Fireplace Home Inspection: Layout, Venting, Kids or Pets

fireplace home inspection layout

There are several steps that may be involved in the process of having a new fireplace installed in your home, and one that’s often quite valuable for clients and installers alike is a home inspection. During a basic site visit, fireplace installation professionals will take a look at a number of basic features and proportions that may play a role in your installation – this is often a very important visit.

At Comfort Solutions Fireplace, we’re happy to offer a wide range of quality fireplace options to clients around Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah, including gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces and more. This two-part blog series will go over all the important areas that will be covered during a pre-installation fireplace home inspection, plus what to think about during it.

Home Size and Room Layout

One of the first things that will be considered during a home inspection is the size and layout of your space. Fireplaces can come in many sizes, so it’s important to properly measure the room or area where the fireplace is being installed – length, width, and height.

Not only this, but professionals will be looking for some other basics on your home itself. They may ask about the age of the home, what kind of walls or floors are surrounding the desired fireplace area, and if there’s enough room to securely install your chosen model. Be sure to provide accurate information – this is key for a safe and successful fireplace installation.

Ventilation Requirements

Another important area that will be inspected is your home’s ventilation system, including heat vents, air ducts and chimneys. Fireplaces require proper ventilation to ensure that combustion gases from the fire don’t enter your living space, so it’s important to have the right system in place before the installation begins.

If you don’t already have a chimney or other ventilation, this will need to be installed and checked for proper operation prior to your fireplace being put into use. Additionally, if you plan on using gas as your fuel source, safety mechanisms like carbon monoxide detectors will need to be looked at during the inspection.

Children or Pets Present

While this isn’t typically a primary factor in a pre-installation home inspection, it’s always important to consider the safety of any children or animals in your space. If you have anyone under the age of 18 living at home, fireplace guards and other safety measures may need to be discussed to ensure that everyone is kept safe while using the fireplace.

Ultimately, a home inspection is important to make sure that everything is up to code and safe prior to fireplace installation. In part two of this blog series, we’ll cover some other basic expectations for these appointments.

If you’re in need of a new fireplace for your home or business, feel free to reach out and contact Comfort Solutions Fireplace today! We offer quality installation services from experienced professionals who can help make sure that your project is done right.

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