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Older Houses & Chimney Issues

Older homes are a pleasure to live in because of their craftsmanship and character. One of the drawbacks to older homes is that many do not meet modern building codes. If your home was built 50 years ago or earlier, it is very likely that the fireplace and chimney are not up to code. Using your fireplace without having the chimney […]

Is Your Chimney Crown Cracked Or Damaged?

Chimney crowns, the concrete coverings that sit on the tops of chimneys, are very durable and perform well for years.  Eventually, however, even the best-made structures can begin to fail.  When a chimney crown becomes cracked or damaged, it’s important that the situation is addressed right away, before more extensive – and expensive – damage happens. The chimney crown is always part of a thorough inspection performed by […]

6 Good Reasons to Add a Fireplace When You Build a New Home

Here in the Indianapolis area, we know all about cold winters.  If you’re building a new home here, you’ll thank yourself many times over if you follow through with including a fine new fireplace in your construction plans.  Modern fireplaces of all types are much better than their forebears at bringing supplemental – or primary – heat to any kind of home.  Let’s take a look at the most […]

How to Spot Masonry Damage

Now that spring is here, you may be ready to forget about your chimney until fall rolls around. Waiting until autumn for an annual inspection could be too late. It’s smart to take a close look at your chimney now to make sure it hasn’t been damaged from the rough winter and isn’t vulnerable to […]

Is My Chimney Clogged? – Creosote In Chimney

A clogged chimney is a dangerous chimney.  You may be able to determine if there’s an obstruction in your chimney, or you may need a certified chimney sweep to make this determination, but in either case, a clogged chimney must be addressed immediately Blockages in chimneys most commonly result from either an excessive buildup of creosote and soot or various debris such as leaves, twigs and small […]

Why are the Bricks on My Chimney Starting to Crumble?

Are you concerned that parts of your chimney look like they are crumbling? This is a common problem for homeowners with a fireplace. In most cases, cracked bricks and crumbling mortar are a sign of spalling. Spalling is a problem for brick structures like retaining walls and chimneys. It is a symptom of water damage that has begun to deteriorate the masonry. Learning how […]

5 Reasons You Need to Call a Chimney Sweep

Like most devices that function through a series of parts and components, fireplaces and their chimneys usually will tell you when something’s wrong before it becomes serious.  The problem is, most homeowners don’t know exactly what to do to fix problems when they arise.  This is why we have chimney sweeps – trained, certified professionals who understand fireplace systems inside and out.  Here are five signs that tell you […]

How Cold Weather Affects Your Chimney

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, we can expect that this winter will be cold and snowy here in Colorado. A cold winter means high heating costs. Keeping your wood pile stocked and stoking up a fire in the hearth on chilly nights can help you cut down on heating costs. Chimney problems can throw a wrench in your budget. Before the temperatures drop dramatically, […]

6 Places You Didn’t Know a Fireplace Could Go

When we think of a “fireplace,” usually we conjure up images of a big, expansive structure made of heavy brick, roaring with flames inside the main room of a home.  This is a great way to use a fireplace, as testified by the hundreds of years folks have been doing it.  But why stop there?  With today’s amazing designs and fireplace technologies, you can have the beauty […]

4 Reasons Your Chimney May Smell and What to Do About Them

Have you been noticing odd odors in your home?  If you’ve eliminated most other possible causes, it’s time to look at your chimney.  A variety of things can cause a chimney to give off an unpleasant smell.  Fortunately, they’re all easy to fix, once you’ve pinpointed the problem. Air pressure issues If your home is “air-tight,” you might have a negative air pressure situation that is preventing air […]