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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…

Is it Time to Call a Chimney Sweep for Help?

In Wisconsin, folks get a lot of use out of their fireplaces.  Whether it’s for supplemental heating or simply the beauty that a fireplace brings to a home, we operate our fireplaces regularly during the cold winter months.  Because of this, chimney and fireplace systems often need professional attention to keep them running optimally. When cleaning, inspection and repair are necessary, a licensed, certified Read more…

Is Mold Growing in Your Home’s Chimney?

A chimney is the last place that you might expect mold to thrive. Many homeowners do not realize how susceptible the chimney system is to water issues that can create the perfect environment for mold. Household mold flourishes in dark, damp, humid environments. Just like basements, crawl spaces, and ventilation ducts, chimneys are very vulnerable to moisture. How does water get into a chimney? The Read more…

What You Need to Know About Chimney Draft Problems

The exhaust system employed with a fireplace and chimney really is an amazing operation.  While humans designed the physical units, Mother Nature has always provided the draft, without which a fireplace would become a disaster. If a fireplace’s natural draft is interfered with, smoke can pour into your house and residents may be subject to CO poisoning.  If you’re having chimney draft problems, Read more…

Health Hazards Caused by Chimneys and Wood Fireplaces

For all the enjoyment a wood-burning fireplace can bring to a home, it also can bring some health risks if not operated properly.  Fire is beautiful to look at, but the byproducts of fire are not good for people or animals.  In particular, we’re talking about smoke, creosote, chimney soot and carbon monoxide. Let’s look at some of the known health hazards associated with wood-burning fireplaces Read more…

The 5 Most Common Chimney Issues

A chimney may look like a secure, low-maintenance structure, but looks can be deceiving. Chimneys are vulnerable to many different problems, and homeowners can cut repair costs and ensure chimney safety with routine inspections and needed maintenance.  Five of the most common chimney issues are: creosote buildup, chimney obstruction, cracks in the flue, masonry deterioration, and a damaged chimney crown. 1-Creosote Creosote is a byproduct of Read more…

 

 

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