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How to Make Your Fireplace More Energy Efficient

Do ever wonder why there is still a chill in the air even though you have a roaring fire? That’s because a masonry wood-burning fireplace works more like an incinerator than a heater. As the chimney draws the cold air into the fireplace, soot, smoke and other contaminants are vented through the chimney along with Read more...

How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold Season

As the start of a new season of cold weather arrives, the first thought for using your fireplace should be: Safety. No matter how anxious you may be to enjoy the charming ambiance or get energy-saving benefits started (if you have a fireplace insert), it is essential to do some fireplace prep. The following are Read more...

Why Fireplace & Stove Maintenance Are Essential

Let’s start off with this fact: The majority of all chimney fires – and a large number of house fires, in general – could be prevented if the homeowners arranged for regular fireplace and stove maintenance. Wood-burning heating units, more so than gas, need to be inspected and professionally cleaned on an annual basis. Chimney Read more...

How to Fix a Smoking Fireplace

A common complaint homeowners have about their fireplace is that the smoke doesn’t go up the chimney the way it’s supposed to. Instead, the smoke goes into the home. Chimney professionals are the ones who know how to fix a smoking fireplace, though there are various causes of the problem. It can take some troubleshooting Read more...

Creosote and the Types of Damage it Can Cause

Chimney creosote is a tar-like substance that causes damage to your chimney venting system and increases potential hazards associated with burning firewood in your fireplace. Some creosote is deposited inside your chimney lining each time you burn a wood fire. It is highly flammable and increases the risk of dangerous chimney fires and out-of-control home Read more...

Have a Fireplace? Reduce the Risk of Accidental Fire

It’s not something that homeowners want to think about when they’re kicking back and enjoying the warmth of a blazing fire. But accidental fires in the chimney can and do happen. Nationwide, fire departments respond to more than 50,000 house fires each year involving fireplaces, stoves and other heating appliances resulting in injuries, deaths and Read more...

Home Fire Safety and Prevention Tips

At Chimney Saver Solutions, our number one priority is to ensure that our customers can safely enjoy the use of their fireplaces, stoves, and chimneys. Here in Richmond VA and the surrounding area, homeowners are gearing up to use their heating appliances for fall and winter. This is the perfect time to review home fire Read more...

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...