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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…

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…

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