of deterioration can range from minor to dire and really depends on how quickly you address the problem. A cracked chimney crown can be repaired quite easily, for example, but crumbling brick up and down the stack poses a serious health and safety hazard. Like any home maintenance issue, the longer you wait to address a problem, the more expensive a repair will likely be. If you’re unsure about what shape your chimney or fireplace is in, contact us for a consultation. Notice some of the warning signs of a chimney in need of repair, below.