Why Should Your Fireplace Be Up to Code?
By Doug Hetsch
March 29, 2019
When you own a home with a fireplace, it is very important to follow proper maintenance schedule for high efficiency and safety reasons. One of the essential responsibilities is scheduling a professional chimney sweeping and inspection appointment yearly with a certified and trained chimney sweep. At All American Chimney Service, all our technicians are certified and trained, and we are ready to serve you.
Since 2006, we have been taking care of the chimneys in the Louisville area. You can count on us to make sure everything is up to code when we work with your fireplaces and chimneys. This maintenance is very essential for keeping your chimney and fireplace running smoothly, and it also increase the resale value of your home. We would like to tell you more about the importance of an up-to-code fireplace, and what to expect from us.
What does it mean to have your fireplace up-to-code?
Every town has a set of local building safety codes and standards to follow for construction. Since these codes change over time, certain systems in your home such as your chimney system may not meet that standards. When All American Chimney Service comes to sweep and inspect your chimney, we will check to see if your chimney is the correct height and that it is also lined. We also look at the condition of your masonry materials, the damper, the cap, and other components. If we find a problem, we will provide you with a written explanation of the issue, photographs of the damage, and an estimate of the repairs that are necessary to bring your fireplace up to code.
How much value does an up-to-code fireplace add to my home?
Depending on the area you live, a functional, up-to-code chimney and fireplace system can raise the cash value of your home from five to twelve percent. According toSF Gate, a survey conducted in 2007 by the National Association of Realtors found that 46 percent of home buyers would pay more money for a home with a one fireplace. Another survey from 2012 states that fireplaces are one of the three most wanted amenities in homes. However, it is important to remember that these statistics are about functional fireplaces that meet local codes. If there are problems with the chimney and fireplace system, it can be a deterrent when selling your home.
Even if you are not planning on selling your home anytime soon, your fireplace may not work safely and efficiently if there are problems. To be sure your fireplace is up-to-code,contact ustoday at All American Chimney Service to schedule your appointment!