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Failed Chimney Caps



Richard Acree

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 notariously famous for coming apart. Especially in older homes. Buyer beware!

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

And the closeup below confirms the condition of the cap. The cap has deteriorated and failed. Not only will it allow water, insects and birds to enter, the loose bricks pose a hazard to pedestrians below should they shift and fall to the ground. This chimney cap needs immediate repair.

Makes you wonder why someone left it in this condition.

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Richard Acree

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