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Fireplace Types: Identification & Maintenance

Not all the appliances we call “fireplaces” are the same, and neither are the fireplace repair and maintenance tasks required to keep the units running safely and efficiently. Let’s look at some popular fireplace types and outline their maintenance needs. Traditional masonry fireplaces Masonry fireplaces often are built when the home is being built and Read more…

Don’t Ignore These Common Signs of Chimney Damage!

You can increase home safety and minimize chimney maintenance costs if you are careful not to ignore common signs of chimney damage. Homeowners are often unaware that chimneys are vulnerable to damage caused by harsh outdoor elements, especially moisture. When a masonry system is infiltrated by water, a process of masonry destruction begins. If you Read more…

Important Chimney and Fireplace Terminology

Knowing basic chimney and fireplace terminology could help you better understand why scheduling a chimney inspection as part of your annual home maintenance is crucial. There are more components to chimneys, fireplaces, and heating stoves than many people realize. Safety is an essential consideration when you use a solid-fuel appliance since heating is achieved with Read more…

How to Prepare for Your Chimney Sweep Appointment

You can be confident that CSIA-certified chimney sweeps will take care of your home, and it helps if you know how to prepare for your chimney sweep appointment. The cozy fires you enjoy in winter are easy to take for granted, but the reality is that ongoing chimney maintenance is essential. In addition to annual Read more…

Parge Your Chimney’s Smoke Chamber this Summer

The warmer months are ideal times to schedule chimney cleaning, inspections and maintenance. One important maintenance job your chimney may need that you don’t know about is called smoke chamber parging. “Parging” means smoothing. The smoke chamber is an open area that sits just above the fireplace damper and is the first area that starts Read more…

Build Home Value with a Fireplace Upgrade

A fireplace upgrade is a solid investment to increase home value and boost the quality of indoor and outdoor living. Studies show that fireplaces are sought-after features among most homebuyers. There are various ways to ensure that a new or upgraded fireplace is a worthwhile investment. Details follow. The Number 1 ROI on a Home Read more…

Safety Tips and Info on Backyard Recreational Fires

The best way to heat up summertime fun is by gathering around a backyard recreational fire on a regular basis. Winter certainly doesn’t have the corner on the charm of a cozy fire by night. Pretty much everyone loves to roast marshmallows, hot dogs, and other treats over a crackling blaze. Gathering to visit and Read more…

7 Helpful Things To Know About Fireplaces

If you own and use a fireplace, you probably already know quite a bit about these appliances – but you may not know everything. If you are considering getting your first fireplace, there are several important things for you to learn. Three common fireplace types Three different appliances are typically called fireplaces: Masonry fireplace: Constructed Read more…

Did you Know These are All Chimney Myths?

Similar to the way fires in fireplaces evoke a one-of-a-kind ambiance, chimneys are like enigmas because they are surrounded by myths. Unfortunately, chimneys are misunderstood mostly in ways that can put a home and family at risk. Other myths are associated with almost unbelievable events in history and some are pure legends. As certified chimney Read more…

Don’t Wait Until Fall to Have Your Chimney Cleaned

If you use a wood-burning fireplace or insert, you have a wonderful amenity that should bring you lots of comfort and enjoyment. You also have a vent system that needs annual cleaning to remain safe and efficient. Waiting until summer is over to arrange for a visit from a chimney sweep isn’t the best idea. Read more…

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