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Converting to a Gas Burning Fireplace

Throughout the chilly winter months, millions of homeowners enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fire. But since wood-burning fireplaces waste most of the heat they generate, many homeowners are looking for a more energy-efficient heating solution without losing that authentic fire burning experience. Gas Fireplace Benefits Fireplace inserts are a quick, easy, and Read more

7 Tips for Responsible Chimney Care and Maintenance

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 chimney fires every year? And an overwhelming majority were the result of excessive creosote in the chimney. It also means that most chimney fires are entirely preventable with responsible chimney care and maintenance. Creosote is a natural by-product that is produced during combustion. It is a Read more

Choosing from Multiple Chimney Service & Repair Estimates

Life is often confusing. Gathering estimates for chimney repair and services, for instance, can result in bewilderment and frustration. One chimney sweep company quotes a very high cost. An unexpected caller or visitor at the door offers a phenomenally sweet deal on chimney services. Another quotes a middling price. With bids all over the place, Read more

Why You Should Hire a Professional to Clean Your Chimney

Your chimney is critical to keeping your home and family safe. And one of the most vital maintenance tasks is periodic cleaning. A clean chimney and fireplace ensure optimum performance and safety. Fire safety professionals and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend homeowners have a Certified Chimney Sweep clean the chimney at least Read more

Why Chimney Cleaning and Fireplace Safety Matter

With regards to home safety, more goes on than meets the eye in your fireplace and chimney. Experts in fire safety are all in agreement that a yearly chimney inspection is vital, no matter what type of fuel is used in the fireplace; this fact seems like a perfect “red flag” regarding the potential danger Read more

3 Most Common Chimney Problems

There’s nothing more elegant than a roaring fire on a cold winter evening to warm your home. But while you enjoy the warmth, your chimney can experience issues that can pose a safety hazard to you and your family. It can also negatively impact its heating efficiency. Regular ensures safe fireplace operation and maximum efficiency. Read more

Should I Reline and Insulate My Chimney?

Many older homes were built before modern building codes required chimney liners. Peeking inside an unlined flue of an early 1900’s home and you will probably notice burn marks, cracks and other damages indicative of one or more chimney fires. Today, most building codes require chimney liners. But they don’t last forever, and the liner Read more

Why You Need to Waterproof Your Chimney

On rainy days many homeowners are inside where it’s nice and dry. Perhaps relaxing on the sofa with a good book or playing games with the kids to keep them occupied. But outside your chimney is in a battle and Mother Nature almost always wins. That’s because water is the chimney’s mortal enemy. And it’s not only rain. The pounding sleet and snow, freezing Read more

Identifying the Reasons Behind Chimney Discoloration

As years and decades pass, chimney bricks often fade from the effects of blazing-hot sun. This is normal. Other types of chimney discoloration aren’t normal and may signal a need to address the problem immediately. Various stains can appear on the exterior bricks of a chimney. Here are those that are most common, what they Read more

Why You Should Have Your Chimney Relined

A well-built chimney can withstand years of intense heat and toxic exhaust gasses and the damage both can  cause.  But even the best-made chimney won’t perform optimally forever.  This is why there are chimney liners.  Made from several different types of materials, chimney liners offer the added protection you need to extend the life of your chimney and avoid many of the repairs that otherwise would be inevitable once a Read more