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Fall is the Time of Year to Make Sure Your Chimney is Clean & Safe

Summer’s over, and winter’s on the way, and that means another season of fireplace use.  In order to use your fireplace throughout the burning season with confidence and peace of mind, you’ll need the usual cleaning and inspection.  This year, why not have this service done early in the fall, rather than right when winter starts?  There are a couple good reasons to do this. Read more…

10-Point Fall Chimney Checklist

The fall season is a wonderful time of year. The weather is often just right, neither too hot nor too cold making it a great time to be outdoors enjoying the fresh air before winter sets in. But the fall season is also time to make sure the chimney is safe and ready for winter before it’s too late. Based on Read more…

With a New Chimney Liner, is it Necessary to Hire a Chimney Sweep?

Household upkeep can be a relentless drain on a bank account, and homeowners naturally look for expenses to eliminate. Any budget cuts should exclude safety measures, such as getting an annual chimney inspection done by an expert. Even if you’ve purchased a new chimney liner, it can be hazardous to skip annual inspections and needed chimney cleaning. The primary reason even a new chimney liner needs to be Read more…

Before Getting a Chimney Liner, Ask These 7 Questions

The chimney or flue liner is arguably the most important safety component that when installed and properly maintained prevents the intense heat, burning embers and dangerous gases of a burning fireplace from entering your living space.  In laboratory tests, it took less than four hours for nearby wood materials to catch fire from the intense heat of an unlined chimney, according to the Read more…

Keep Your Chimney Pest-Free

Adding a quality chimney cap to your chimney is a very smart move.  Without a cap in place, chimneys are subject to all manner of obstructions, which will cause drafting issues and could initiate or intensify a chimney fire.  In addition, depending on the kind of obstruction, there could be a health hazard for you and your family. Animals in the chimney A common cause Read more…

Keep Your Fireplace a Centerpiece All Year Long With These Tips

What are you doing with your fireplace during the off-season?  That’s a question people don’t normally ask themselves, because people usually think of a fireplace as nothing more than an appliance in which to start a fire on cold nights.  The truth is, that’s only a small part of a fireplace’s potential. In Georgia, unlike, say, Minnesota and North Dakota, we don’t run our fireplaces Read more…

4 Common (and Uncommon) Problems a Chimney Sweep Can Resolve

The home may be your castle, but the sounds of howling wind rattling the chimney damper, little creatures scurrying about, and dripping water in the fireplace is enough to keep anyone awake at night. But it’s also some of the common (and uncommon) problems a chimney sweep can resolve. Smoky Fireplace Normally, pressure inside the chimney pushes the smoke and fumes up Read more…

Unlined Chimneys: A Problem Found in Many Older Homes

The streets of the United States are lined with millions of charming older and historic homes like stately Victorian mansions, colonial homes and other architecture styles that were built during the housing boom in the late 19th century through the early 20th century. This was a period of time when fireplaces and wood stoves were the traditional source of heat and it is common to Read more…

7 Reasons to Get Your Chimney Cleaned in Spring or Summer

While winter is the perfect time in Georgia to enjoy your fireplace, spring and summer are ideal times to ensure that your fireplace is ready for the next cold snap. Spring may even be a little better than summer for scheduling a chimney inspection and cleaning, since the weather hasn’t ramped up to the high temperatures more typical in, say, August. Heat and humidity Read more…

Why Should I Waterproof My Chimney?

Your chimney proudly defends your home like a warrior as it battles the ravages of wind, fire and rain with a badge of courage. With its sheer strength and tenacity, a well-built brick masonry chimney can last nearly a century leaving many homeowners to wonder, “Why should I waterproof my chimney?” The majority of masonry chimneys are built with bricks or stone bonded with mortar, a cement Read more…

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