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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…

Custom Fireplace Designs for Your Interior Fireplace

Do you feel like your fireplace is dated or doesn’t fit your style? Or, are you considering having a prefabricated fireplace installed but are concerned that it might look too cookie cutter? No matter what your dilemma is, there is a solution: a custom surround and mantel. Whether you have an old fireplace that needs a makeover or are having a new fireplace installed, Read more…

7 Tips for Off-Season Fireplace & Chimney Maintenance

Each season has things that you can enjoy only during those few short months of the year, such as a crackling fire in the fireplace during chilly winter nights. Whatever your favorite off-season activities, it’s a great idea to add chimney and fireplace maintenance to your list of spring or summer activities. The level of enjoyment you have of your fireplace during the coming winter may depend Read more…

5 Steps to Preventing Chimney Leaks during Spring Rainy Season

Water may be one of nature’s building blocks, but this seemingly innocuous combination of two parts hydrogen mixed with one part oxygen, can wreak havoc on unprotected chimneys. This can lead to accelerated structural deterioration and eventually develop into a safety hazard. Even a small leak will grow into a bigger problem. So preventing chimney leaks during the spring rainy season should be a Read more…

Ways a Chimney Sweep Can Help You Reduce Your Energy Bill

The glowing warmth of a fire blazing in the heath and beautiful architectural features of a fireplace make having one a pleasure. On the flip side, having a masonry fireplace can increase your heating and cooling bills year-round. Much like poorly sealed windows or bad insulation, masonry fireplaces allow air to move in and out of your home more freely. You Read more…

4 Ways Chimneys Can Be Damaged

Unlike some other fixtures and units in your home, chimneys normally don’t suffer damage because of anything you do to them directly.  But chimney problems happen all the time, and they’re not the kind of thing you want to just try to “live with.”  Here are the four most common ways chimneys can be damaged. First – how do you know there is chimney Read more…

How to Know if Your Chimney Chase Cover Needs Replacing

Fire and water do not mix.  Their opposition is even more pronounced when the fire is in the fireplace and the water is coming in from outside the home.  In this case, your concern isn’t that water will pour in and put out the fire, but rather that it will seep in through some element of the chimney structure and cause dangerous and expensive problems.  The Read more…

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