Chimney stacks and caps.

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Chimney stacks and caps.

I have come to realize just about all the chimneys I inspect have a lot in common. No it's not the flue that lets out all the smoke and gasses.

It's they nearly all are missing the Rain cap.

Even though we don't get a lot of rain here these a safety issue. There are all kinds of rain caps for the flues of fireplaces but they are needed. As I explain to the buyers and sellers in some cases, The safety issues are as follows.

1. The rain cap assembly needs to be installed to keep rain out.

2. The chimney cap will come with a spark arrestor built in. (need I say anymore) 

3. A chimney cap will keep out the birds and rodents that want to call the chimney home.

4. The chimney cap will keep out all the leaves, twigs and branches that might cause you a chimney fire if not protected from them.

Here is a classic example why you need a chimney cap.

Chimney without a cap.

The buyer of this home told me the sellers did not use the fireplace.

When I asked why not. He replied they did'nt feel safe using it.

It was a good call too. The water had created a lot of cracks and left the top of the chimney riddled with holes. This allows water to get in and cause the interior mortar to degrade. This is a major problem. Left unchecked the only solution would be to install a new flue liner. Or maybe end up having to replace the entire chimney.

Not cheap.

Have a great day everyone.

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Clint  McKie

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Jay Markanich
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Water is THE killer of chimneys and people don't understand that.  Usually it takes a sweep to recommend the cap and put it on for a fee to get it done.

July 30, 2012 05:22 PM
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Clint Mckie
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Good Morning Adrian.

Getting the chimney stacks caps installed was a good move on your part. No not very sexy, but it makes the home look like the owner really cares about the home. That goes a long ways when you want to sell at a later date.

Have a good day in Bothell, Washington.

Best, Clint McKie 

July 31, 2012 03:56 AM
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Clint Mckie
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Good morning Jay,

If there is no cap I always recommend one. Water rodents, birds and debris are just a few reasons to have a chimney cap. Not to mention the stories of the agents that commented on this post.

Always call for a cap if there is not a working cap present at time of inspection.

Have a good day in Northern Virginia.

Best, Clint McKie

July 31, 2012 04:03 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks, Clint, for sharing your experience.  More very good reasons for every buyer to have a professional home inspection.  I will post your blog on my Facebook page.

July 31, 2012 04:49 AM
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

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