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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…

5 Benefits of a Clean Chimney

A chimney that never or only occasionally gets cleaned can lead to some very serious problems.  Some of these problems are expensive to remedy, while others can pose risks to the health and safety of everyone in your home.  Let’s look at how to avoid all this and discover five important benefits of a clean Read more…

What Technicians Look for During a Chimney Inspection

Do you remember the last time you had a chimney inspection? If the date has escaped your memory, then your chimney is probably long overdue for its annual inspection. While chimneys are built to last for decades, its continuous exposure to the environment causes the masonry to deteriorate.   In addition, there could be hidden Read more…

When is a Chimney Relining Definitely Needed?

Chimney relining is often needed, and it’s for a variety of reasons. The important thing to understand about chimney flue liners is that they must be free of defect. It is unsafe to use a fireplace if the flue has even the tiniest crack. Rarely is it obvious that a chimney liner replacement is needed, Read more…

What Can I Do with My Fireplace in the Summer?

Now that winter is over, you’re probably wondering what you can do with your fireplace during the warm summer weather. Surprisingly, there are a lot of cool things you can do with your hearth area to keep it the center of attention even when a roaring fire is not burning. Here are a few of Read more…

Do All Chimney Flues Need Cleaning and Inspection?

If you have a wood-burning fireplace or a wood-burning stove, you have a wonderful home heating option to help take the chill off winter evenings and take some of the bite out of your regular utility bill.  Modern wood fireplaces and stoves (and their chimney flues/stove pipes) are built to last and work hard, but Read more…

Common Off-Season Chimney Repairs Made by Homeowners

It’s not for no reason that chimney inspections are recommended annually. Safe operation of your fireplace or stove largely depends upon the condition of the chimney. Constantly exposed to the outdoor elements, chimneys have an enemy in moisture intrusion, which can occur in many different ways. In addition to harsh external elements, there is intense Read more…

Why You Should Inspect Your Chimney Flashing

Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize that they have a water leak until it’s too late and damaged chimney flashing may be to blame. With direct exposure to the environment and weather conditions, it’s not uncommon for the flashing material around the chimney to become damaged necessitating its repair or replacement. Although problems with chimney flashing are more common with older homes, any home is susceptible. Sometimes Read more…

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