"Cozy Family Room with Gas Fireplace" ... maybe a little too cozy

Home Inspector with National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC

This four year old South Jersey home was advertised as having a cozy family room with a natural gas fireplace.  After completing my home inspection, I believe this fireplace was a little too cozy.  No evidence of problems was observed in the family room.  However, the exterior of the melted sidingfireplace showed melted vinyl siding. 

As the fireplace was positioned at the rear of the house which faced north, I ruled out any sun reflection and concluded that an installation defect was likely.  As similar to other fuel burning equipment, the manufacturer provides detailed instructions regarding safe clearances to combustible materials and proper vent installation which can include insulating the vent.  

The next step would be to open the exterior wall or fireplace for evaluation and to determine the repair remedy.  In the interim, I strongly advised the buyer not to use the fireplace.  

With cool weather making a return, maybe the seller will provide credit for a Snuggie to simulate that cozy feeling in the family room. 

Glen Fisher                                                                                                                   

"The South Jersey Home Inspector"     

Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Best wishes for lots of fun and food with family and friends today. Hope Santa brought you some cool toys, too!


Happy Holidays!

Dec 25, 2010 03:08 AM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Now there's an idea "maybe the seller will provide credit for a Snuggie to simulate that cozy feeling in the family room."

Outside the box thinking...


Jan 14, 2011 12:46 AM
Jay Lloyd
Cape Coral Florida - Cape Coral, FL
Allpro Home Inspection

Hi Glen, boy, that must be one heck of a leak to heat up and melt the siding, and this is not an easy fix. Matching that siding will be next to impossible. Did the Buyer end up buying the house?  jay

Jul 02, 2011 04:35 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Is that gas, or is it the dog?   My gosh your dog can light it up. 

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