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Is Something Wrong With Your Fireplace?

Generally in life, it’s best to not go looking for trouble.  But when it comes to fireplaces and chimneys, spotting trouble early can save you a lot of money and keep your home safe.  Many elements within a fireplace system can suffer damage or begin to operate inefficiently.  Here are four of the more common problem areas. 1. Drafting issues Are the bricks around your fireplace stained with smoke?  Do you sometimes see smoke moving into Read more…

Repair Your Chimney for Winter Warmth and Safety

It’s that time of year when you can look forward to coming home to relax besides a gently roaring fire in the fireplace. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when household fires increase. Every winter, thousands of homes in the U.S. go up in flames because of poor chimney maintenance or bad fireplace Read more…

Modern Fireplace Ideas for a Home Remodeling Project

A home remodel is an ideal time to bring in that new fireplace you’ve been thinking about, or to relocate or redesign the one you have now. Of course, “fireplace” can mean many different things, so if you’re purchasing new, give some thought to the fireplace itself before planning out a design scheme. Fireplace fuels Wood Read more…

How Easy is it to Add a Fireplace to a Home That Doesn’t Have One?

A lot of homes built over the past few decades didn’t include fireplaces in their floorplan designs. That’s kind of odd, when you consider that a growing number of home buyers consider a fireplace to be a key amenity on their checklists. If you’re living in one of those homes, you may want to add Read more…

A Guide to Gas Logs

Do you have a wood-burning fireplace that’s too inefficient or too labor-intensive to operate?  Or are you thinking of bringing a new gas heating appliance into your home?  If you said yes to either question, here are some things you’ll want to know about gas log sets. Wood-like ambience Today’s gas logs are built to look almost exactly like actual wood logs.  They have Read more…

Why You Shouldn’t Call a Roofer for Chimney Leaks

It’s raining outside and you happen to notice water dripping down the side of your fireplace. Upon closer inspection it appears to be coming from the ceiling. Since it appears to be a roofing problem, you may be inclined to call a roofer. But when you are experiencing chimney problems like a water leak, you Read more…

Fire Prep To-Do List Before the Season’s First Fire

Even if cozying up to a fire is what you most look forward to in cold weather, it is essential to remember that the safe thing to do is prepare before lighting that first fire of the season. The comfortable, romantic ambiance that a fireplace provides sometimes distracts from the reality that safety steps are needed. Many home fires that occur each year Read more…

Facts About Squirrels and Your Chimney

If you hear squeaking, scampering, scratching or smell something strange coming from your chimney, you may have squirrels or other uninvited guests in your chimney. Squirrels are fast, agile climbers and can squeeze into just about any opening, especially an open flue. They also have sharp teeth and claws – they crack nuts for a living! And once they are inside the flue, they Read more…

Pro Tips for a Well-Maintained Chimney and Fireplace

Your chimney and fireplace need more than a once-a-year check-up from a professional. Though we can never stress enough the importance of an annual cleaning and inspection by a certified chimney technician, you shouldn’t leave all the work to your trusted chimney sweep. A lot can happen to your chimney in between cleanings that could cause a catastrophe if you don’t keep a wary Read more…

Help! Water From My Chimney Is Leaking into My Home

Among all the symptoms chimneys can present that tell you something’s wrong, leaking water is definitely one of the most critical and one that needs to be addressed immediately.  Water is the enemy of chimneys and their components, and if some area of the structure has been compromised, damage caused by the water will surely happen and will surely get worse. Reasons for a Read more…

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