"Can I use the fire place" asked the buyer. No way in hell I told her.
When inspecting a home a couple ays ago, I ran into a situation I had never been in. I was in the middle of inspecting the home with the buyer in tow.
Not only the buyer and the buyers Husband was there but the buyers agent was there and the seller was there to "take notes so he could repair what ever it was I was to call as an "issue".
When I got to the roof of the home after and exhausting Hour (lots and lots of questions by everyone) inspecting the exterior of the home.
I immediately noticed the two chimneys. Is there two fireplaces as well. I asked the owner is both fire places were used. He said no just this one. Photo on the next shot.
The chimney was in O.K. shape for the age of the home (1965). There are a few issues as seen in the photo.
The interior was another issue though. Lets take a look at the interior view of the fireplace it's self.
The first thing I did notice was th missing glass in the doors of the fire place front.
Then I had a peek to look inside for any other issues. That's when I saw this next shot.
The fireplace damper is missing. Not broken, seized up or simply wrong. But completely missing.
If you look closely you can see what looks like a cutting torch was used to remove the damper and the hinges. My guess is that the home owner had the damper seize up and could not get it to work properly. So instead of repairing the damper, they simply cut out the damper with a torch.
I though this "Smooth move Sherlock". :-(
This means the access from the outside of the home has been compromised with the missing damper. Any thing that wants to come into the home can come in through the chimney flue.
The owner has a lot of repairs to do now.
Have a great weekend every one.