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5 Reasons Why You’ll Need a Chimney Inspection This Spring

In the Midwest, spring cleaning is mostly associated with yard work, decluttering storage spaces, and garage sales. We think that it’s time to add a chimney inspection to every spring cleaning “to-do” list. It is significantly more beneficial to have a chimney inspection in the spring even though many look into the cost of a […]

Prevent Creosote Buildup with the Help of Professionals this Winter

Watching the flames as you burn logs in your fireplace might be one of your favorite things to do in winter but it’s very dangerous if there is too much creosote in the chimney flue. The leading cause of home fires associated with fireplaces and chimneys is highly flammable creosote buildup, according to the National […]

How to Keep a Leaky Chimney From Damaging Your Home

Ask any chimney builder, fireplace retailer or chimney sweep, and they’ll all tell you the same thing: chimneys and water don’t mix.  Water from rain and melting snow may seem harmless, but it actually can be very destructive, especially if early damage isn’t detected and repaired. In addition to causing erosion in various areas of the chimney/fireplace system, chimney leaks can lead to serious problems […]

Why Chimney Repair Is Important

Timely chimney repair and maintenance is the only way to ensure that your entire fireplace system is running optimally and safely. Here are some common chimney problems and what should be done about them. Leaky chimney After years of use, the bricks and mortar that were used to build your chimney can begin to deteriorate […]

How to Fix Your Wood-burning Mistakes

You would think the actual fire itself in a fireplace would be the most elementary part of using the appliance. Often, it’s the most problematic. Sometimes, just getting a good fire started is challenging. Burning the wood at max efficiency isn’t always easy. Preventing excess smoke can be difficult. Well, there’s no need to worry. […]

Fireplace Safety Tips for the Holidays

It’s easy to get caught up in the enjoyment of cozy fires and everything involved in the holiday season, but it’s very important to make fireplace safety a priority. Double the number of open-flame fires occur on Christmas Day, compared to average days, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). The following are basic fireplace […]

Can I Fix My Drafty Fireplace?

In many cases there are things homeowners can do to remedy a fireplace that’s drafting inefficiently. And fortunately, it’s easy to tell when this is happening by the sudden appearance of smoke or cold air in the house. Here are some things you’ll need to know to fix draft problems when the fireplace is operating […]

Benefits of Cleaning Your Chimney Early

Now that the summer is here, chimney maintenance may be the furthest thing from your mind. Scheduling an annual chimney cleaning and inspection is crucial to protect your home from the risk of a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure. It can also protect your home from water damage caused by chimney leaks. While it may not seem like a priority, this is […]

What if Lightning Strikes Your Chimney During a Summer Storm

In the unlikely event your chimney is struck by lightning during a summer thunderstorm, the one thing you don’t want to do is operate the fireplace before having the chimney thoroughly inspected.  This is because a lightning strike can cause minor damage to the chimney structure – damage that a casual observer might not be able to spot. The two key concerns with lightning are a […]

7 Signs of Damage a Chimney Inspection Can Uncover

Think about your chimney and all its components right now.  Do you know the exact state of all these elements?  Do you know where damage or breakdown is starting?  What about signs of serious damage?  If you’re like most homeowners, you can’t answer each of these questions with any certainty.  So what should you do?  […]