By Barry Stone | Access Media Group
Dan Bowers @ Holmes Inspection Company
Ever crawl inside a fireplace and look up past the damper? Or climb up on your roof and look down the flue? There are some telltale signs that are easily identifiable that indicate you should hire a professional chimney sweep. For instance, if opening the damper leaves your face covered in soot, if you can run your pinky finger through the mortar and it falls out like sand, if you can pull bricks out above the roofline and re-align them like Lego® blocks, if you have charred wood in the attic touching the chimney…all of these are serious issues. Don’t laugh. As dangerous as these signs are, home inspectors see these issues too regularly.
Aluminum wiring was commonly used for wiring homes throughout North America, built from the 1960s to the late 1970s, due to copper being high priced, and aluminum being a cheap alternative. Electrical devices such as receptacles, light switches, fans, and other fixtures, weren’t designed to be used with the aluminum wiring of this time period. Homes with the older aluminum wiring are more at risk of a potential fire hazard.