If you are renovating the interior of your home, you may want to update the living room with a new fireplace. Today, inserts are the most practical solutions to add a new fireplace to your home. There are a lot of different styles to choose from for inserts and options like gas to make them easier to use. Before you can install a gas fireplace insert, though, there are some preparations that you will need to do. The following gas fireplace installation information will help you prepare for these features to complete your renovations:
Preparing the Existing Chimney Stack
The existing chimney stack may have problems that need to be addressed before you can begin the installation of a new fireplace insert. You need to remove the existing chimney flue pipe and damper to make room for the new fireplace insert installation. You might also want to inspect the interior of the chimney stack for any problems that need to be repaired.
Inspecting and Repairing the Chimney Exterior
The exterior of your chimney is another area of your fireplace that needs to be repaired before installing an insert. Often, problems with damage and leaks need to be addressed before a new fireplace can be installed. You may want to have the exterior of the chimney stack inspected to repair any issues before installing a new fireplace. This will ensure issues like leaks around the chimney don't cause problems with damage to the new insert that you have installed in your home.
Installing the New Chimney Flue Pipe and Cap
You also need to have a new flue pipe and chimney cap installed. These are specially designed exhaust vents that have to be installed with gas insert fireplaces. After the installation of the flue pipe and chimney cap, you may need to have it inspected before you can continue with your fireplace installation project. If you want to prevent problems with pests and damage, you can have a chimney cap with pest deterrent screens and features installed.
Installing Gas Lines and Installing the Fireplace Insert
In addition to the new flue pipe, inserts also need to have gas lines installed. If you have existing gas installations, they need to be inspected, and new lines need to be installed to the fireplace. After the gas lines have been installed and inspected, the fireplace insert can finally be installed. Today, you have choices like corner, double-sided, and conventional fireplace insert styles to have installed in your home.
The addition of a gas fireplace can be an attractive solution to complete your interior renovation project. Contact a company like Southwest Brick & Fireplace to learn more.