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Important Chimney and Fireplace Terminology

Making yourself aware of chimney and fireplace parts is the first step to understanding just how a chimney system works. Some are thinking, ‘What do I need to know about fireplace jargon?  Pile up kindling and logs and toss in a match and enjoy the fire. Right?’ If someone knew nothing about a car, asking […]

Don’t Ignore These Common Signs of Chimney Damage!

It is a widely accepted fact, even the best-maintained homes will have problems.  It matters not, new or old, ranch or colonial homes will give owners trouble.  Unfortunately, one part of the home that is continually overlooked is the importance of having your chimney serviced. A few signs inside the home to look for If […]

How to Baby Proof a Fireplace

When a new baby arrives, things start to change.  New parents begin to experience no sleep, poopy diapers, bottles, formula, along with a new sense of safety concerns. Safety issues come from every corner of the house.  Electrical outlets need to be covered, cabinets safety proofed, and sharp objects need to be out of reach. […]

How to Keep Animals Out of Your Chimney this Summer

The arrival of spring brings a renewal of nature.  Flowers bloom, days start to get warmer, and best of all, babies of every species are born.  These babies are adorable and endearing, that is until you find a nest of them in your chimney.  That’s when, without a chimney inspection and cleaning, the trouble starts. […]

Things You Should Know About Fireplaces

There is something uniquely satisfying about sitting in front of a fire on a cold winter’s night.  Even if you are alone, that fire is like a companion.  Its smells and sounds create a type of persona that is friendly and welcoming.  For a homeowner to safely continue to enjoy the pleasures of a fireplace, […]

Chimney Repairs You Need to Address Right Away

If you own a home, regardless of age, repairs are inevitable.  With most home repairs, a homeowner can predict the consequence if it is not repaired.  If there is a leak in the roof, the outcome will be water damage and mold.  A piece of loose carpet will mean the possibility of someone tripping and […]

What to Know When Considering a Backyard Fire Pit

When contemplating a backyard fire pit, it can’t be digging a hole in the backyard, throwing in some logs and a match. Just as when you choose a fireplace, inserts or stove, several factors need to be put into the equation to have a successful outcome. Things To Consider About Fire-Pits Personal taste Budget Ample […]

Do Gas Fireplaces Have A Flue?

Many homeowners are ready for a change and oftentimes this means a fireplace makeover.  They enjoy the ambiance of a fire.  However, the annoyance of continually replenishing wood reserves, cleaning up the ash, and calling in a chimney sweep every year is too much work. Gas Fireplaces An alternative to the wood-burning fireplace is a […]

The Purpose of a Chimney Damper

For most homeowners, a chimney is just that, a chimney.  Much of the population sees their fireplaces and chimneys as an accent piece; a let’s get romantic tool or keep warm when the power goes out. If not used properly, a chimney can cause your heating bill to skyrocket or perhaps even trigger a fire.  […]

We Can Find the Source of Your Chimney Leaks

Although masonry chimneys are durable structures, wear and tear, seasonal temperature changes, and intense storms can damage the masonry, chimney cap, flashing, and other components allowing water to leak inside the chimney. It can also increase the risk of fire and exposure to harmful gases making your fireplace unsafe to operate. If you suspect a […]

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