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Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Fire Pit

Fire pits have become such popular outdoor furnishings that they are second only to chairs, says the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA). Fires are always a hit, indoors or out-of-doors. Glowing flames are like magnets that draw Buy the Best Quality Possible It can be tough to keep a fire pit in good condition. The […] Read more

How to Know When to Call a Chimney Sweep

Properly maintaining your chimney is the best way to keep it safe and efficient year after year. When things go wrong within your chimney system, you might be able to handle minor repairs or adjustments yourself. In certain cases, however, chimney issues need to be addressed Trouble with a leaky chimney It’s not uncommon for […] Read more

Before Buying a Home with a Chimney, Know This!

It is exciting to buy a home, especially one with a fireplace. Do not sign on the dotted line, however, until you have taken a few important steps that could prevent you from making a mistake. A common error homebuyers make is assuming that the work of the home inspector provides assurance about the condition […] Read more

Do Chimney Sealants Really Make a Difference?

Masonry chimneys are highly susceptible to moisture from rain, snow, sleet, and ice. The design of chimneys helps to protect them from moisture intrusion, but vigilance is necessary to avoid major damage. Some chimney experts recommend having waterproofing aka chimney sealant applied to help keep moisture out, but does chimney sealant truly make a difference? […] Read more

Did Winter Weather Damage Your Chimney? Now’s the Time to Find Out

After a hot summer, many homeowners are ready to begin preparing for the winter season. Putting snow tires on the car, buying winter coats for the kids, and storing the patio furniture, is an annual winter ritual for many. Another family pleasure is relaxing in front of a warm fireplace. While many families are enjoying […] Read more

Keeping Your Fireplace Danger-Free

It’s smart to look at a fireplace and see more than just the potential for a lifetime of moments with loved ones next to a cozy fire in winter. Fireplace and chimney systems are fraught with potential dangers! There is nothing to worry about, however, as long as you schedule annual chimney inspections, get needed […] Read more

Is Your Chimney Adding to Your Heating Bill?

Do you consider it one of the nicest pleasures of winter when you get cozy near a blazing fire? Is your fireplace a favorite gathering place for your family? It’s much easier to enjoy your fireplace when you don’t know its dirtiest secret. It’s not the creosote in the chimney flue, even though the tar-like […] Read more

How to Maintain Your Pellet Stove for Performance and Long Life

Pellet heating stoves are fantastic appliances that produce plenty of comforting heat and look great while doing it. Without proper maintenance, however, even the best-made pellet stoves can begin to perform poorly and actually become dangerous to operate. Fortunately, maintaining your pellet stove isn’t complicated or difficult. Here are some tips. Clean the air passages Pellet […] Read more

Scheduling Your Inspection: Being Proactive – Not Reactive

Every year thousands of homes go up in flames because of poor chimney maintenance. You can prevent this from happening to your home by proactively scheduling a chimney inspection every year.  80% of fire-related deaths in the U.S. are caused by house fires. Most of those fires begin in the fireplace or chimney. That’s why […] Read more

8 Questions to Ask Before You Get a New Chimney Liner

During chimney inspections, a chimney professional looks for any deterioration that requires repair. When the chimney liner is checked, a special video camera is used. If there is as much as a small crack in the liner, repair or replacement is needed. Chimney liner repair is impractical if there are clay tile liners, which is […] Read more

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