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Differences Between Masonry & Factory-Built Fireplaces

A masonry fireplace typically increases the value of a home, which may not be the case with a factory-built fireplace. Both do provide the beauty, pleasure, and warmth of a crackling fire; but there are some differences between masonry fireplaces and factory-built fireplaces which consumers may consider significant. Origin A masonry fireplace and chimney is Read more…

Burning Wood Is an Eco-Friendly Way to Heat your Home

Unlike other domestic heating resources used today, wood is renewable, sustainable, and affordable.  If you’re concerned about the carbon footprint created by using your fireplace or wood stove, the good news is that burning wood is recognized as “carbon neutral” by the Carbon Trust.   For several good reasons, wood burning is an environmentally friendly way Read more…

Spring Cleaning Should Include the Chimney & Fireplace

It’s that time of year again. With the coming of the warm weather, many homeowners get into “spring cleaning” mode. Maybe it’s getting rid of the old to make room for the new, or maybe it’s just a good old scrub down of your entire home, but there is something about the warm weather that Read more…

10 Things to Know Before Hiring a Chimney Sweep

Some so-called chimney sweep companies are actually run by unqualified scam artists who offer low prices but don’t provide needed services.  Other unscrupulous “sweeps” trick you into agreeing to unnecessary repairs; after they accept a deposit for costly renovations, nothing gets done.  The following information can help you determine whether or not you are hiring Read more…

How Often Does a Chimney Need to Be Cleaned?

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), fireplaces need to be cleaned once there is 1/8″ of creosote and/or soot buildup inside the chimney liner. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), all chimneys should be cleaned at least once every year, regardless. So which is right, and does everyone need to Read more…

Wet Winter Weather Can Be Tough On Chimneys

Even in Georgia, where there’s not much snow to speak of, winter can be harsh on chimneys. Freezing and thawing cycles can adversely affect the chimney structure. A chimney that is in disrepair can be a fire hazard, which is why it’s best to get an annual inspection and cleaning in spring or summer. If Read more…

5 Reasons Your Fireplace May Smell Bad

A fireplace is designed to provide warmth and beauty.  You can expect that no smelly odors will come into your home from the fireplace.  Bad smells do happen, however, and for a number of different reasons.  Most of the issues which cause an odor to emit from the fireplace are resolved when our professional Atlanta Read more…

3 Types of Chimney Damage Caused by Moisture

There are many potential problems that can arise with a chimney, and water is one of the major causes of costly troubles.  Besides the fact that an annual chimney inspection is recommended as a basic safety measure, another reason an inspection by a professional chimney sweep is important is so that moisture problems can be Read more…

Trust Your Chimney to a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

If you want to have confidence that your chimney is safe and in good working condition, it’s critical to entrust the structure’s maintenance to a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).  All of the possible reasons for scheduling an appointment with a chimney sweep are important ones, such as: Making Read more…

White Staining Is More Than an Aesthetic Problem

White stains on a chimney are actually a type of residue called efflorescence.  The white discoloration is not only unsightly, it is a symptom of moisture in the chimney system.  Moisture is the biggest enemy to a chimney’s structural integrity.  If efflorescence isn’t dealt with, the chimney structure could deteriorate and age prematurely. More about Read more…

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