Five Surefire Signs of Chimney Moisture Exposure

  Chimney’s must not only endure the ravages of winter, they have to deal with rainy periods as well. This exposure to the elements is the main reason why experts recommend strict chimney maintenance. The problem with moisture exposure is that it is easy to miss. High humidity and light rain can become problematic. Here […]

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Dos and Don’ts When You Spot a Crack in Your Chimney

  Have you ever been to a ghost town or the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy, where complete chimneys seem to be standing amongst the ruins of the rest of the buildings? It is enough to make a person to believe that chimneys can last forever without any problems. However, that is not the […]

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Causes of Mold in Your Chimney and How to Prevent it

  You may think that mold can only grow in old abandoned buildings that are not maintained or cleaned. However, that could not be further from the truth. In fact, did you know that you could have mold growing in your chimney right now and you might not even be aware of it? It’s true! […]

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3 Common Problems that You May Find in Your Older Chimney

  There are times that chimneys can survive much longer than the buildings that they stand next to. That isn’t surprising if they were constructed properly from masonry and taken care of over the years. However, that isn’t to say that they do not have their issues after being used for so many years. Here […]

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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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