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The Inside Of Your Gas Fireplace Should Never Be Wet!

One of our Active Rain Friends, raised a very important part for your personal, home and fireplace safety regarding possible signs of moisture penetration from your gas fireplace chimney.

Thanks Jay for the excellent tips as usual.

Before I turn it on, I always look inside the glass front of a gas fireplace and the inside of your gas fireplace should never be wet!

Outside the house, a gas fireplace chimney flue should look something like this.

It would be metal, protrude from the siding, and not melt the siding around it.

It is connected directly to the fireplace flue.

Which is connected directly to the fireplace box!

It is a complete unit.  Typically the framing around it is wood, so the unit has to be tight, situated properly and there should be no way for heat to escape.

Similarly there should be no way for water to get in.

Looking inside this fireplace unit, behind and above the ceramic logs, clearly there is rust, staining and even peeling paint.

This leaking has been happening for a while!

When I pointed it out, my clients had a problem with this.

Their previous house had a similar problem!

Water had gotten through or around the fireplace flue and box and into the wood-framed cavity itself. 

Mold began to develop unseen inside that cavity, and then made its way into the walls beside the fireplace.  They had a particular sensitivity, were not feeling well, and when it developed outside had to remediate the mold.  It was not cheap.

And here in this house they are considering buying, they run into the same problem!  A fireplace that is obviously leaking!  This find was the one thing that would have rubbed them quite the wrong way!

I have to say, I seldom see such staining or rust inside a fireplace.  In fact, I said to them, I could not remember the last time I had.  But I always check.

My recommendation:  never assume that things are performing as they are supposed to.  It pays to check.  Sometimes the seldom seen is!  Sometimes the never-before seen is!  It might just be the big elephant in the room.



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560




Peter Pfann,

CPCA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, IMSD, Master ASA, C-CREC, Associate Broker.

Text or Talk To Peter @: (1) 250 - 213 - 9490

Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, BC, Canada, @ Fair  Realty Since 1986.

Regional office: 1540 Fort St Victoria, BC V8S 5J2



I thought this was a good post too - very important and informative for those of us who sell real estate. Hope you have a great weekend Peter. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

HI Debb,

TThanks for the feedback, I like sharing valuable information that is applicable to our readers from time to time and Jay is an excellent source.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC over 6 years ago

hey there, havent seen your post on AR in along time.  Just checking up on the blogs I follow to see if you are still around.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) about 4 years ago

i am just cleaning up my subscribed blogs list and dont want to delete anyone accidentally who is just temporarily inactive, so just shoot me a message and I wont delete you.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) about 4 years ago