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Everything You Need to Know About Chimney Inspections & Why to Have One

A chimney does more than vent smoke outside. It also protects your home from the harsh chemicals, toxic gases and high temperatures produced by the fireplace. Damage to your chimney can put your home at grave risk. Even though chimneys are made of fire resistance materials, they are still affected by wear-and-tear. Metal flue liners and dampers can become warped or corrode. Tile […]

Why Having a Strong Chimney Cap Is Important

You wouldn’t leave your home with your front door wide open. Do you realize that leaving your chimney without a cap on it is just as risky? A chimney cap is like a metal hat, with a solid top and mesh around the sides, that is installed over the mouth of the chimney. Much like a front door, […]

A Chimney Sweep’s Top Tips for Ecofriendly (and Cheap!) Fires

Heating your home in the winter can feel like a devil’s bargain if you’re concerned about the environment. Relying on a central heating system fueled by natural gas or a coal-run power grid increases your carbon footprint and supports unsustainable mining practices. But using firewood instead can contribute to air pollution and deforestation. Fortunately, if you follow a few simple tips, you can use […]

6 Reasons to Get a Chimney Cleaning & Inspection Before Winter

Warming up and unwinding next to a roaring fire at the end of the day can help you get through the dark days of winter. Your relaxing ritual could turn into a serious health or safety risk if you haven’t had your fireplace or stove’s chimney cleaned and inspected before lighting a fire in the hearth. Fireplaces and stoves are two of […]

Reasons You Should Always Budget for a Chimney Inspection

Who doesn’t love to save money where they can? Tackling home repair projects by yourself can be a good way to cut down on your expenses and gain new skills. If you are looking for a DIY project, you might be thinking about skipping a professional chimney cleaning and inspection to do it yourself. But cleaning and inspecting a chimney is more challenging than swapping […]

What Services do Chimney Sweeps Provide?

Chimney sweeps continue to be one of the most important service providers for homeowners who have a fireplace or freestanding stove in their homes. Clogged chimneys and malfunctioning fireplace components cause deadly home fires and incidents of carbon monoxides poisoning in thousands of households every year. Regular fireplace maintenance is your best defense to protect your loved ones and your home from these […]

Is Your Chimney Ready for Cold Weather?

It’s that time of year when we start preparing for the holidays and look forward to enjoying all the comforts of home. One of the most beloved comforts of this season is relaxing besides a roaring fire at the end of the day. Your plan to relax beside your fireplace might be derailed if a fire catches in the chimney […]

Is My Fireplace Safe to Use?

Autumn is right around the corner. Soon the leaves will be turning and you’ll be looking forward to spending the evening in beside a roaring fire drinking a mug of hot cider. Before you light up your fireplace for the first time this season, it’s smart to ask “Is my fireplace safe?” Almost 14,000 house fires a year originate from fireplaces. Many […]

4 Reasons to Upgrade a Chimney Liner

Do you need to invest in a new chimney liner? This is a smart question to ask if you are concerned about fireplace safety. A chimney liner plays an important role in protecting your home from a house fire and protecting you and your loved ones from the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. There are 4 reasons why a chimney expert would […]

Keep Your Chimney Pest-Free

You would never leave your front door wide open when you head off to work. You know that would allow animals or thieves to come into your home who might leave you with hundreds to thousands of dollars in damages. Do you know that leaving your chimney open, without a cap on it, could be just as costly? To small mammals and […]

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