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Before Getting a Chimney Liner, Ask These 7 Questions

The chimney or flue liner is arguably the most important safety component that when installed and properly maintained prevents the intense heat, burning embers and dangerous gases of a burning fireplace from entering your living space.  In laboratory tests, it took less than four hours for nearby wood materials to catch fire from the intense heat of an unlined chimney, according to the Read more…

Keep Your Chimney Pest-Free

Adding a quality chimney cap to your chimney is a very smart move.  Without a cap in place, chimneys are subject to all manner of obstructions, which will cause drafting issues and could initiate or intensify a chimney fire.  In addition, depending on the kind of obstruction, there could be a health hazard for you and your family. Animals in the chimney A common cause Read more…

Keep Your Fireplace a Centerpiece All Year Long With These Tips

What are you doing with your fireplace during the off-season?  That’s a question people don’t normally ask themselves, because people usually think of a fireplace as nothing more than an appliance in which to start a fire on cold nights.  The truth is, that’s only a small part of a fireplace’s potential. In Georgia, unlike, say, Minnesota and North Dakota, we don’t run our fireplaces Read more…

4 Common (and Uncommon) Problems a Chimney Sweep Can Resolve

The home may be your castle, but the sounds of howling wind rattling the chimney damper, little creatures scurrying about, and dripping water in the fireplace is enough to keep anyone awake at night. But it’s also some of the common (and uncommon) problems a chimney sweep can resolve. Smoky Fireplace Normally, pressure inside the chimney pushes the smoke and fumes up Read more…

Unlined Chimneys: A Problem Found in Many Older Homes

The streets of the United States are lined with millions of charming older and historic homes like stately Victorian mansions, colonial homes and other architecture styles that were built during the housing boom in the late 19th century through the early 20th century. This was a period of time when fireplaces and wood stoves were the traditional source of heat and it is common to Read more…

7 Reasons to Get Your Chimney Cleaned in Spring or Summer

While winter is the perfect time in Georgia to enjoy your fireplace, spring and summer are ideal times to ensure that your fireplace is ready for the next cold snap. Spring may even be a little better than summer for scheduling a chimney inspection and cleaning, since the weather hasn’t ramped up to the high temperatures more typical in, say, August. Heat and humidity Read more…

Why Should I Waterproof My Chimney?

Your chimney proudly defends your home like a warrior as it battles the ravages of wind, fire and rain with a badge of courage. With its sheer strength and tenacity, a well-built brick masonry chimney can last nearly a century leaving many homeowners to wonder, “Why should I waterproof my chimney?” The majority of masonry chimneys are built with bricks or stone bonded with mortar, a cement Read more…

Turn Your Firebox Repair into a Fireplace Renewal

Is the firebox in your fireplace looking like it might need some repairs? If the mortar joints are deteriorating or the bricks are falling apart, it may not be safe to continue using your fireplace until the firebox is repaired. The risk of a house fire increases when you use a damaged firebox because it cannot properly contain the high temperatures Read more…

Why Fireplace Repair is Only for Knowledgeable Experts

  Professional inspections Fireplace safety experts all agree that annual chimney inspections are important for any household with a fireplace. Even if a fireplace is very rarely used, hazardous issues can arise that make it unsafe for future use, unless repairs are made. An inspection isn’t a do-it-yourself proposition. Experts undergo extensive training, so that they are equipped to recognize all of the numerous situations 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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