Month: April 2016

Concrete Steps: When is it Time to Repair

Concrete Steps: When is it Time to Repair

If you are a homeowner, then you know how quickly repair costs can add up. So you want to be wise about when and how you update, especially if you’re on a budget. When it comes to concrete, it’s fairly obvious when it is damaged. After all, no one really wonders if they should do […]

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Smokey Chimney?

Smokey Chimney?

Homeowners will occasionally call in inquiring, “why is my chimney smokey?” Or report smoke coming into the home from their chimney. The chimney is designed and constructed to pull air up, out, and away from the home. However, there are a few common reasons you may be experiencing what industry professionals refer to as a […]

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Making a Home Sellable in a Season That Lacks Color and Vibrancy

Making a Home Sellable in a Season That Lacks Color and Vibrancy

Winter may not be ideal for selling a home, but to say it’s impossible to sell isn’t necessarily accurate either. My folks are actually looking to sell a home at the moment! As the winter months move in, my mother has become a bit more cynical about the possibility of selling. Less than thrilled, she’s […]

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Winter May Not Be Considerate of Your Chimney, but You Should – Part 2

Winter May Not Be Considerate of Your Chimney, but You Should – Part 2

Address Deteriorated Mortar Joints This doesn’t need to be too in-depth. The mortar joints are the grayish (generally speaking) mortar that you see between the bricks of your chimney (or home). Just like the concrete crown, as the effects of weathering take a toll on the masonry, the mortar joints can begin to deteriorate. These […]

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Winter May Not Be Considerate of Your Chimney, but You Should – Part 1

Winter May Not Be Considerate of Your Chimney, but You Should – Part 1

Things are cooling down, well…they are trying we think. October was a bit warm and November is now oddly warm, but it doesn’t sound like the majority of our homeowners seem to mind the warmth! Regardless, the Winter will be on it’s way soon enough, and it isn’t asking your chimney if it is ready […]

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Can You Avoid Creosote?

Can You Avoid Creosote?

Not if you’re burning wood – it’s a pretty inevitable byproduct of burning wood. Byproducts are the unburned gases and particles that move up the flue, and as they do, once they get to the walls of the flue system (be it clay flue tiles or stainless steel liners) they begin to cool quickly. There […]

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What is a Chimney Fire?

What is a Chimney Fire?

Chimney fires are fires that occur further up in your flue system as a result of reignited creosote or other highly flammable byproducts due to consistent fires or combustion. The cause of a chimney fire is a dirty chimney that has not been properly inspected. Chimney sweeps serve to remove the dangerous build up of […]

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How to Start a Fireplace Fire

How to Start a Fireplace Fire

It is time — there’s nothing quite like a cozy fireplace-fire to enjoy with your friends, family, roommates, yes — all of those people and more! But lighting a fire in the fireplace is not something you want to regret. So, here we go: CLEAN & CLEAR THE CHIMNEY A Chimney sweep is always a […]

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Meridian Kessler

Meridian Kessler

The Meridian-Kessler neighborhood stands as one of the staples of the historic grandeur within the city of Indianapolis. The once called Maple Road, is now known best to Indianapolis residents as 38th Street and is the southern-most zone of what is the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood. The slow migration of wealthy families to the current Meridian […]

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What is the Best Type of Wood to Burn in Your Fireplace?

What is the Best Type of Wood to Burn in Your Fireplace?

Hardwoods – Hardwoods are the best wood to use for fireplace, stoves, furnaces and other wood-burning appliances. The density allows them to burn longer, and thus making them a more efficient type of wood to burn. We did some research here, because while the short answer is pretty straight forward, we wanted to give you […]

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