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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

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

Do You Have These 7 Common Chimney Problems

Back in 1736, Benjamin Franklin coined the catchy phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” to promote fire prevention. That statement rings true today and is why we encourage annual chimney inspections and cleanings to every homeowner in Princeton, NJ, and surrounding communities. In fact, fire prevention is the number one... Read more

Can I prevent creosote buildup?

As homeowners in Mercer County are getting ready to light the fireplace for the winter season, many are unaware of a hidden danger. It’s called creosote. Creosote is a natural substance created during the combustion of wood and other fuels. The problem with creosote is that it continues to buildup layer upon layer with every... Read more

The Importance of Maintaining Masonry Chimneys

When it comes to chimney and fireplace maintenance, special considerations should be made for those made of masonry materials. The winters in New Jersey can be pretty frigid; therefore, you need a chimney that you can trust is functional and safe. Not only can you risk your family’s comfort, but your health can be at... Read more

Keep Your Fireplace Clean & Safe

There is nothing better than a fireplace to keep warm during the cold New Jersey winter nights. However, before you light up the fireplace, make sure that it is clean and safe to use. Some of the essential chimney and fireplace maintenance comes between the times that a professional chimney sweep visits your home. There... Read more

Dangers of Neglecting Chimney Maintenance

Before you know it, it will be time to light up your fireplace. Since the winters in New Jersey are long and harsh, it is crucial to have a functional fireplace and chimney. The maintenance of a functioning chimney is equally important. By ignoring your maintenance, you may put your safety at risk and set... Read more

Does Every Chimney Need To Have a Chimney Cap?

As a homeowner, you’re probably not very concerned about your chimney on a daily basis. However, the health of your chimney has a lot of bearing on the overall comfort and safety of your home. And at the very top of your chimney sits an imperative piece of the puzzle: the chimney cap. But, does... Read more

Potential Chimney Problems From Bad Weather

Your chimney is one of the highest points of your home and can be susceptible to increased wear and tear. Especially when severe storms come, it is important to remember to check your chimney for potential damage. High winds, heavy rain, and/or lightning can cause many different issues and damage to your chimney. Performing a... Read more

The Top 3 Risks of Neglecting Chimney Maintenance

A chimney may look like a sturdy tower adorning the roof of your home, but risks to home and family result from lack of chimney maintenance. The proof of widespread chimney neglect is best identified by observing the number of house fires it causes every year, which is in the thousands. Chimneys, as indestructible as... Read more