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Why a Level 2 Inspection is Crucial To Buying A Home

Moving into a new home should be a joyous occasion, not a time for regrets. If you don’t schedule a Level 2 chimney inspection before buying a home with a fireplace, however, you may have plenty of remorse. A common mistake homebuyers often make is assuming that a home inspection that was done on a prospective house included inspection of the chimney by an expert. Read more…

How To Find & Prevent Chimney Leaks

Chimney leaks can put a damper on the enjoyment of warm, crackling fires in your fireplace. Leaks are usually unnoticed at first. If you’ve found evidence of a chimney leak, it’s possible you can find the cause yourself, though it’s rarely easy detective work. The help of a chimney expert is often required, to determine Read more…

What Gas & Wood Burning Chimneys Have in Common

Wood and gas fireplaces operate differently but they have the same maintenance needs. The convenience of starting a clean burning fire with the flip of a switch may make you think that your gas fireplace doesn’t need an annual chimney sweeping and inspection like a wood burning fireplace. Even though you don’t have to worry Read more…

Creosote in Your Chimney: Types, Causes, and Remedies

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And there’s also creosote, a carbon mass that forms when you burn wood in your fireplace. Creosote doesn’t dissolve or go away; rather it will continue to form and build up until it reaches a point where it poses a health and safety risk for everyone in your home. Why Read more…

What You Need to Know About Black Glass

For there to be fire, three things are required: oxygen, fuel and heat. Remove any of them from what’s known as the “fire triangle,” and you can’t start a fire. This is the simple part of fire, but it gets more complicated, particularly where the quality of the fire is concerned. Just because you see Read more…

Chimney Restoration: Time to Reevaluate Your Heat Source

Learning that your chimney needs to be restored is never welcome news, but it can be a good catalyst to improve your alternate heating system. Traditional wood burning fireplaces have abysmally low energy efficiency. Up to 90% of the heat they produce usually escapes up the chimney. Drafty old fireplaces can drive up your heating Read more…

When Your Fire Isn’t Burning as Bright as It Used To

Have you noticed the flames in your wood-burning fireplace becoming weaker and smaller? Are the logs taking longer to ignite and not burning completely during the course of a fire? If so, it’s likely for one of two reasons: you’re burning unseasoned wood, or you have some kind of obstruction in your chimney. Burn only Read more…

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…

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