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Avoid Summer Chimney Smells

Have you noticed that your chimney starts to smell a little funky during the summer months? You’re not alone – this is a very common problem that many homeowners deal with as the temperature rises. There are a variety of different things that can cause your chimney to have an odor. Here’s why your chimney... Read more

Common Masonry Repairs in the Summer

You probably think of swimming, Fourth of July fireworks, and family vacations when you think of summer. Your masonry chimney is perhaps the last thing you would think of when considering summer, but you should. Why? Summer is the time when you aren’t using your fireplace, which makes it ideal for inspections and repairs. Here... Read more

How To Hire The Right Chimney Sweep

Many people think chimney sweeps are a long-forgotten relic of bygone days, but nothing could be further from the truth. Chimney sweeps are thriving and in need more than ever because people want to properly maintain their fireplaces and chimneys to operate efficiently and safely. However, hiring a chimney sweep is like hiring any other... Read more

Why is Water Coming Through My Chimney?

Water entering your chimney isn’t just messy; it can cause significant damage leading to poor chimney performance and other issues. This article looks at why water enters the chimney, what kind of damage it can cause, and what you can do to protect yourself. Why Does My Chimney Leak? During heavy rain and snow, it’s... Read more

What You Need To Know About Chimney Repairs

Many people who own a fireplace become lax when it comes to chimney repairs, which puts them in danger of paying for expensive chimney repairs down the road. Constant exposure to the elements and heavy usage during the winter cause wear and tear, leading to the loss of the chimney’s structural integrity and putting you... Read more

How Freeze & Thaw Cycles Damage Your Chimney

We’re all familiar with how extreme winter conditions can get here in areas around New Jersey and the havoc it can wreak. Try avoiding all of those potholes on the roads once spring arrives, and you know what we’re talking about. And with extreme temperatures and precipitation, chimney damage – like a leaky chimney –... Read more

What Causes Chimney Leaning?

Some people think a leaning chimney gives the house character, but if your chimney tilts — even a little — it’s a dangerous situation. You must repair it immediately. There are many reasons a chimney might lean, in this blog post, we’ll look at the most common, why it’s so dangerous, and what you can... Read more

Five Fireplace Problems That Affect Performance

Fireplaces bring warmth, enjoyment, and ambiance to your home. However, some issues make using them such a bad experience; it’s easy to say, “The heck with it!” and use the furnace instead. Here are some common issues that affect performance and what you can do about it. Chimney Obstructions Many things cause chimney blockage, but... Read more

Should I Worry About Creosote Buildup?

If you’ve relied heavily on your fireplace a lot the past few winters, you might notice that it’s getting more difficult to use every year. Whether it’s the fire that’s not burning as hot as it used to, smoke coming back into the house or foul odors in the living room, it could be creosote... Read more

Your Chimney’s Protective Components & Their Function

A fireplace provides a warm centerpiece in your home that makes get-togethers more enjoyable. While many homeowners are diligent about maintaining their fireplaces, they often neglect the chimney. Damage and lack of maintenance are leading causes of chimney fires. The chimney consists of protective parts to keep your family and home safe. Becoming familiar with... Read more