Opening Up and Reinstating a Fireplace

If you have recently bought a home that has had the fireplace closed off, you could be wondering whether it is possible to reinstate it. After all, they can be a real asset to an old home. Here at Pearson Sweep, we believe that it is possible to open up an old fireplace and chimney with the correct materials and expertise. Read on as we go over everything you need to know…

Permissions

As long as you own the property and it isn’t listed by the government, you shouldn’t have many problems with obtaining permission for reinstating an old fireplace. With this said, there could be a risk of toxic fumes so the job will need to comply with government building regulations.

Opening Up

Opening up a fireplace and chimney is a messy job so it is important that you cover all the surfaces in order to ensure that you don’t damage your property. In order to safely remove the brickwork that was used to cover the fireplace, you will likely need to get your hands on a club hammer. Before you start the demolition, however you should ensure that you have somewhere to dispose of the debris and some masks to cover your mouth and nose during the process.

Chimney Sweeping

After you have unearthed the old fireplace, it is important that you clear away the debris so that the flue can be swept by a certified chimney sweep. After all, it is very likely that soot will have sat around for a very long time and there is a risk of a chimney fire if you choose to ignore this. The experts recommend that you have your chimney swept on an annual basis and there is no better time to do it than during a fireplace reinstallation.

When you are opening up an old fireplace, it is important to ensure that you follow the correct safety procures before you start lighting any fires. After all, most closed off fireplaces haven’t been used for many years which means that they will require a little bit of the TLC and the chimney will more often than not need sweeping. Luckily, the Pearson Sweep team are always on hand! After this, you can get to work designing your new chimney so it completements your interior décor. If you have just reinstated an old fireplace, get in contact with the best chimney sweep in Manchester today and help us put safety first!

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