Failed Chimney Cap – 11-08-10

Tennessee Home Inspections – Failed Chimney Cap – 11-8-10

Imagine you are a 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 notoriously famous for coming apart.  Especially in older homes.  Buyer beware! 

Suspicious Chimney Cap

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

Damaged Chimney Cap

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

Closeup of Damaged Cap

Makes you wonder why someone left it in this condition.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at, or call 615-376-2753. 

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 comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on Linked.  Thank you!


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