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Reasons to Waterproof Your Chimney

Water is a chimney’s number one enemy. If you don’t stay up to date on maintenance and inspections, water damage gets out of control and can lead to brick spalling, failing mortar joints, chimney leaning, or complete collapse. This post looks at the types of damage water does to a chimney, the benefits of waterproofing,... Read more

Don’t Forget to Schedule Your Chimney Cleaning

Summer is around the corner, and that means vacations, relaxing, having fun outdoors, etc. However, it’s also a time to take care of necessary home improvement and maintenance. While winter is the last thing on your mind now, it will be here before you know it, so it’s wise to schedule chimney cleaning now instead... Read more

The Best Time to Schedule Chimney Repairs

Like other parts of your house, the chimney undergoes significant wear and tear from high temperatures and weather. Over time, minor issues like cracks and deteriorating mortar joints can lead to major headaches, like water damage and fire safety issues. Routine maintenance and upkeep are essential to prolonging your chimney’s lifespan, ensuring the system runs... Read more

When’s the Best Time to Schedule Chimney Cleaning?

You know you have to clean your chimney. But is one time of the year better than the rest, and how often should you do it? Read on to find the answers. When is the Best Time of Year to Clean My Chimney? The best time to clean your chimney is before winter arrives, and... Read more

Fix Your Leaky Chimney Now

Chimney leaks are a common problem, but they’re more dangerous than people realize. Let’s look at why chimney leaks are dangerous, what causes them, how to spot them, and when is the best time to repair them. Why Chimney Leaks Are Dangerous Many people think masonry chimneys are impervious to weather, but that’s not true.... Read more

5 Tips to Child Proof Your Fireplace

While winter may seem like a long way off, now is an excellent time to get your fireplace and chimney ready so you have one less thing to worry about when cold weather arrives. If you have a toddler or young children, it’s essential that you make your fireplace as child and baby-proof as possible,... Read more

Should You Mount Your TV Over Your Fireplace?

At Mercer County Chimney Services, we get asked many questions about fireplace and chimney maintenance and safety. However, one question that comes up more and more often is whether it’s safe to mount your TV over your wood burning or gas fireplace or insert. In this article, we look at the pros and cons of... Read more

Can You Remove a Chimney Breast Wall?

The chimney breast wall may not be a familiar term, but it’s easily recognizable as the “case” that encompasses the chimney that juts out from the wall, typically on the house’s ground floor. Most breast walls are made from bricks, stones, or concrete, and they’re responsible for ensuring proper ventilation of toxic gases and smoke... Read more

Should I Replace My Chimney Liner If I Replace My Furnace?

The chimney liner is a crucial component of your fireplace/chimney system. It contains the fire’s combustion byproducts and protects your home’s masonry materials and flammable structures. If you’ve upgraded your furnace, you may wonder if the current liner is sufficient or if you should replace it even if it’s in good condition. The short answer... Read more

Why You Should Upgrade Your Fireplace Instead of Replacing It

Is your fireplace old, inefficient, and tired-looking? If so, you’ve probably considered replacing it, but we’re here to tell you to hold that thought because there are good reasons to consider upgrading it instead. Here are some reasons to upgrade your fireplace instead of replacing it: It’s Cheaper to Upgrade The cost of everything is... Read more