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Reasons To Install A Fireplace

With its warm and inviting atmosphere, there is nothing like relaxing next to the glowing flames of a crackling fire in the fireplace as a fresh scent fills the air. Fireplaces offer a lot of benefits in improving your home. Aside from providing a source of heat, they also add value when you plan to Read more

Why Ice Dams are Dangerous for Your Chimney

Chimneys are subject to being seriously damaged during harsh winter conditions, and ice dams are among the causes. Evidence of an ice dam typically comes in the form of icicles hanging from your eaves. When you see icicles, it is important to have your roof and chimney inspected to look for signs of ice dams, Read more

How to Address Your Leaky Chimney This Winter Season

With an average of 5.7 inches of precipitation and freezing conditions expected along the Atlantic Corridor, winter is a rough time of year for masonry chimneys. Winter precipitation is especially troublesome for chimneys. The constant freezing and thawing throughout the winter season can cause masonry cracks that allow moisture to leak inside the flue. It Read more

The Effects of Cold Weather on Your Chimney

Chimneys may appear sturdy and self-sufficient on snow-packed days, but they are vulnerable to the effects of cold weather. Snow and harsh temperatures can wreak all kinds of havoc on chimney exteriors. Such weather can also affect the chimney draft and the ability to enjoy crackling winter fires. Below, learn some of the effects of Read more

Can Chimneys Get Repaired in Winter?

Your chimney will need repairs from time to time due to age and normal wear and tear. It should also have an annual chimney inspection to determine if any repairs are necessary so a certified chimney technician can fix them before the winter season.  According to masonry experts, the best time for chimney repairs is Read more

Is There a Problem in My Fireplace Smoke Chamber?

The smoke chamber is a narrow passageway situated just above the throat damper at the bottom of the flue. Its cone-shaped design helps push the smoke and gases from the fire in the firebox up the flue to exit the chimney. The smoke shelf sits inside this chamber that aids in preventing the smoke and Read more

All the Basics on Gas Heating Stoves & Maintenance

Gas heating stoves come in stunning varieties and have high efficiency and easy maintenance that can boost your enjoyment of winter. There are several benefits of gas heating stoves that have made these heating appliances highly popular. The more you know about gas heating stoves, the greater the likelihood that you will want to at Read more

How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Burn Season Ahead

Winter is on the way; is your fireplace ready for the burn season? Typically, January and February are the coldest months of the season. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Atlantic Corridor, including Maryland, is expected to be wetter than usual. Here’s what you need to know to prep your fireplace for the upcoming burn Read more

Bees in Your Chimney? Do’s and Don’ts

Bees are most active in the warmer spring and summer months, and it is not uncommon for bees to build their hives inside the chimney. These tiny creatures can squeeze through small openings like the weep hole, masonry cracks, or chimney cap, for example. Once inside, you may hear them buzzing around as they get to work building their beehives. Read more

Schedule an Early Chimney Sweeping Before the Fall Rush

Something is just ahead besides changing leaves and cooler air and it’s the fall rush that chimney sweeps experience every year. Scheduling chimney sweeping early is recommended because nothing beats a glowing fire in the fireplace when the first real cold snap arrives. Qualified, trusted chimney sweeps like the pros at Complete Chimneys LLC typically get booked up pretty solid Read more