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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 […]

Up in Smoke: Don’t Forget to Maintain Your Wood Burning Fireplace

Christmas is right around the corner and the temperature keeps dropping to remind us. It’s the perfect time to pull out your fireplace tools and light up the hearth. After the fire goes out, don’t forget to maintain your fireplace! Few things would be as devastating as a fire just before the holidays. If you aren’t careful, this could happen to you.  Here are […]

Keeping Your Fireplace Insert Clean In Between Chimney Sweepings

Fireplace inserts are ideal appliances when your current fireplace isn’t doing a great job with heating and cost-saving.  Inserts are pre-made to fit directly inside an existing firebox.  They’re well-insulated and highly efficient, especially when compared to a traditional masonry fireplace. Like with any kind of fireplace, however, inserts need to be cleaned and kept up.  Your chimney sweep will handle the larger annual cleaning task […]

Why Natural Stone is an Great Choice for New Fireplace Upgrade

For homeowners who want the most elegant in fireplace design along with durability and efficiency, look no further than a natural stone surround.  People enjoy natural stone because the material is very low-maintenance, resists wear, rot and mold, retains heat, and looks absolutely amazing. Here’s a little about five of the most popular natural stone choices for the hearth area. 1. Granite Strong, easy to […]

Tips on Selecting the Perfect Fireplace Insert

Thinking about converting an old, inefficient masonry fireplace with a modern, heat-generating insert?  That’s a smart move for homeowners who desire a beautiful appearance and plenty of heat.  Where do you start?  Let’s look at the process. First: Size A fireplace insert is a pre-made unit that fits, self-contained, into an existing space (i.e., the firebox of the current fireplace).  Start by measuring your firebox from back to front, side […]