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You Shouldn’t Use a Regular Vacuum to Clean A Fireplace

Cleaning the firebox of a wood-burning fireplace or stove is a necessary maintenance job homeowners must engage in. The first step is to shovel out the bulk of the ash and residual wood chips, followed by a thorough vacuuming and then a hand-cleaning with soapy water. The first and third steps are pretty straightforward; the Read more…

Real Estate Inspections & Your Chimney

Buying a home is a big investment that impacts your daily life. Before you close on a new home, it’s smart to make sure that it’s safe and sound. Standard home inspections often miss problems hiding in the chimney. If your new home has a fireplace or heating stove, an inspection by a certified chimney Read more…

Does an Unused Chimney Need Ventilation?

A common question homeowners ask when retiring a chimney is whether ventilation is still needed. That’s actually a very good query but it’s not the only thing to consider. It’s important to remember that chimney leaks can still cause damage to your roof structure and home interior, even if the chimney is never used. Below, Read more…

Summer Fireplace Care Tips

Summer is the perfect time to give your fireplace some needed attention and get it in top shape for when cooler weather comes calling. Here are some summer fireplace care tips you’ll find helpful. Schedule your annual fireplace and chimney inspection All fireplaces and heating stoves – and their chimneys and stove pipes – should Read more…

Creosote & Chimney Fires: What You Must Know

A chimney fire can be devasting if the fire spreads and engulfs your home. Even when the fire is contained to the chimney, it can cause severe damage to the flue lining and chimney exterior. Every year, more than 25,000 homes in the U.S. suffer a chimney fire. The total cost of these fires is Read more…

Enjoy the Vibe of a Fire All Year with an Electric Fireplace

Fireplaces are popular home amenities, and an electric fireplace is one way to enjoy the cozy ambiance of home fires. With a masonry fireplace, spring means it’s time to close up the fireplace and chimney during the off season. For those with gas fireplaces, it’s recommended that the pilot light be shut off in spring, Read more…

Hiring a Chimney Sweep – What to Expect

The best and safest chimneys, fireplaces and stoves are ones that receive regular maintenance and upkeep. This means annual cleaning services, timely inspections and repair work as it becomes necessary. It’s your job to schedule these tasks, and it’s your chimney services professional’s job to see that they’re done correctly. Hiring a chimney sweep Fireplaces, Read more…

The Top 5 Chimney Killers

Your chimney is a vital and important part of your house if you have a fireplace. A healthy chimney protects your home from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. If it fails, it can leave your family at risk. A failing chimney can also be costly to repair if it is structurally unsound or has a Read more…

What is Causing my Chimney Discoloration?

Colors can add a lot to your landscaping or home interior, but it’s bad news if you see various colors staining your chimney. Any type of chimney discoloration is an indication that professional chimney care is needed as soon as possible. You can diagnose the issue yourself by becoming familiar with the causes of chimney staining. With the information below, you may be able to determine Read more…

4 Causes of Chimney Crown Cracks

The cement or stone crown at the top of your chimney plays a crucial role in preserving the health of your fireplace’s ventilation system. Bricks and mortar tend to act like a sponge, naturally absorbing moisture. Unlike a sponge, when the moisture in masonry freezes and thaws, it breaks down. This freeze-and-thaw cycle can weaken Read more…

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