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The Importance of Creosote Removal

If you have a wood-burning appliance in your home, it’s essential to understand the importance of creosote removal. Creosote is highly flammable, and failing to remove a thick layer of creosote is a major hazard. Thousands of home fires occur at the beginning of every winter season when fires are lit but chimneys are clogged Read more...

Can Chimneys Get Repaired in the Winter?

Making chimney masonry repairs in wintry weather was once completely unheard of, but times have changed. Thanks to the progress made in creating masonry materials that can withstand temperatures below the former threshold of 40ºF, emergency chimney masonry repairs can be made in winter. The ideal time for masonry repairs is during the warmest months Read more...

Troubleshoot Fireplace Backdrafts/Downdrafts

Inside your home, the fireplace is often competing with central heating systems, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, and other fuel-burning appliances for oxygen continuously flowing in and out of the house. A disruption in the airflow or a sudden change in air pressure can create drafting issues, including backdrafts and downdrafts.  When a backdraft/downdraft occurs, smoke, Read more...

Winterize Your Chimney for Energy Efficiency

With winter just around the corner, millions of homeowners are getting ready to light their fireplaces for the first time in months. Unfortunately, most traditional masonry fireplaces are not very energy-efficient, losing up to 80 percent of the heat they generate. Whether the fire will keep your home warm and cozy or cool and drafty Read more...

Hire a Professional for Fireplace/Stove Installs

Fireplace and stove installation are extremely difficult tasks to get right, and that’s reason enough to hire a professional. When a modern, efficient solid-fuel heating system is installed incorrectly, the results can be disastrous. Major factors that require the expertise of a professional include ensuring a proper fit between the fireplace and chimney, installing necessary Read more...

Yearly Chimney Sweeps & Inspections Pay off

The old saying, “A stitch in time saves nine,” applies quite well to maintaining your chimney. Annual chimney sweep services and professional inspections are the best way to prevent serious and expensive problems in the future. Here’s how both services work. Chimney sweep Chimney sweeps who are certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America Read more...

Issues That Occur With A Faulty Chimney

Chimneys are prone to suffer damage for many reasons, and a faulty chimney can be both dangerous and expensive. No doubt, one of the reasons fire safety experts strongly recommend annual chimney inspections is to avoid fires and other risky situations commonly associated with chimneys. With regular maintenance, the following costly and/or expensive issues can Read more...

How to Tell if You Need a New Chimney

Do you know how to tell if you need a new chimney? That may seem like a strange question, especially if you are aware that these typically sturdy structures can last a century and more. But chimneys do sometimes need to be replaced, and that often has to do with problems involving a chimney’s number Read more...

Finding the Right Chimney Sweep

The chimney services industry is mostly unregulated, so homeowners shouldn’t trust their home’s safety to just any chimney sweep. When looking for a chimney sweep, you should choose a company that will work professionally and safely. Many individuals claim to be a chimney sweep but lack the experience, training, and industry certifications. This is why Read more...

The Purpose and Function of a Chimney Cap

When you look at the top of your chimney, you may notice a flue pipe in the center of the chimney. It’s where the smoke and fumes are expelled while the roaring fire in the fireplace is keeping your home toasty. However, just as smoke and fumes exit the flue, water, snow, and other debris Read more...