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Why You Should Have Your Chimney Relined

After a chimney inspection or when installing a new heating appliance, it is not unusual for a homeowner to learn they need their chimney relined. A flue liner is a significant expense, causing many to ask, “Is chimney relining necessary?” Researchers on chimney safety have an answer to that question. After comparing statistics on lined and unlined chimneys, experts concluded that it is borderline criminal for Read more…

Importance of Chimney Flashing

It’s unfortunate that some homeowners have spent thousands of dollars on rebuilding sections of their homes and having dangerous mold removed, when for a fraction of the cost they could have addressed the problem that led to all this: damaged or missing chimney flashing. The strips of sheet metal surrounding the base of your chimney Read more…

Claiming Homeowner’s Insurance if My Chimney Leaked

Standing alone, above your home, your chimney is especially vulnerable. Harsh winds, lightning, and falling tree branches can seriously damage your chimney causing a leak. Natural wear and tear on chimney components—such as the flashing, chimney cap and crown—can also allow water to get into your house through the chimney. Whether or not your homeowner’s insurance will cover water damage caused by a chimney leak usually Read more…

Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace Mantel This Spring

The arrival of an early spring was fraudulently predicted by Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog’s Day, causing disappointment among the masses. You don’t have to be downcast because of this misguided promise, if you have a fireplace at home. Decorate your mantel to match the delights of the season, and the anticipated blooms of nature will begin before very long. Spring is Best, According to Science Read more…

9 Ways to Enjoy Your Home Fireplace More

A fireplace is meant to be enjoyed. If that’s not happening at your house, help is on the way. You may need to crank up the fun, make fire-building and management easier, or get a fireplace upgrade. Which of these three types of fireplace issues best applies to your situation? No matter because there are ways to turn things around, regardless. Some solutions might be simple, and Read more…

Do I Need My Chimney Crown Sealed Or Repaired?

This is a smart question to ask, because a damaged chimney crown can lead to serious problems that are expensive to fix.  A chimney crown is made of cement and covers the entire top of the chimney except for the flue opening.  Its purpose is to protect the chimney from water, which is a chimney’s worst enemy. When water infiltrates cracks in the chimney crown, it will begin a process of Read more…

Eliminating Smoke Chamber Draft Problems

A mouthful of smoke is the last thing you want when you’re relaxing beside a warm hearth in your home. If your fireplace is venting smoke into your living room, the problem is most likely the smoke chamber. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), smoke chamber parging is one of the most Read more…

Freezing Temperatures Can Damage Your Chimney

Large potholes and cracked sidewalks in the spring demonstrate the big impact that freezing temperatures can have on masonry materials. The bricks and mortar of your chimney can be impacted in a similar way. You have the power to prevent this type of damage from freezing temperatures to your chimney. How the cold affects a chimney Masonry materials—such as bricks, mortar and cement—are incredibly Read more…

What’s Wrong With Your Fireplace?

Running a fireplace is a fairly easy task.  Maintaining and repairing a fireplace and chimney is a little more complicated.  This is because a number of problems can occur without you being aware of them.  These problems can lead to expensive repairs or rebuilding and in some cases dangerous operating conditions. Let’s look at four common things that can go wrong with your fireplace and chimney. 1. Obstructions Read more…

What is a Linear Fireplace?

A linear fireplace is a rectangular gas fireplace that provides a remarkable range of possibilities for complementing modern and eclectic décor. For your living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and patio, this may be the ideal addition. Whether you want to lower your winter utility costs or add the right ambiance to commercial space in a business Read more…

 

 

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