Monday, September 13, 2010

Nashville Home Inspector - Chimney Cap Failure - 9.13.10

Chimney Cap Failed

Imagine you are a HABITEC Home Inspector walking around the outside of the house as you start a Home Inspection. As you walk past the chimney you look up at the top of the chimney and see what is in the photo below. Hmmm. That's different. Probably should make a mental note about that and check it out when on the roof. What do you think it is?

HINT: Chimney caps are notariously famous for coming apart. Especially in older homes. Buyer beware!

ANSWER: The worse case scenario. After later getting out onto the roof, below is what you see. And it's not pretty.

And the closeup below confirms the condition of the cap. It has failed and needs immediate repair.

Makes you wonder why someone left it in this condition.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

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