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The Road to a Healthy Chimney Begins with the Homeowner

Chimneys are amazing structures.  Because of them, you can burn fire after fire in your fireplace and always be safe from smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation as all of that gets channeled up the chimney and away from you.  However, when chimneys aren’t working properly, serious problems can result. How can you make sure your chimney is healthy and efficient?  Here are some tips. Smart burning Read more…

6 Things to Know Before Buying a New Chimney Cap

If you’ve been operating your fireplace without a chimney cap, you’re not alone.  Many homeowners bypass this piece of equipment, not realizing how important it is for the safety and proper operation of their fireplaces.  Chimney caps perform two critical functions:   ·      They prevent sparks and embers from flying out the top of the chimney and igniting the roof or nearby trees Read more…

Extend the Life of Your Wood Stove

When you invest in a wood burning stove, you want it to last. You should be able to use your wood burning stove as an effective, alternative heating source for decades. Like any wood-burning appliance, it may need to be replaced or repaired prematurely if it isn’t taken care of properly. There are 5 basic care and maintenance rules you should follow Read more…

Upgrade Your Prefabricated Chimney to a Modern, Safer One

A chimney on a masonry fireplace, built strong with resilient bricks and mortar, can last for decades.  But its counterpart, a prefabricated chimney, is like most other appliances in a home and eventually will need repair work and finally replacement.  Prefab chimneys simply aren’t constructed in a way that allows them to keep on running decade after decade.  If you have a factory-built chimney, here’s why Read more…

Typical Expenses with Chimneys

You’re buying a new home and will have a fireplace for the first time.  Or, you’re thinking of having a fireplace installed where you live now.  Either way, a fireplace is a wonderful amenity in any home and will provide you with years of beauty and enjoyment.  But like with any home appliance, fireplaces – and in particular, chimneys – need some care and maintenance to Read more…

How to Repair a Spalling Brick Chimney

Have you noticed that bricks on your chimney are cracked or crumbling? If you have, it means that your chimney has a spalling problem. “Spalling” or deterioration of brickwork is a common problem that occurs when moisture penetrates the bricks and mortar. As the moisture inside the masonry expands and contracts, it breaks it down causing it to crack and crumble. If this problem goes unresolved, Read more…

Refacing Your Fireplace for a Fresh New Look

A hearth area is one of a home’s central hubs.  People gather around a fireplace to socialize, watch TV, eat and relax.  If your hearth area has lost its appeal or never really looked the way you wish it did, you have a variety of refacing and amenity options to enhance the beauty of your hearth and give your fireplace a fresh, new look.  Here are a few: Read more…

4 Good Reasons to Call a Chimney Sweep

If you’re new to the world of fireplaces, you may not know exactly what a chimney sweep does.  Like the name implies, these professionals sweep (i.e., clean) chimneys.  But many also perform other important tasks such as diagnosing problems and making repairs and replacements.  Now that you know what a chimney sweep does, we want to talk about four reasons to call one of these technicians out to your home. Read more…

It’s Time for Spring Chimney Cleaning

The long winter is finally over. As the weather warms up, spring projects crop up that motivate us to get out of the house and get moving. While you’re finishing up your spring cleaning, working in your yard or tackling a new home improvement project, don’t forget about your chimney!  Whether you used your fireplace frequently throughout the winter or only a couple Read more…

4 Common Causes of Chimney Damage

Everybody loves a roaring fireplace and the relaxed mood it sets on a chilly or ice-cold winter evening.  But even with all the beauty a fireplace brings, there are some aspects of running one that aren’t particularly beautiful but are definitely necessary.  One of these aspects is the maintenance of the chimney. Even the sturdiest and most well-built chimneys will need  It’s important Read more…

 

 

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