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Level 1 vs Level 2 Chimney Inspections

We frequently talk about the importance of chimney inspections. These act as your primary line of defense against problems such as leaks and house fires. As the former can happen even with an inactive chimney while the latter from a chimney that hasn’t been properly swept, we think it’s important […] Read more

How Long Should A Chimney Crown Last?

Have you ever heard of a chimney crown? If you’re familiar with the various components of your chimney system, you probably have heard of it once or twice. It should last for a long time — but how long should a chimney crown last exactly? Let’s dive in to find […] Read more

Does My Chimney Need Tuckpointing?

Over time, your chimney will need maintenance. This can look like small tasks, such as cleaning the ash out of your fireplace or cleaning your gas burners. It can also involve annual upkeep, such as replacing a busted crown and removing creosote from your flue. Your chimney’s masonry also will […] Read more

Preventing Rust On and Around Your Chimney

Many homeowners are probably well aware of rust, whether from seeing it on a vehicle or an old shovel in their garage. Your chimney can also be susceptible to rust. This can, in turn, lead to a variety of issues. Here are several tips to prevent rusting on or around […] Read more

Why Chimney Flue Tiles Crack and How To Repair Them

Today we’re going to look at two simple questions: why do chimney flue tiles crack and how can you get them fixed? “Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “What is a chimney flue tile?” That’s a great follow-up question. Although many homeowners think of the visible brick and mortar […] Read more

Prepare Your Fireplace For a Winter Storm

Winter is upon us. Along with that comes snow, ice, periods of warming and freezing, and even extreme storms. All of these various weather fluctuations can lead to damage to your chimney structure. Is your home ready to face an unexpected situation such as this? If not, here are some […] Read more

How To Avoid Chimney Repair Scammers

Now that homeowners across our region are starting to use their furnaces, those with fireplaces will also want to start to use them from time to time. Unfortunately, less than reputable individuals know this and will try to scam owners out of their money. Here are six warning signs to […] Read more

How Dampers Can Decrease Energy Consumption

Today, we have a small request to ask of you. Walk over to a nearby door or window and open it. Oh yeah, and leave it open all day long. We’re willing to bet you didn’t just do that, and probably thought to yourself “It’s way too cold right now.” […] Read more

Get Your Chimney Ready for The Falling Leaves and Snow

Fall is in full swing and many of the trees in our area have already shed their leaves. By now, you’ve probably had to rake them up more than once or twice. And before you know it, winter is going to be here. Along with that will come snow and […] Read more

Spice Up Your Fireplace Decor for the Fall

Your fireplace or wood-burning insert is likely the gathering place of your home. It’s the spot where your whole family cuddles around a warm, cozy fire at the end of a long day. It also provides an excellent focal point for beautiful fall-themed decor. Many decorative options range from simple […] Read more

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