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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

The Effects Chimney Fires Have On Your Chimney

Chimney fires are common occurrences and, though they may go unnoticed, they can be highly destructive. A poll was recently conducted by a chimney safety council, and the results were staggering. Busy chimney sweeps typically see one-to-two fire-damaged chimneys on a daily basis. The results of the poll indicated that in a single metropolitan area,... Read more

About Your Chimney Flashing and What Can Go Wrong

Chimney flashing is a metal fitting installed where the chimney meets the roofline. It creates a watertight seal to prevent water leaks. Most flashing is a metal material like copper, steel, or aluminum, but PVC and even lead has been used for flashing. Homeowners don’t often realize there is a flashing problem until they notice... Read more