Fireplace removal and installation can prove to be a bit of a challenge for some homeowners. In many cases, the homeowners have no idea what they are doing when it comes to removing their chimney because it’s not something they ever actually think about during their everyday life. However, it is important that homeowners understand the process of removing a fireplace, or should at least be aware of how to go about it. If a homeowner is going to try and remove a fireplace on their own, there are a few things that they will need to keep in mind. If they follow these steps, then they will find that removing and installing a chimney is not nearly as difficult as they once thought.
How to Do Fireplace Removal and Installation
The first thing that homeowners will need to do before they even start to remove the chimney is to ensure that they have safely removed all of the items from the area surrounding the fireplace that remain attached to the structure. In most cases, this means that homeowners need to have safely removed all items from the area around the flue, including any ropes or curtains that were dangled above the flue. Removing the flue is extremely important because it will be the place where smoke will start to fill the room and make it difficult to breathe for those who are still inside the home. When removing the flue from the fireplace, it is important for homeowners to wear protective clothing such as rubber gloves and a mask, as the smoke that is present can easily get into the lungs and result in illness.
Once the chimney is removed from the fireplace, the next step of fireplace removal and installing fireplaces is to completely empty out the space where the fireplace was attached to. In most cases, this area will need to be filled with wood or similar material in order to prevent smoke from filling the space again. Before adding any materials to the space, homeowners will also want to make sure that they have removed all of the things from the room that might be causing damage if they are moved again. This includes cleaning rugs and another flooring in the space and removing small stuffed animals from the chimney. After all of the materials are removed, replacing any materials, and cleaning everything, homeowners can be able to install their new fireplaces.