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Signs You Need Chimney Repair

An old chimney can be a thing of beauty, but how do you know the difference between a little character and a costly problem? Like most things, if a chimney is neglected, minor issues can become major in a short period of time. If you have a fireplace that you do not use regularly or... Read more

Winter Fireplace Safety Tips

The weather is getting cooler and the Christmas decorations are out. There’s no doubt that firewood will be chopped for lighting up the fireplace this season. The most important thing is to have a professional chimney inspection and cleaning before that first fire. Chestnut roasting shouldn’t be the only thing on our minds. Safety is... Read more

Winter Chimney Risks

For many of us, having a fireplace is part of owning a home.  Some look forward to winter to use it regularly.  Chimneys give us a welcoming environment even though wind and snow are blowing outside. Chimneys need maintenance, like many parts of a home; this is especially true in winter.  If a homeowner hasn’t... Read more

How to Safely Operate a Gas Fireplace

Once the decision is made to install a gas fireplace into a home, the man of the house breathes a sigh of relief. He is no longer lugging in wood, no more splinters, ashes, cleanup, or all the other menacing chores that accompany a wood-burning fireplace. However, some precautions still need addressing before a gas... Read more

Can I Prevent Chimney Creosote Build Up?

There isn’t any way to prevent creosote build up on the inside of your chimney.  Several feeble attempts were made to discover a process to inhibit build-up; sadly, none were successful.  We have found cleaning and inspection were the only way to make a chimney clean and safe. DIY “Remedies” Homeowners Have Tried To prevent... Read more

Do you have any of these 7 Common Chimney Problems

Anyone trying to buy a home is looking for as much bang for their buck as possible.  Their checklist has more than a few items to look for.   There are good neighborhoods, good schools, a great floor plan, and sometimes how much storage space the house has.  However, with all the amenities, buyers often overlook... Read more

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting

Most modern appliances come with an owner’s manual.  In that manual, there will be a ‘Troubleshooting’ section to allow the owner to attempt to repair or at least recognize the problem. If you have purchased a home with a gas fireplace and the owner failed to leave the owner’s manual.  This blog will give you... Read more

The Critical Jobs of a Chimney Damper

Summer is coming to a close.  When the leaves start to change, Old Man Winter isn’t far behind.  It is in these colder months when fireplaces and chimneys are used the most. Before building a fire in your fireplace, one fixture of your chimney stands out from all the others.  That fixture is the chimney... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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