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Chimney Facelift Ideas for Summer

If your chimney is starting to appear dull and old, there are some cosmetic solutions that will give it the perfect summer facelift and have it looking good when winter rolls around. Not all unsightly chimneys, however, can be fixed with cosmetics alone. Let’s take a look at a few common chimney conditions and what […]

Restoring “Original” Fireplace Openings in Older Homes

It is like finding hidden treasure when a concealed original fireplace is discovered in an old home. Homeowners seek to restore the historical architecture or put the fireplace back into use with a more updated remodel. Either way, restoring old fireplaces that have long been out of commission is a welcome opportunity for renovators and […]

4 Primary Reasons for Chimney Damage and Chimney Fires

Safe chimneys are ones where the structure is sturdy and all components function as they should. A damaged chimney not only won’t perform correctly, it also could become dangerous. Let’s look at chimney damage and chimney fires and how to address these issues. Chimney Fires A lot of internal damage to chimneys happens because of […]

Top Two Potential Reasons Your Chimney is Tilting

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy has been leaning for about 840 years–since 1173. But if you see your chimney leaning, do not get the idea it’s perfectly safe to worry about it in the distant future! A tilting chimney is an urgent situation, and repair is needed right away. Read on for clues […]

4 Reasons Regular Chimney Sweep Services are So Important

For home safety, it is important to give attention to chimney maintenance every year. Professional chimney sweeps provide crucial services that help to prevent life-threatening hazards. Spring and summer are ideal times to schedule chimney sweep services such as chimney cleaning, chimney inspections, and chimney repairs. By taking care of these vital matters when it’s […]

Building a New Chimney – What You Need to Know

Fireplaces are one of the most popular features requested by homeowners looking to purchase a new home! The ambiance created by a glowing fire is unlike any other home feature. Fireplaces are worth certain sacrifices—but shortcomings can be overcome! As you make plans to build a new chimney, it helps to know some things upfront […]

What Technicians Check for During a Chimney Inspection

An annual chimney inspection is the best way to keep your chimney and fireplace running safely and at peak efficiency all winter long. When performed by a CSIA-certified technician, a chimney inspection covers many areas from the masonry structure to performance issues. Here are some of the key areas of focus during a yearly chimney […]

Is Chimney Sealant a Good Idea?

The question of whether or not to use chimney sealants is a subject of debate, but most chimney experts seem to agree that it helps in the constant battle against moisture. Most masonry chimneys are built with bricks, which are porous and as prone to absorb moisture as a sponge. The design of chimney stacks […]

Why You Should Keep a Close Eye on Your Chimney Liner

Because chimney liners are inside the flue, they often get overlooked and forgotten about. This is never a good idea, because chimney liners perform several very important jobs. Like all parts of a chimney, liners can fall into disrepair. For this reason, annual chimney inspections and prompt repair work are critical. What your chimney liner […]

Has Your Chimney Been Damaged by Severe Winter Weather?

Below-freezing weather prompts everyone to protect the P’s—passenger cars (vehicles), pets, plants, and pipes. That about covers everything as long as you don’t forget your chimney pipe! Chimneys across the country are damaged every year by harsh winter weather. Read on to learn how chimneys can be affected by severe weather plus some tips to […]

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