What Is A Chimney Rain Pan
Within the world of fireplaces and chimneys, there are several keywords you’ll hear with relative frequency. Those include masonry, firebox, flue, cap, crown, liner, and so on. However, a lesser-known but equally important term is rain pan. What is a chimney rain pan exactly? We’ll answer that plus three more […] Read more
Signs a Chimney Needs Relining
When you think about your chimney, you probably picture the visible portions of it. Those include your masonry, your cap, your crown, and of course the fireplace. Your masonry has another part to it as well: your liner, often referred to as your flue. From time to time, those wear […] Read more
When Is the Best Time of Year To Clean Your Chimney?
Homeowners who use the fireplace during the colder months sometimes wonder when is the best time of year for a chimney cleaning and inspection. Although there is an overall answer, there are also smaller cleanings you can do throughout the year. Today, we’re going to break each of those down […] Read more
Can A Dirty Chimney Make You Sick?
Spring cleaning is in full swing and you’ve likely got a laundry list of items on your to-do list. From dusting off the effects of winter in your garage or mud room to washing windows and baseboards to cleaning mattresses and more, there’s no shortage of tasks you need to […] Read more
What’s A Zero Clearance Fireplace?
Having a fireplace is one of those amenities many of us look for when buying a new home. If you ever decide to sell your house, it can often be a major draw for the potential buyer. One possibility to retrofit your home with a fireplace is with a zero-clearance […] Read more
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