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Property managers have a lot on their plates. One of the many responsibilities in the complex job of property managers is the management of routine property maintenance and repairs.
Keeping every units fireplace in working condition and operating safely is a big responsibility that can be a part of a lot of condominium complexes in Colorado.
Add us to your list of reliable contractors that you can depend on for the routine items or emergency fixes related to chimney and fireplace concerns.
Property Managers | Annual Inspections?
The answer is really more about inspecting chimneys. Annual inspections can detect the need for a chimney to be swept or not.
Trustworthy certified chimney technicians will provide inspection reports that will clear chimneys that do not need to be clean and save HOA funds by not cleaning chimneys that do not need to be swept.
The National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA) 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.
Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” This is the national safety standard and is the correct way to approach the preventative maintenance of the properties you manage.
Even if the fireplaces may not be used regularly animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe if it was to use.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that “open masonry fireplaces should be swept at 1/8″ of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system.
This is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home.
Factory-built fireplaces should be swept when any appreciable buildup occurs. The logic is that the deposit is quite acidic and can shorten the life of the fireplace.”
Chimney Inspections are an Important Part of Preventive and Ongoing Maintenance
Rental properties with fireplaces and chimneys require a vigilant need for upkeep, a reliable professional chimney company and annual budgeting to keep fireplaces safe to use.
Part of your success as property managers depends on your ability to balance the costs of routine and preventive maintenance with the benefits and desired results.
Regular and proper chimney inspections can help prevent more expensive repairs or catastrophic events like structure fires.
You can rely on Rocky Mountain Chimney Solutions for routine inspections and cleanings. Even more important is our responsiveness to chimney repairs that may be more urgent or of an emergency nature.
Contact us for a chimney maintenance consultation.