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What to Do When Crumbling Bricks Are Spotted

It’s happened to a number of homeowners just like you- after a few years of neglecting your chimney, you look up one day to see its bricks crumbling and cracking and then notice broken pieces on the ground. If this scenario has happened to you and you are at a […] Read more

Common Chimney Problems 

If you own a home with a chimney, chances are you’ve run into an issue at some point along the way. As you may know, they’re typically small and easily fixed. However, a good maintenance plan can often limit issues you may run into. If you have a chimney, it’s […] Read more

Ways To Give Your Chimney New Life

Don’t you love the old architecture of years ago? The large stately buildings that soar into the sky. Beautiful brick fireplaces. Over time it has been made clear that regulations need to be adjusted to make burning a fire safer. Changes in safety codes have been made over the years […] Read more

Why Is Your Chimney Discolored?

Today, we have a small task for you to complete. Are you ready? Picture your chimney. What colors do you see? If you said red or orange for the brick, along with gray or white for the mortar joints, perfect! However, if you mentally pictured any other color, pause. That […] Read more

Can I Use My Fireplace In The Summer?

Summer is finally here! Hopefully, you’ve been able to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather recently. Of course, just because we’re officially in the middle of the season doesn’t mean every day is a scorcher. Some days are hotter than others, and occasionally it can get chilly in Wisconsin […] Read more

Why Relining Your Chimney Is Worth It

It’s time for a short pop quiz! Are you ready? It’s a simple yes or no question: should all chimneys have an internal liner? If you answered “Yes,” then you answered correctly! Every functional chimney has one, and sometimes those liners wear down after a while. Let’s take a few […] Read more

Why Now Is The Best Time For Chimney Repairs

Do you have plans to visit family this summer? Or, will you be away from home on a much-needed vacation? Either way, while you’re out enjoying the warm weather, there is one home maintenance task you should schedule with a Chimney Specialists technician ASAP. Of course, we’re talking about fixing […] Read more

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

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