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How to Care for Your Chimney & Fireplace in the Winter

Chimney care is important to ensure that you can enjoy your fireplace throughout the winter. Proper upkeep of your fireplace will also help to ensure that the fires can keep burning all season. Most agree that a fireplace is a pleasure, but many people don’t realize how important it is to schedule chimney maintenance and Read more…

What are Ice Dams and Why Are They Chimney Hazards?

Even as you enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire in your fireplace, did you know that ice dams can form and create a chimney hazard? The wintry season is tough on chimneys in general, but ice dams are little-known threats that can cause tremendous damage to chimneys, roofs, and a home’s structure. Below, learn Read more…

Cold Weather and Your Chimney

While homeowners are enjoying a warm and relaxing fireplace fire, the cold weather outside is having an impact on the chimney system. Masonry chimneys are constructed with porous materials, and the cold and wet winter weather can accelerate its normal deterioration. The cold outside air can also affect the air pressure inside the home and Read more…

Building A Safe Fire in Your Fireplace

If the warmth of a crackling fire in the fireplace brings back memories of camping under the stars, telling stories, and toasting marshmallows over an open fire. You’re in luck. Building a safe fire in the fireplace is very similar. There are three ingredients to building a fire: seasoned firewood, kindling, and tinder. One of Read more…

Chimney Dangers and How to Prevent Them

Fireplaces are much loved for the ambiance and warmth they provide, but there are potential chimney dangers that can be prevented with regular maintenance. Thousands of home fires occur every year because of dirty chimneys. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other leading fire safety organizations recommend that everyone with a chimney schedule an Read more…

Potential Dangers of Remodeling Factory Built Fireplaces

Factory built fireplaces are popular alternatives to the more expensive masonry fireplaces, but there are potential dangers involved with remodeling a home with a pre-fab unit. The biggest advantage of a factory-built fireplace is that the manufacturer fully tests the units before installation. Each prefabricated fireplace is designed, assembled complete with a chimney, and tested. Read more…

Issues Resulting From a Faulty Chimney

A faulty chimney is potentially a threat to home safety and, at the very least, it is a sign of the need for chimney repairs. Chimneys are vulnerable to moisture, and they also depend on various factors to operate properly. For instance, there must be airflow in the home to enjoy a fireplace that isn’t Read more…

Benefits of Regular Chimney Cleaning and Inspections

The benefits of chimney cleaning and annual chimney inspections may be surprising. If the benefits were widely recognized, everyone with a masonry fireplace would prioritize chimney maintenance. Tending to household safety and upkeep are matters that should always include the chimney, even though it’s a bit out of sight and out of mind. Benefits of Read more…

Get Your Fireplace Ready For The Upcoming Holiday Season

The first task to get your fireplace ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the entire Holiday Season just ahead is to schedule a chimney inspection and cleaning with a qualified chimney sweep company. By Halloween, many—if not most—chimney sweeps are booked into December. It’s important to know the condition of your chimney before starting the season’s Read more…

How a Chimney Fire can Damage Your Chimney

Chimney fires come in all sizes. It’s pretty clear the type of damage that can be done by a full-on fire in your chimney. But chimney fires often are relatively small and start and go out on their own. Still, damage can be done by these fires, and if you don’t know about it, that Read more…

 

 

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