Fireplace Inspection Services Salem, Alabama

Alabama/ Georgia Home Inspectors


I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1.  readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;
  2.  lintels above the fireplace openings;
  3.  damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and
  4.  cleanout doors and frames.


II. The inspector shall describe:

  1. the type of fireplace.


III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

  1.  evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers;
  2.  manually operated dampers that did not open and close;
  3.  the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace;
  4.  the lack of a carbon monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and
  5.  cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.


IV. The inspector is not required to:

  1.  inspect the flue or vent system.
  2.  inspect the interior of chimneys or flues, fire doors or screens, seals or gaskets, or mantels.
  3.  determine the need for a chimney sweep.
  4.  operate gas fireplace inserts.
  5.  light pilot flames.
  6.  determine the appropriateness of any installation.
  7.  inspect automatic fuel-fed devices.
  8.  inspect combustion and/or make-up air devices.
  9.  inspect heat-distribution assists, whether gravity-controlled or fan-assisted.
  10.  ignite or extinguish fires.
  11.  determine the adequacy of drafts or draft characteristics.
  12.  move fireplace inserts, stoves or firebox contents.
  13.  perform a smoke test.
  14.  dismantle or remove any component.
  15.  perform a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-style inspection.
  16.  perform a Phase I fireplace and chimney inspection.

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