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What to Do If You Suspect Mold in Your Chimney or Fireplace

You could have an unexpected hazard growing in your chimney. Have you noticed a distinctly musty odor coming from your fireplace that you suspect might be the sign of mold? If you have, your fears might be valid and it would be wise to contact a certified chimney sweep who has experience removing mold. Why does mold grow in chimneys? There […]

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Chimney

As winter finally moves on along and spring arrives once again, it’s the season when many people start getting active.  One great active move you can make every spring is taking a few minutes to look over your chimney and fireplace. Winters are hard on these structures, particularly if they’ve been used a lot in the cold season just ending, and […]

The Difference between a Chimney Crown, Chase Cover, and Chimney Cap

Your chimney is a workhorse constantly exhaling smoke, fumes and other contaminants while you’re enjoying the warmth of your fireplace or wood stove. That’s why it’s important for homeowners to not only understand the difference between a chimney crown, chase cover and chimney cap, but how they help protect their home and chimney. Together, these three critical components are the most visible, forming a protective barrier […]

Is Your Old Wood Fireplace Draining Your Budget?

Fireplaces and winter go together like campfires and toasted marshmallows. And there’s nothing more reminiscent of simpler times than living in a home with a handsome old wood fireplace and gathering around the crackling fire. But these old fireplaces, as decadent as they are, were not designed with energy efficiency in mind. After decades of standing up to the environment and adverse weather conditions, rotting and […]

5 Important Chimney Chores Homeowners Should Never Forget

With today’s hectic lifestyle it is easy to forget or put off our chimney chores for another day. There always seems to be something more important to do. And before you know it, months or years have gone by. But your chimney never forgets what it’s supposed to do. It will continue to pump the smoke out of the flue […]

How a Chimney Cap Installation Protects Your Home and Roof

Getting drips of water in the fireplace and chimney when it rains or snows may be a common problem for homeowners with a missing or damaged chimney cap, but it can lead to potentially dangerous home and roof issues. Typically, when a home is built the chimney remains exposed. In some cases, a rudimentary cement chimney cap is built above the crown. Cement […]

3 Important Benefits of Chimney Cleaning

All across the country millions of homeowners depend on the heat from fireplaces, wood stoves and other fossil-fuel heating appliances to keep their family warm during the winter months. Unfortunately, each year thousands of homeowners experience billions of dollars in property damages and injuries from failing to recognize the importance of chimney cleaning. In fact, there are more than 70,000 house fires annually causing […]

Why Price Matters When Hiring a Chimney Company

After several months of using the fireplace, wood stove and other heating appliances in the home its time to inspect and clean the chimney. And many homeowners often wonder if price matters when hiring a chimney company. The short answer is yes, but its only part of the equation. The other part of the equation […]

What is Chimney Spalling?

You’ve been admiring your chimney for years and it has been a workhorse throughout the long winters. But it’s not looking as handsome as it used to and you can’t seem to put your finger on the problem. Upon closer inspection, however, you notice that some of the bricks are broken while others seem to […]

How Much Does Chimney Tuck-Pointing Cost?

It may be time to give your chimney a much needed facelift. While bricks have a life expectancy of about 100 years, and stones can last even longer, the cement and other material (mortar) that holds the layers together deteriorates over time. Also, environmental conditions or previous structural damage like from a fire or flood […]

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