Following on from your home inspection: Fireplaces

You've had a building inspection and it all looks good. The property looks sound and you've decided to purchase it. Great! Congratulations.

We're putting together a series of blogs to help you out following on from your home inspection. As we get into cooler weather and the winter months, this blog is all about fireplaces and flues.


Each fireplace and flue should be inspected by a certified chimney sweep each year. This is usually an insurance requirement, otherwise a fire from a dirty chimney may not be covered. Every time prior to starting a fire, check the firebox for deterioration or damage. If there is a damper, check it is in operation. Make sure you open the damper prior to starting a fire! If smoke starts billowing out from the fireplace, the damper is closed or there is a major blockage in the flue.


The hearth should be of adequate size to protect adjacent combustible building materials. If you're unsure what this means, get in touch with QSPlus - we can help.


The flue lining in a masonry chimney should be inspected by a professional certified chimney sweep every year. The flue should be tight along its entire length. Linings should be intact, unobstructed, and appropriate for the fuel type. An unobstructed flue can usually be opened by a chimney sweep but consult a chimney expert if the integrity of the flue is in doubt. Unlined chimneys should be updated with the installation of metal liners.

At QSPlus, we're certified building inspectors and are here to help with independent advice. We can give you any information you need relating to your fireplace or chimney - just get in touch!

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