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Can Chimneys Get Repaired in the Winter?

Chimney sweep companies often encourage customers to schedule chimney repairs in summer, but it’s not merely an advertising ploy.  It’s about the question, can chimneys get repaired in the winter? The answer is, yes, it is possible. However, winter chimney repairs are only recommended in emergency situations. The cost is higher, and the masonry work Read more…

Signs Your Chimney Is Failing

When you look at your chimney, it might not be obvious that it isn’t safe to  use. There are however visible signs that will hint to you that maintenance needs to commence. Considering your chimney is one of the most vulnerable parts of your roof – since it’s different in design from the rest of Read more…

How to Dispose of Fireplace Ashes Safely

We know disposing of your fireplace ash is a messy and disorderly task, but taking the right steps to extinguish an unseen burn can be the difference between a safe and unsafe home. In fact, one of the major causes of house fires is the improper disposal of hot fireplace ash. Since ashes can hold Read more…

Winter Chimney Risks

The Long-Range Weather Forecast predicts temperatures below normal for much of Wisconsin in the 2021-2022 season. Winter poses several risks to chimneys, from freezing rain and snow to gusty winds and hail. Not only can it affect its structural integrity, but it can also make it unsafe to use your wood or gas-burning fireplace. Since Read more…

How to Safely Operate a Gas Fireplace

Many homeowners throughout the Wisconsin area enjoy the comfort and convenience of a gas fireplace for affordable home heating. They are easy to clean and maintain and are a safe heating solution for any home, including smaller homes, apartments, and condos. Some units even have a remote control so you can operate the fireplace without Read more…

What to Do When Your Fireplace is in Disrepair

Schedule needed maintenance is what to do if fireplaces and chimneys are in disrepair. Fixing a fireplace that is in a state of disrepair is rarely a feasible do-it-yourself project. Fortunately, Chimney Specialists, Inc. can provide trusted chimney and fireplace repair services throughout the tri-state areas of Southwest Wisconsin, Northwest Illinois, and Northeast Iowa. The Read more…

Dangers of Using Your Fireplace Without an Inspection

The warmth of a home fire on a cold day is a pleasure that cannot be denied, but it should at least be delayed until there has been a chimney inspection. Very real dangers are associated with using a fireplace without first making sure that the chimney is inspected by a qualified chimney sweep. How Read more…

Reasons You Should Budget for a Chimney Inspection

We understand that with rising fuel and other costs, many homeowners are trying to save money where they can. While it may be tempting to skip a chimney inspection, it could end up costing you more money in unexpected chimney repairs. Here are five important reasons to always budget for your annual chimney inspection. Dangerous Read more…

The Dangers of Neglecting Chimney Maintenance

Before you know it, it will be time to light up your fireplace. The winters in Madison, Southwest, Northwest Illinois and Northeast Iowa can be brutal, and you need a reliable way to keep warm. While it is essential to have a well-functioning chimney, maintenance is just as critical. If you choose to ignore your Read more…

The Importance of Maintaining Masonry Chimneys

Does your home have a masonry chimney? If so, there are many reasons why you should take the maintenance of this home addition seriously. Masonry chimneys should be inspected and repaired frequently. Many common issues come up with masonry chimneys that can either spread to other areas of a home or could cause complete failure Read more…



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Chimney Specialists, Inc
869 Main Street, Highland, WI 53543
(608) 929-4887

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925 Century Drive, Dubuque, IA 52002
(563) 582-5156

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