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How Long Do Chimney Liners Last?

That’s a good question, because a chimney liner in good working condition serves several important purposes inside your chimney.  For one, it prevents carbon monoxide from getting into adjacent bricks and therefore your home.  It also adds extra protection to the home’s building materials surrounding the chimney.  Another purpose is to shield the chimney itself from high temperatures and caustic chemicals introduced during the burning of wood. For these and Read more…

Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Your Fireplace

It’s that time of year again when spring is here, and the fresh smell of blooming flowers fills the air. But while everything feels rejuvenated outside, inside your fireplace is full of filthy soot, creosote and ash from months of wood-burning. And there is no better time than today to clean your fireplace. So, get Read more…

Identifying Staining on Chimneys

Does your chimney have staining or discoloration you’ve been wondering about? There are many different reasons a chimney may have staining, and some are associated with severe damage than can threaten chimney safety. Information follows about identifying chimney staining. However, the best course of action is to schedule a chimney inspection by a professional without delay, once you’ve noticed any discoloration. The sooner chimney damage is tended to, Read more…

Lower Your Home Heating Costs with a Fireplace Blower

While many homeowners enjoy the natural warmth that a fireplace offers, it is not an efficient source of heat when as much as 80% of the heat is lost through the chimney. That’s why many homeowners are installing an energy-efficient fireplace blower to get more heat from the fireplace and lower home heating costs.   How Does a Fireplace Blower Work? A fireplace blower works by forcing Read more…

What a Routine Inspection of Your Chimney Might Turn Up

A lot happens within your chimney and fireplace when you operate them during the cold months.  Most of this is stuff you can’t see, which means if (and when) a problem arises, you won’t know about it.  For this reason, we have professional chimney sweeps that perform not only cleaning but also comprehensive inspection and repair services. Here are some of the common things chimney Read more…

Tips for Fireplace Safety – Wood, Gas, & Electric Fires       

Warming by a fire on a cold day is an undeniable pleasure, but it shouldn’t be the foremost consideration as regards a fireplace. Safety should always come first. A significant percentage of home fires every year are caused by heating appliances. Here are some safety tips and words of advice for using wood, gas, and electric fireplaces. Wood Fireplace Safety The condition of your chimney Read more…

Can I Use My Existing Chimney With a New Wood Stove?

For fast, powerful heat, great looks and energy savings, it’s hard to beat a modern wood stove.  With so many sizes, styles, colors and finishes available, it’s easy to find the ideal unit that will match any décor and produce the level of heat required for most sizes of rooms. One of the concerns that can arise when considering buying a wood stove is Read more…

The Anatomy of a Fireplace

The chimney and fireplace may look like a simple structure, but in reality are comprised of a dozen main components that work together so you can enjoy the warmth of a burning fireplace. And to help you provide the care and maintenance your fireplace needs to keep your home and family safe, here is an introduction to the anatomy of a fireplace.  1. Chimney Crown Read more…

Water & the Misunderstood Masonry Chimney     

What do you think of when you look at your masonry chimney? Maybe you think of the warm fires you enjoy in winter or you wonder how anyone can believe fat Santa could fit in that crowded space. If you look at the chimney and think about the way it’s being bullied by moisture and needs attention, you are a rare and insightful homeowner. It Read more…

Spring into Action with Your Annual Chimney Inspection

The birds are singing, flowers are blooming and the days are getting warmer, it’s the time of year when spring is in the air. It’s also time for those spring cleaning chores that we’ve been putting off for months. And one very important item that should be on every homeowners list this spring is an annual chimney inspection. Do I really need an Read more…

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