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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 … more »
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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 … more »
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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 … more »
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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 … more »
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