The FIREPLACE section is not yet complete.

I. The inspector will inspect:
  • readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;
  • lintels above the fireplace openings;
  • damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and
  • cleanout doors and frames.
II. The inspector will describe:
  • the type of fireplace.
III. The inspector will report as in need of correction:
  • evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers;
  • manually operated dampers that did not open and close;
  • the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace;
  • the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and
  • cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.
IV. The inspector is not required to:
  • inspect the flue or vent system.
  • inspect the interior of chimneys or flues, fire doors or screens, seals or gaskets, or mantels. 
  • determine the need for a chimney sweep. 
  • operate gas fireplace inserts. 
  • light pilot flames. 
  • determine the appropriateness of any installation. 
  • inspect automatic fuel-fed devices. 
  • inspect combustion and/or make-up air devices. 
  • inspect heat-distribution assists, whether gravity-controlled or fan-assisted. 
  • ignite or extinguish fires. 
  • determine the adequacy of drafts or draft characteristics. 
  • move fireplace inserts, stoves or firebox contents. 
  • perform a smoke test.
  • dismantle or remove any component.
  • perform a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-style inspection.
  • perform a Phase I fireplace and chimney inspection.

Report prepared by Stephen Prinkey, CPI