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Why Should You Worry about Your Chimney and Fireplace When It’s Warm Out?

May 23rd, 2016

We know that in the summertime, few people have their chimneys on their minds. But if your chimney has issues that go ignored for too long, it can become a serious headache when winter arrives. When you take care of chimney problems or routine cleaning this summer, you can make things a lot easier for the rest of the year. Take a look at some examples.

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Spring Cleaning Is About More than the Visible Parts of Your House

May 16th, 2016

Spring is a time for rejuvenation, transforming your house from a somewhat cluttered, dusty space to something that feels more like home. Therefore, most people tend to focus on organization when it comes to spring cleaning, and dusting off the parts of the home they can see.

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Always Wanted a Fireplace? Consider a Wood Stove

May 10th, 2016

You’ve always wished for the warmth and coziness that a fireplace brings to a room, but your home just wasn’t built for it. For a classic vintage look and feel, a wood stove may meet your needs. You can retrofit a wood stove into your home, as long as you have a fireplace and chimney expert install proper ventilation and follow all building codes and safety precautions.

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Don’t Forget about Your Dryer Vents This Spring

May 9th, 2016

Spring cleaning is a time for you to clean out your closets, throw out what you don’t use, and clean off the rest. Throughout the process, you might end up with a lot of laundry, washing towels, curtains, spare bedsheets, and of course, your usual clothing loads. And the more you use your dryer, the more at risk you are for a dryer-related fire—if you haven’t had the dryer vents cleaned out this year.

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Why Smoke Gets into Your Home When You Use the Fireplace

May 2nd, 2016

You light a fire in your fireplace, assuming that you’ll feel more comfortable in no time. But shortly after you build a fire, smoke is sent through the fireplace and back to your home. This is a scary problem that often deserves professional attention in order to prevent fires and other health and safety issues. We’ve provided the list below so that you can ask yourself a few questions before you call in a technician, and know what to tell the chimney sweeps when they arrive.

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3 Ways Your Chimney Could Be Unsafe

April 25th, 2016

We know that in the springtime, many homeowners are not really thinking about the condition of their chimney. However, if you’ve got any of the following issues with your chimney, it’s so important that you find out and seek services ASAP, for your continued safety and for your health. Check out our list of ways your chimney might be unsafe, and then call our team to schedule an inspection!

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Should You Worry about Vines Climbing Up the Chimney?

April 18th, 2016

The look of vines climbing up a home’s walls can add beauty to the structure. A bit of color on your walls and on the roof is always a nice touch, and it add to the charm of nearly any home. However, there are some concerns you might not think of when it comes to the greenery on the side of your home. But our experts are often cautious about letting the growth get out of control, at least when it comes to your chimney.

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What You Should Know about Structural Issues and Your Chimney

April 12th, 2016

A fireplace adds warmth and beauty to the inside of your home, while a chimney gives a welcoming look to the outside of your building. Sometimes, chimneys are so old and worn, they can have structural damage on the outside that you may or may not notice. When you do notice the issue, however, you might think it adds even more of a vintage look and feel, with the occasional masonry damage just adding quirkiness to your home. However, there are some things you should know about your chimney and how structural damage can really affect you.

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Installing a Wood Stove without a Chimney Already in Place

April 11th, 2016

When a heating system generates heat, it also generates a number of byproducts that need to move out of your home (unless it’s an electric system). Smoke, carbon monoxide, and other contaminants need to be contained in the chimney so they can vent away from your home. A chimney is a necessity when you install a wood stove or fireplace, but if you don’t have a chimney already in place, it can still be retrofitted into your home so that you can get all the benefits of a wood-burning comfort system.

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Why Should I Schedule Chimney Cleaning in the Spring?

April 4th, 2016

Many homeowners don’t think about the importance of having their chimney cleaned in the spring, if at all. But given the workout your fireplace gets during our cold winters, it makes sense that this is something that should be a top priority. Don’t wait until you need to use your fireplace next fall to schedule a chimney cleaning appointment: here are some reasons you should schedule this for spring.

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