Logo
Home

Home

Hiring a Chimney Sweep for an Inspection

One of the most overlooked components of a home is one of the most significant: the chimney. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that since they only use the fireplace a few times per year that the chimney doesn’t need an annual inspection. This is simply not true. The primary function of a chimney is to expel Read more...

New Stove, Insert, Fireplace Deals in Summer

When the weather is warm the deals are hot on new stoves, inserts, and fireplaces, including stylish new linear fireplaces. The tendency is for homeowners to put off preparation for winter until summer’s end, when things start picking up for the hearth industry. Spring and summer are the ideal times to get the best deals Read more...

Expert Tips for Maintaining the Beauty & Elegance of Your Natural Stone Fireplace

Few materials look as lovely when surrounding a fireplace as natural stone like granite, fieldstone, limestone and marble. There’s just something rustic and hardy about this material, yet the sense of elegance is unmistakable. The only problem with stone is that it tends to become sooty and gritty over time. Here are some expert tips to keep your natural stone fireplace looking great inside and out. Read more...

4 Benefits of Glass Fireplace Doors

Many homeowners are updating their fireplace with aesthetically pleasing glass doors. While a mesh screen or an open fireplace may make you feel closer to the action, they are neither safe nor efficient. They increase fuel consumption and increase the risk of fire or smoke damage. A blazing fireplace is like a brick oven with Read more...

Determine the Cause of Chimney Discoloration

Other than disturbing your home’s curb appeal, chimney discoloration may seem harmless, but it’s a clear sign of a chimney problem. For homeowners, chimney staining is one of the few ways to pinpoint a chimney issue before an expert discovers it during a chimney inspection. The following information could help you figure out what may Read more...

Why You Should Have Your Chimney Relined

Chimneys tend to be one of the most overlooked aspects of home maintenance. There are a number of components inside a chimney system that can have issues, making it too important to be ignored. The liner of a chimney is a necessary for a safe and efficient fireplace. Fire safety experts stress that a fireplace or wood stove should not be used until a damaged chimney Read more...

Fireplace Spring-Cleaning Checklist 

The bright, mesmerizing flames and crackling wood in the fireplace make us feel warm and comfortable on those cold, dreary days. But behind those picturesque flames are several unwanted contaminants including smoke, soot, and creosote. While much of the fumes vent through the chimney, some of it clings to the liner and walls inside the flue. Regularly cleaning the chimney is necessary to increase fireplace efficiency and Read more...

Insurance Claims for Chimney Leak Damage

It’s natural to check your homeowner’s insurance coverage when expensive chimney repairs are needed, to see whether chimney damage is covered in the policy. Typically, chimneys aren’t specifically dealt with as part of a homeowner’s policy. Instead, policies describe applicable damages to the entire house, including but not limited to the chimney. A general way Read more...

How to Detect Chimney Leaks

Relaxing by a warm fire is one of winter’s great pleasures; but even when a fireplace is operating just as it should, there could be an undetected chimney leak. Moisture gets into chimney systems in various ways, causing damage to the chimney structure and also possibly in a home’s interior. Water stains on walls and ceilings near the chimney are usually caused by a chimney leak. Read more...

Importance of Chimney Flashing

Many homeowners underestimate the importance of chimney flashing. The chimney is a masonry structure built from the home’s foundation that extends above the roof line. Since moisture is the number cause of premature chimney deterioration, its performance and structural integrity require it to remain water-tight. What is Chimney Flashing? The chimney flashing is a thin metal sheet that securely fastens around the seams of the chimney with Read more...