Another reason to have a home inspected, chimney nest

I was conducting a home inspection on a duplex last week. The chimneys did not have covered screens installed. As a result of that the flue liner was cracked and deteriorated from rain getting in there and the freezing and thawing cycles.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANot only does having a covered screen help direct rain away from the interior of the chimney they also prevent animals from building nests inside.

From the image you can see a nest that is blocking the flue. This flue was also used to vent the exhaust from the gas appliances. This is safety hazard not only from carbon monoxide but also from the nesting materials catching fire.

So always have a covered screen for safety, damage prevention and fire prevention.

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Jim Troth is an Ohio home inspector. His home inspection company is Habitation Investigation LLC. Jim also provides marketing guidance. The site for home inspectors is:
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