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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

Maintaining a Safe Fireplace Between Professional Cleanings

Many homeowners know the importance of having a professional chimney inspection and cleaning each year. Even though you have an annual chimney inspection and cleaning, there are still a few things you can do to maintain a safe fireplace between professional cleanings. Doing so will minimize health and safety risks and prolong the lifespan of... Read more

5 Common Chimney Repairs Homeowners Need During the Off-Season

Your chimney may look indestructible, but it will need repairs from time to time. Chimney problems do not get better over time. Ignoring chimney problems can also compromise the chimney’s integrity and increase the risk of fire and carbon monoxide exposure. Making timely repairs during the off-season prolongs its lifespan minimizing the need for more... Read more

What Technicians Are Looking for During a Chimney Inspection

You may have heard that all fire safety experts have one thing they agree on. They all think that annual chimney inspections are important for everyone who uses their chimney, even if infrequently. These experts include the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Guidelines for inspections are standardized,... Read more

Are Unwanted Visitors Living in Your Chimney?

To a nearby critter, climbing up your chimney is no different than climbing a tree.  Without a chimney cap and mesh screen to keep them out, small animals like birds, raccoons, squirrels, and even pests will crawl inside the flue. When one small animal moves into your chimney, it often attracts other visitors. It doesn’t take... Read more

Your Chimney’s Condition Is Too Important – Don’t Trust It To The Lowest Bidder

When choosing a chimney sweep, it’s not always wise to choose solely on price. Often, the lowest price isn’t always the best or safest option. Some inexperienced persons lack the training, experience, and certification of a certified chimney sweep. They may also be operating without insurance or a license. Do you want an inexperienced contractor... Read more

Spring is the Best Time for Masonry Repairs

New Jersey winters cause chimney damage across the state. During springtime, it’s important to take a look at your chimney exterior. Contact chimney professionals for masonry repair services if you see any cracked bricks, crumbling mortar, or other signs of masonry damage. Chimney masonry repair services may be needed, and spring is the best season... Read more

Is Your Chimney Adding to Your Heating Bill?

When lighting the fireplace to keep your family warm, you expect heating costs to go down. After all, a gas or wood-burning fireplace doesn’t use any electricity. However, some homeowners are finding that heating costs are rising as fast as the smoke going up the chimney. There are several plausible reasons that your chimney could... Read more

What Happens When You Go Too Long Without Cleaning Your Chimney

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that homeowners using liquid and fossil fuel heating appliances clean their chimney at least once per year. Unfortunately, not all homeowners take the advice seriously, putting them at an increased risk of a fire and exposure to carbon monoxide.  Fire Hazard Many homeowners are not aware that... Read more

Spalling Brickwork: Why it Happens and What You Can Do About It

Chimney masonry is highly vulnerable to moisture, and a serious problem that often results from moisture intrusion is spalling. Spalling means the surface of bricks break and pop off. By keeping up with annual chimney inspections, your chimney technician can spot warning signs and could help prevent spalling. The worst-case scenario is for spalling to... Read more