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