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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…

Preventative Maintenance Cuts Chimney Repair Costs

A chimney, along with all components of a fireplace system, requires specific maintenance tasks to keep it running the way it was intended.  You can save significant money and decrease the risk of a dangerous catastrophe simply by performing or having performed a few basic preventative maintenance jobs on your chimney. An inspection by a licensed, certified professional should be the first step toward Read more…

If your Chimney is Tilted or Pulling Away from your House, Look Out!

Is your chimney leaning or pulling away from your house? Please exercise caution because it could fall and seriously injury someone, in addition to causing costly damage. A leaning chimney is not a rare occurrence, though there is only one leaning tower of Pisa. There are many possible reasons for a tilting chimney or one Read more…

Where to Locate a Fireplace to Minimize Backdrafting

If you’re building a new home or doing some renovations to your current one and are ready to start planning for a new fireplace, you’ve got several important matters to consider.  One of them is where to locate the fireplace to minimize backdrafting. You probably know this, but it bears stating: a fireplace/chimney system works Read more…

4 Reasons You’re Having Trouble with Your Fireplace

With proper usage and maintenance, fireplaces run mostly trouble-free, year after year.  But once in a while, a problem arises.  When people complain that they’re “having trouble with their fireplace,” it often boils down to one of four reasons. Damper closed: Is smoke backing up into the room?  The degree of smoke that’s entering the Read more…

 

 

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