Fireplace Inspection

Axiom 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
  • clean-out doors and frames.
  • We will describe:

  • the type of fireplace;
  • We 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
  • clean-outs not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.
  • What is not inspected or required (see Standards of Practice):

  • 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.
  • Our service areas

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    Axiom Home Inspection is based in Southeast Oakland county, making us centrally located for the Metro Detroit Area. We inspect homes in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties.

    Please give us a call even if you're outside this area. We will make every effort to accommodate you and your inspection needs. All clients should have the opportunity to receive a quality inspection.