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Why Gas Fireplaces Need Servicing

If you’ve ever been in the market for a home fireplace, you are probably aware that there are two styles from which to choose. One is wood burning. The other is gas.  Many opt for the gas fireplace because it is perceived to be cleaner than the alternative and it can be turned on instantly.... Read more

Is a Damper and a Flue the Same Thing?

Sometimes the flue and damper are used interchangeably, but they are actually two different but vital components necessary for a safe and efficient fireplace. It is recommended that you schedule an annual chimney inspection which includes checking the flue and damper for signs of wear and damage to ensure your fireplace and chimney remain safe... Read more

The Pros Guide to a Leaky Chimney

A leaky chimney can occur at any time and is often a sign of a potential problem. With so many possible entry points, it can be challenging to pinpoint the source of the leak. Time is of the essence when diagnosing and repairing chimney leaks to prevent extensive water damage. We’ll explore the five common... Read more

Fireplace Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

It is important to address fireplace safety rather than simply looking forward to staying cozy by the fire in winter. Risks are associated with the open flames in fireplaces and wood stoves. To avoid disaster, follow basics in fire safety, such as the fireplace safety tips that follow and that everyone should know. Tips on... Read more

Do I REALLY Need a Chimney Cleaning?

When it comes to chimney sweeping, many homeowners wonder if it is really necessary. Since there is no smoke or fire, everything must be working fine. Right? Not necessarily. Creosote build-up is the number one cause of house fires. It is also entirely preventable. Also, a chimney fire is not always noticeable. Many homeowners are... Read more

Winter Chimney Odor Issues

While burning wood in the fireplace on a chilly day, you are probably expecting to relax to the warm, soothing, and pleasant aroma of oak, chestnut, pine, or other favorite wood. Instead, a strange and unpleasant odor fills the room that worsens as the wood continues to burn and you’re wondering where it’s coming from.... Read more

Can Chimneys Get Repaired in the Winter?

Although not the best time of year, we can perform chimney repairs in the winter. The biggest obstacle, however, may be getting to your location as fast as you would like. Winter is the busiest time of year for chimney technicians. The higher call volume combined with the slick and snowy roads common in winter... Read more

Do Chimney Cleaning Logs Really Work?

Wood-burning fires create a wonderful ambiance, but the creosote they produce has many people wondering if chimney cleaning logs work. Creosote is highly flammable, and it creates more buildup in the flue with every log burned in the fireplace. The danger of creosote together with the frequency of chimney cleaning that might be needed motivates... Read more

Don’t Trust the Safety of Your Home to Just Any Chimney Sweep

When hiring a chimney sweep, it is vital to find a professional who will do the job correctly the first time. That’s why you shouldn’t trust the safety of your home to just any chimney sweep. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends homeowners ask the right questions before letting someone clean, inspect, or... Read more

How to Tell if You Need a New Chimney

Just like any other structure, a masonry chimney requires routine maintenance and cleanings to prolong its useful life. Otherwise creosote, masonry cracks, water leaks, and other issues can slowly compromise its structural integrity making it unsafe to use your fireplace. The following are five signs that you may need a new chimney. Masonry Damage Extensive... Read more