I purchased a home inspection of a house in Georgia. The inspector claimed he ENTERED ALL the attic, but if he had merely peeked in he would have seen a LOT of badly charred/burned wood, some of which abutted the masonry chimney. HE DID NOT MENTION THE FIRE DAMAGE IN THE INSPECTION report. (Turns out the chimney had been rebuilt after a 2001 fire, but without any permits. THere are numerous code violations and it is unsafe.)
If the attic was entered, this condition should have been mentioned. Hopefully you do have some pictures taken from the scuttle entrance to support this. If what you say is true (and I have no reason to doubt you) you may have recourse.
It should also have been disclosed by the seller and the sellers agent. While the seller may have moved away, the agent is still in town. You need to contact her and find out why it was not disclosed. I dont know all the laws in Georgia, but I do know that if there is knowledge of a fire, it must be disclosed in most states.
- Should a NACHI inspector report evidence of fire damage? (The inspection company told me that they didn’t have to tell me of the fire damage because NACHI standards do not require it.)
I know of no where in our SOP where it states that we are not required to report fire damage. Perhaps some of my fellow members can enlighten me on this.
- Should a NACHI inspector report combustible materials touching a masonry chimney?
From our SOP:
Thre will be some questions here as to the liner in the attic, because it is not specifically mentioned, but it is an other permanetly installed component.
2.8. FireplaceI. The inspector shall inspect:[INDENT]B. Hearth extensions **and other permanently installed components. **
C. And report as in need of repair deficiencies in the lintel, hearth and material surrounding the fireplace, including clearance from combustible materials
I am also curious - did this inspector request a level II inspection of the chimney?