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When Should I Schedule a Chimney Inspection?

A chimney inspection should be scheduled every year, and the best time is in summer. At least two leading fire safety organizations strongly recommend that homeowners have their chimneys inspected every year. Those organizations are the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Ask any professional chimney sweep company, and they will tell you that there are clear benefits Read more...

Are Climbing Vines Harmful to My Chimney?

Vines that cover walls can be visually stunning, but are they harmful to chimneys? In most cases, yes, chimneys can be seriously damaged by vines. An exception might be twining vines because rather than clinging to walls, they cling to wires or cords. If you have vines on your chimney that cling to the masonry, the risk of your chimney being damaged is greatly increased. What Read more...

Is a Chimney Inspection Required during a Home Inspection?

Anytime a home with a chimney venting system is bought or sold, a chimney inspection is a must. Many people make the mistake of assuming that the chimney is inspected during the required comprehensive home inspection. In reality, home inspectors don’t include the all-important professional chimney check-up. Why is a Chimney Inspection Important in a Home Sale or Purchase? If a professional chimney technician does not Read more...

Summer Chimney Problems to be on the Lookout For

In summer as much as in winter, chimneys should not be ignored because a lot can go wrong. Chimneys are highly vulnerable to moisture, and many other potential problems can occur. Some issues tend to occur in summer. In reality, though, the most common chimney problems may need the attention of a certified chimney sweep during any season of the year. Common Chimney Problems in Summer Read more...

Is Your Fireplace Increasing Your Summer Cooling Costs?

During the hot summer months, most people don’t think much about their fireplaces.  They may clean them out and add some interesting pieces of art or pretty lighting inside the firebox as a decorative accent, but no fires are burning, so it’s basically out of sight, out of mind.  What a lot of people don’t Read more...

What Technicians Look for During a Chimney Inspection

Your chimney serves a very important function in ventilating smoke, soot and toxic fumes from your fireplace. And having it inspected annually not only ensures your fireplace is safe for use, but also helps spot minor problems before they grow to become expensive repairs or more importantly, a fire safety hazard. Our chimney technicians cover Read more...

What Causes Chimneys to have Structural Damage?

Chimneys may appear to be solid architectural elements that will stand the test of time, but they are actually highly susceptible to structural damage without regular maintenance. Vulnerability can begin with construction, making it essential to have a chimney built by experienced experts familiar with proper chimney construction. Next, continuous exposure to the elements can Read more...

5 Ominous Things that Lurk Inside Chimneys

Experts on fire safety say regular chimney cleaning is important, but many people have their doubts. If the fireplace looks tidy and the chimney exterior still looks sturdy, maybe it’s hard to imagine anything sinister going on inside the narrow chimney passage. But in reality, ominous substances are commonly found in chimneys; and each can Read more...

Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget Your Chimney

Spring is the perfect time to ensure your chimney is properly swept and cleaned, so it’s ready when colder weather arrives again. It may not be the most exciting way to spend some of your free time in the beautiful spring weather, but it is important, and you will be glad you did. The Convenience Read more...

4 Ways to Improve Chimney and Home Energy Efficiency

A chimney not in use can significantly reduce home energy efficiency. Homeowners interested in cutting energy costs do well to give attention to their chimneys. If a traditional fireplace is not sealed off properly, it can be the reason a significant amount of warmed air from the home escapes through the chimney in winter. An inefficient chimney system can be like leaving a Read more...