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Heat your Home the Eco-Friendly Way: With a Wood-Burning Stove

If you have been looking for a good way to help save the environment, look no further than using a wood stove as a heat source in winter. While a wood stove may seem like a throwback to colonial times, today’s wood-burning stoves are actually modern marvels. You can enjoy the […] Read more

5 Answers to the Question: Why Does my Fireplace Stink?

There is much to enjoy about a fireplace, and for some people it’s the fragrance of certain types of logs as they burn.  There are times, however, when the smells coming from a fireplace are unwelcome and downright unpleasant.   When a professional chimney technician cleans and inspects your chimney, most […] Read more

4 Types of Moisture-Related Chimney Damage

Chimney damage caused by moisture is common throughout our service area, from Galena, IL, to Madison, WI, to Dubuque, IA.  One of the most important reasons to get an annual chimney inspection is to determine if there is an unseen problem, such as water damage, and get the issue repaired […] Read more

Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Chimney Sweep

If you ever get a phone call with an offer to clean your chimney at a huge discount, beware!  There are scam artists in the upper Midwest posing as qualified chimney sweeps.  Their goal is to accept your money as payment for work they have no skills to perform.  Many […] Read more

Chimney Cleaning & Spring Cleaning Go Together

A thorough housecleaning project may be a lot of work, but the results and benefits are worth it.  To get the most enjoyment out of a good spring cleaning, you can’t leave out the fireplace and chimney.  A beautiful fireplace is always the focal point of a room; and it […] Read more

8 Signs that Chimney Repair is Needed

It doesn’t always require the expert eye of a professional chimney sweep to see evidence that a chimney is in need of repair, which is fortunate.  Fireplace safety begins with having a sound fireplace and chimney system that is operating properly.  A damaged chimney is a hazard, and it should […] Read more

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