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The Dangers of a Cracked Chimney Flue

There are several reasons annual chimney inspections are recommended by fire safety experts but none as compelling as the dangers of a cracked chimney flue. Some safety hazards are more urgent matters than others. When it comes to a deteriorating chimney flue, the emergency is real. A fireplace or stove should never be used as Read more…

Scheduling Your Chimney Inspection: Be Proactive Not Reactive

Of all the areas within your home that need periodic repair, maintenance or professional evaluation, your chimney is one of the areas where it pays big to be proactive rather than reactive. Here’s why. Waiting for something to go wrong with your chimney – a failure of one of the components, bricks beginning to fall Read more…

How to Maintain Your Chimney’s Health

For homeowners, maintenance is a fact of life; and chimney health should always be given at least annual consideration. The chimney system may be the largest single component in your home that requires upkeep, and safety is a big reason for ensuring that your chimney operates properly. Fortunately, certified chimney professionals are in your area. Read more…

Get a Chimney Sweep and Chimney Inspection Before Colder Weather Arrives

When it starts turning cold, people start firing up their fireplaces. Even if it’s just a little chilly outside, nothing beats a beautiful fireplace to take the edge off and create a lovely ambience. The only thing that could hinder this enjoyment is if your chimney and fireplace aren’t safe to use. For this reason, it’s always a good idea Read more…

Why It’s Important to Close Your Damper in The Summer

During Atlanta’s hottest months, closing your fireplace damper will help your home stay cool and keep chimney odors out. The damper is a vent inside the throat of a fireplace. It should always be open when your fireplace is in use to allow air from outside to feed the fire and combustion byproducts, like smoke and carbon monoxide, to escape. When Read more…

Less Money Goes Up in Smoke With These Fireplaces

Many things were just better in the “good old days,” but fireplaces aren’t among them. Beloved masonry fireplaces are seriously flawed, and homeowners have figured it out as heating costs have continuously gotten higher. The problem is that the heat from a masonry fireplace goes up with the smoke instead of going into your home. Read more…

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…

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