Chimney Inspection

My condo association requires a chimney inspection every two years. The bus iness managers say the inspector need have no certification nor licensure. At a minimum, I want whoever does this to check that the flue is not obstru cted. How can this be checked? I will probably have one of my handyperson f riends do this. Anything else that folks here can think of that should be c hecked.
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On 01/23/2016 12:41 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Good grief!
If no credentials required, maybe just have the kid at McD's (that runs the french fryer) perform the inspection?
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On 1/23/2016 11:57 AM, Gustav wrote:

Why not just cut out the middle man and inspect it himself?
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On 1/23/2016 12:41 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Call a local shop that sells woodstoves and the like for a recommendation for a chimney sweep. You may want to talk to neighbors and have a group done at the same time and save money.
They usually look for obstructions and cracks/leaks and a good cap securely attached.
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licensure. At a minimum, I want whoever does this to check that the flue is not obstructed. How can this be checked? I will probably have one of my handyperson friends do this. Anything else that folks here can think of that should be checked.
Contact the city/county bldg & safety critters first and get their advice. Anybody can inspect anything, but for jobs relating to fire safety I lean toward paying a little extra for a state-recognized certification.
This is overkill, but full of good info and drawings...
http://ladbs.org/LADBSWeb/LADBS_Forms/InformationBulletins/IB-P-BC2014-07 0EQDamagedChimney.pdf
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On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12:42:01 PM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wro te:

. At a minimum, I want whoever does this to check that the flue is not obst ructed. How can this be checked? I will probably have one of my handyperson friends do this. >Anything else that folks here can think of that should b e checked.
I'd recommend contacting your condo board and suggesting that they find one or two inspectors that are qualified, see if they can cut a deal with them, where they will do any inspection at your complex for a condo owner at X price. That would serve 3 purposes:
The inspector is qualified Each condo owner doesn't have to find one on their own, unless they want to Hopefully you get a little better deal
Plus if the same one or two inspectors is doing most of them, they will get more familiarity with possible problems that are particular to your complex.
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trader_4 posted for all of us...

Good idea.
****** To the OP. What good is it if they have uncertified inspectors? That tells them nothing. You could print out a sheet paper that says Chimney inspector and sign off on yours. Are the inspectors licensed, insured, and responsible if there is an incident-fire, co poisoning that happens. Sounds like someone on the boards BIL needs a temp no responsibility job. Either that they are in the repair business. Who pays for the repairs?
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Thank you for your ideas, Gustav, Mr. Emann, Snuffy, Trader_4 and Tekkie.
I went to the HOA's Rules and Regulations and see they require that the fir eplace and chimney be "professionally inspected." So I think I misunderstoo d what the business managers were saying. Supposedly one of the business ma nagers is coordinating an inspection day (or a couple days) for all condos needing the inspection, with a particular contractor. But I needed this don e, due to time commitments in the next two months which make it harder for me to be at home any old time. I went to CraigsList, called a few of the ch imney sweepers, and found what I think was a really good one. Explained the design of my fireplace, how to build a fire in it, what to do before retir ing at night with smoldering ashes and so on. (I never had a fireplace in m y adult life before.) My chimney was so clear he commented on the whistling (from wind) the instant he opened the damper and said he saw shiny steel m etal at the liner. Only cost me $30 plus a generous tip, beating all the co mpetition by a lot. Had a nice business card and explained he'd been cleani ng chimney since he was a teenager.
At a HOA forum, a couple folks reported fires in chimneys at their HOAs rec ently. They said it's been awful for the owners and neighbors alike. So des pite the annoyance, sounds like it's a prudent plan for any home. As you al l likely know well.
As always, I appreciate the support as I find my way in the mysteries of ho me repairs and ownership.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com posted for all of us...

Thanks for letting us know the outcome. Now you sleep better and have control of your life.
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Thank you for your ideas, Gustav, Mr. Emann, Ed, Snuffy, Trader_4 and Tekki e.
I went to the HOA's Rules and Regulations and see they require that the fir eplace and chimney be "professionally inspected." So I think I misunderstoo d what the business managers were saying. Supposedly one of the business ma nagers is coordinating an inspection day (or a couple days) for all condos needing the inspection, with a particular contractor. But I needed this don e, due to time commitments in the next two months which make it harder for me to be at home any old time. I went to CraigsList, called a few of the ch imney sweepers, and found what I think was a really good one. He explained the design of my fireplace, how to build a fire in it, what to do before re tiring at night with smoldering ashes and so on. (I never had a fireplace i n my adult life before.) My chimney was so clear he commented on the whistl ing (from wind) the instant he opened the damper and said he saw shiny stee l metal at the liner. He had me look up there, too. It cost me only $30, an d I tipped him generously. He had a nice business card and explained he'd b een cleaning chimneys since he was a teenager.
At a HOA forum, a couple folks reported fires in chimneys at their HOAs rec ently. They said it's been awful for the owners and neighbors alike. So des pite the annoyance, sounds like it's a prudent plan for any home. As you al l likely know well.
As always, I appreciate the support as I find my way in the mysteries of ho me repairs and ownership.
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