Fireplace Home Site Visit: Clearance, Fuel, Chimney

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basic areas that will be covered during a home inspection ahead of installing a new fireplace in your space. Site visits and inspections are common before installing a new fireplace, helping define the space and understand all its features – and knowing what to expect here can be helpful for many clients.

At Comfort Solutions Fireplace, we’re here to offer an unmatched selection of traditional fireplaces, modern fireplaces and custom fireplace options for clients around Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah. While part one of our series covered home size, room layout, ventilation needs and child/pet concerns, today’s part two will go over some other basic tips on the key areas covered during fireplace home inspection, plus what to think about as a client during this inspection.


While we went over room layout in part one of our series, one specific area that’s sometimes glossed over within this topic is clearances. During a fireplace home inspection, our pros will take measurements and ensure there’s proper clearance on all sides of the potential installation area for safety purposes. This includes both horizontal and vertical clearances.

This is important because without the proper clearance, a fireplace runs the risk of overheating and causing damage to nearby walls, furniture or other items. It’s not just about finding the right size for your fireplace – it’s also crucial that there’s enough space around it for safe operation.

Electric or Gas Supply

Another key area that will be covered during a fireplace home inspection is the electric or gas supply for the potential installation area. For electric fireplaces, our experts will ensure that there’s an existing outlet nearby and that it can handle the extra usage from a fireplace. For gas fireplaces, proper venting and connection to a gas line will be checked.

It’s important for clients to keep in mind any special considerations they may have for their preferred fuel type – if you’re looking at a gas fireplace, for instance, knowing the location of your gas line and whether it’s feasible to connect to this point will be important.

Chimney or Venting Needs

For clients considering a traditional wood-burning fireplace, one key area that will be covered during the home inspection is chimney or venting needs. Our experts will inspect existing chimneys or determine if a new one needs to be installed, as well as check for any potential obstructions or issues with air flow.

If you’re considering a gas fireplace, proper venting and ventilation will also be a crucial area of focus during the inspection. Our team at Comfort Solutions Fireplace will ensure that the venting is set up properly and safely for your chosen fireplace.

As a client, it’s important to be aware of any potential limitations or challenges with your preferred fireplace option. During a home inspection, our experts will also discuss any additional features you may want to consider, such as mantels or hearths, and how they may affect the installation process.

At Comfort Solutions Fireplace, we understand that every home and client has unique needs when it comes to fireplace installation. That’s why our team is dedicated to providing personalized solutions and top-quality service for all our clients. Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule a fireplace home inspection with one of our experts!

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