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Dangers of Neglecting Chimney Cleaning, Repair & Maintenance

A clean chimney that’s in tip-top shape will do its job safely and efficiently. If a chimney is neglected and you fail to schedule regular cleaning, repair work and maintenance, a chimney can become a very dangerous part of your home. Keeping your chimney in good working order isn’t difficult. Here are some guidelines. What […] Read more

What Type of Fireplace Do I Have and How to Tell

When homeowners contact chimney sweeps with questions about their heating appliance, they are often asked, “What type of fireplace do you have?” Understandably, most people don’t know how to answer that question. It’s easier, however, to communicate with service professionals when you know your appliance type. Some helpful tips follow on how to tell what […] Read more

The Dark Side of Neglecting Masonry Chimney Maintenance

Chimneys may seem like simple, sturdy structures that can safely be ignored, but danger is lurking when you neglect chimney maintenance. Though they have few moving parts, chimneys have important functions that help keep homes safe. When things go wrong and chimney problems are ignored, the cost of repair and risk of danger continue to […] Read more

How to Use a Fireplace or Wood Stove to Heat Your House

Not many homeowners want to be dependent on the price of energy to keep their homes warm in the winter. And if you’re home happens to have a fireplace or wood stove or you’re thinking about installing one, you’re probably wondering if you can use it to heat your entire house like a central air […] Read more

Installing Fireplace Inserts: An Easy Way to Switch to Gas

Busy families sometimes avoid the hassles involved with using their wood-burning heating appliances. Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, are popular with families on the go. What’s exciting is that traditional wood fireplaces can often be converted to a gas fireplace insert. With the ease of pushing a button on a remote control, you could […] Read more

Prevent Fireplace Heat Loss

That special ambiance created by a wood-burning fireplace is toasty and inviting, with the crackling logs, dancing flames, and woodsy aroma. On the practical side, however, a traditional open-hearth fireplace loses most heat up the chimney. You’re actually fortunate if even 10% of the heat produced by the fire goes into your home. The dirty […] Read more

Getting Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

When you’re enjoying the warm and sunny weather, cleaning your fireplace and chimney is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Let’s face it. It’s a chore that few homeowners enjoy. But we all know that colder weather is on the way. That’s why now is the perfect time to prepare your chimney and fireplace […] Read more

Handling Multiple Estimates for Chimney Service & Repair

When you request estimates for needed chimney repair, it’s important to understand that choosing the cheapest bid isn’t necessarily the best option. Chimney scams are common occurrences, and the way scammers get their foot in the door is with a low bid. Legitimate chimney sweep companies can also have bids that differ significantly, which can […] Read more

Tips to Prep for First-Time Fireplace Use

Sitting snugly by the glow of a fireplace in fall and winter is such a delight, though starting a fire for the first time can be very intimidating. It’s no wonder since our age of electronics is such a far cry from primeval acts shared with cavemen. Well, today’s homes and fireplaces are definitely upgrading, […] Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Delay Your Annual Chimney Inspection

The chimney performs one of the most vital safety functions yet is often overlooked during routine home maintenance. For many homeowners that use the fireplace only a few times a year, having a chimney inspection isn’t a top priority. But this assumption can be dangerous. There may be excessive creosote, weather-related damage, water leaks, and […] Read more

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