Things on Your Chimney Sweep’s Inspection Checklist

A chimney sweep is a professional who has the requisite tools and training to ensure that you can use your chimney without worry each winter. A sweep must be certified, and carry out each inspection in a professional manner. After an inspection, the homeowner will receive a detailed report. Here is some information that will […]

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Reasons to Have Your Chimney Cleaned at Least Once per Year

  The maintenance of a chimney is not something to be taken lightly. Professionals encourage homeowners to get them cleaned and inspected annually even if they are used only a few times. A clean, well-maintained chimney is also a safe one, so there are good reasons to make this small investment each year. Fire Prevention […]

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How to Spot Damage on Your Masonry Chimney

  Masonry, while being extremely strong and the choice of siding for many homes, is porous and susceptible to water damage. It needs to be sealed every three to five years to prevent water penetration. You can usually see signs of water damage if you know what to look for. So that’s what we’re going […]

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How Important is a CSIA Certification for a Chimney Sweep?

  You’ve seen other chimney sweeps doing business throughout town, and they don’t appear to be CSIA certified; so what’s the deal? Is certification really necessary for a chimney sweep? We’ll give you some information about the industry and let you make that decision. What is the CSIA? The CSIA, or Chimney Safety Institute of […]

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Cold Weather and How it Affects Your Masonry Chimney

  The cold weather of winter affects everything. We notice things like aching joints and the fact that it takes longer for our car to start and warm up. But we don’t always notice things like brick and mortar, or asphalt – until they begin to crumble or a pothole develops in our usual route […]

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5 Things that Will Cause Water Damage to Your Chimney

  A chimney leak is more than a nuisance; it can lead to severe structural issues and interior damage to the home. Fortunately, water damage is usually easy to detect, and professional sweeps are always able to pinpoint the cause of the leak. Water entering the top of the chimney. One of the simplest causes […]

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5 Reasons Your Chimney is Leaking

Finding water or moisture inside your chimney is never a good thing and it is a problem that you will want to solve sooner than later. Thankfully, there are only a few reasons why your chimney could be leaking, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get to the cause of the issue. Here are […]

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Which is the Best Chimney Sealant – Silicone or Polyurethane?

  All areas surrounding the chimney and other flues on your roof must be watertight or you will start to notice water damage on the ceiling or walls inside your home. Two of the most popular sealants are silicone and polyurethane. Both work very well, but you still need to know the differences before making […]

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Mistakes You Might Make When you Inspect Your Own Chimney

  The DIY concept has become so popular among homeowners that many of them take on jobs they lack the technical expertise to handle. Chimney inspection and cleaning easily fall into this category, and the potential for danger from fires or flue gases should cause concern. This does not mean that you shouldn’t take an […]

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Looking for a Challenging DIY Project? Build Your Own Hearth for Your Fireplace

  The hearth protects your flooring and walls from fire. Most hearths are bricked boxes that have few stylistic qualities unless you take the time to add them. The functionality, after all, is what the builder is going for. Consider building your own hearth for the fireplace if you’re looking for something uniquely yours and […]

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