Chimney Cleanout Now inside House

I recently Inspected a home that had an enclosed porch. THe enclosed area is now part of the larger great room with the fireplace in the middle. THis makes the cleanout door and vent that was outside inside the home. I feel like this isnt ok but i was wondering if anyone else had seen this.

I would recommend a c.s.i.a. level II chimney inspection:

From Level II: " Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property" for safety.

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In our area cleanout doors for fireplaces are inside the home a good deal of the time - so unless your area is different its not an issue. The vent - assuming you are referring to the fresh air vent needs to come from the outside of the home so it should be extended to the outside.

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Thanks, yes its a fresh air vent.

Pictures would help.
Also, is this a wood-burning or gas fireplace.

I concur. 1952.

Many of the houses I inspect with wood fireplaces have the chimney on an inside wall. This makes the cleanout always inside the house (basement). In the 30s and 40s (and earlier) when fireplaces were considered auxiliary heat combustion air was obtained by cracking a window.

Bob really means “opening a window a small amount”, so you can stop recommending getting a hammer. :face_with_monocle: :rofl: :rofl:

Obviously, jk.