Installing A Fireplace Yourself? 4 Mistakes You'll Want To Make Sure To Avoid

8 September 2015
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If you've decided to install a fireplace wall unit yourself, then it can be helpful to know a few of the installation mistakes that are potentially dangerous and common. Here are four of them:

1. Problems with the Firewall Wall Unit Size.

Fireplace wall units come as pre-fabricated pieces that simply need to be installed into the wall. However, because of this, you need to make certain that you choose the right size. If something happens and you get one that is too small, you can usually work around it. You can add stone around the outside edges of the fireplace insert to make it look like it fits well. However, if it is too large, then you are going to have to return it and find a new one of the appropriate size unless you plan on demolishing more of the wall. 

2. Failing to Disconnect or Reconnect the Electric or Gas Properly.

If you've chosen to deal with a fireplace that doesn't use wood and uses electricity or gas, then you must make sure that the appropriate energy source is properly disconnected and disabled before you begin installing the unit. Otherwise, you are putting yourself, anyone around you and the entire home at risk of injury and damage. Plus, the fireplace may not work correctly. Therefore, to ensure that it is done properly, you may want to consider hiring a professional to disconnect (and later reconnect) the electricity or gas.

3. Leaving Behind Air Spaces Around the Unit.

When you install the fireplace wall unit, you must make sure that the unit is attached to all surrounding walls. If it is not properly secured and does not fit in the space that you have designated for the unit snugly, then you could end up with a fire hazard and smoke damage. This is one of the reasons why it must be ensured that the unit is not too large or too small for the space.

4. Installing the Unit in a Non-Functioning Fireplace.

In modern homes, fireplaces are often built as a décor piece. This means that they have not been properly designed or insulated to be used as a real fireplace. Therefore, you will want to make sure that the fireplace has proper exhaust and ventilation capacity so as to avoid smoke damage and inhalation in the home.  

If a fireplace is not installed properly, it will not work efficiently and it could pose a serious danger to yourself, your family and the home itself. For assistance with installation as well as repairs, contact a professional contractor, such as Chimney Repair from Top Hat Chimney Sweeps and Repair, who specializes in fireplaces and chimneys in your area.