Month: August 2019

Why Does My Chimney Leak When it Rains?

Why Does My Chimney Leak When it Rains?

If you notice that your chimney leaks during heavy rain, you need to act quickly. Finding the exact source of the leak can prove to be a difficult task because of how complicated a home’s chimney system is. The moisture caused by a leaky chimney can lead to the formation of mold, rot wood, or […]

Learn More
Is Waterproofing My Chimney Necessary?

Is Waterproofing My Chimney Necessary?

Your chimney plays an important role in protecting your home against wind, rain, fire and anything else mother nature tries to throw at it. A well-built chimney can last for many years, but you need to put the work into maintaining your chimney for a long life. Waterproofing your chimney can keep it functioning smoothly […]

Learn More
What is the Difference Between a Chimney, Flue and Vent?

What is the Difference Between a Chimney, Flue and Vent?

Although chimneys may appear to be fairly simple structures, their makeup is actually much more complicated than most homeowners may realize. Your chimney may seem like it’s just the “cherry on top” for your roofline, but it serves a much greater purpose. You’ll find that chimneys come in all different shapes and sizes. The average […]

Learn More
Are Chimney Sweeps Actually Lucky?

Are Chimney Sweeps Actually Lucky?

When it comes to lucky symbols and talismans, chimney sweeps are right up there with four-leaf clovers, horseshoes, and the number seven. Chimney sweeps have long been considered a symbol of good luck; shake a chimney sweep’s hand, and some might consider you the luckiest person alive. But why? What is it about chimney sweeps […]

Learn More
The Dangers of a Cracked Chimney Flue

The Dangers of a Cracked Chimney Flue

The chimney flue, also known as the chimney liner, serves several important functions, all of which influence the safety and overall performance of your chimney. Damage of any kind–cracks in particular–can present an urgent safety hazard, and you will need to repair it before you can use it again.

Learn More
Why Is It Important to Clean Your Chimney?

Why Is It Important to Clean Your Chimney?

Although cozy evenings in front of your fireplace are irresistible, you need first to ensure that it’s safe. You do this by conducting regular chimney sweeps. A chimney sweep helps remove soot, built-up creosote, and other blockages.  According to a recent report by the National Fire Protection Association, the leading cause of home heating fires […]

Learn More
Does Burning Aluminum Cans Clean Your Chimney?

Does Burning Aluminum Cans Clean Your Chimney?

If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, creosote will inevitably build up. Chimney & Masonry Outfitters has provided trusted, reliable chimney cleaning service to homeowners in Nashville, TN and across the U.S. since 2011.  Our customers trust us to educate, empower, and equip them with the tools they need to improve the value of their […]

Learn More
How Do You Know When Your Chimney Needs Sweeping?

How Do You Know When Your Chimney Needs Sweeping?

Most homeowners know that they need to check their chimney regularly for any safety hazards. But how do you really know when it’s time to have your chimney swept? Read on to learn how to look for signs that a chimney sweeping is needed.  Why Chimney Sweeping Is Important Having your chimney swept regularly keeps […]

Learn More
Why Did Chimney Sweeps Wear Top Hats?

Why Did Chimney Sweeps Wear Top Hats?

When thinking of a chimney sweep, we instantly picture Mary Poppins’ right hand man, Bert. But before Bert and his well known cap, the chimney sweeps wore traditional black, a classic top hat, and maybe even tails.  Why dress up to clean up? There are many legends behind the reason chimney sweeps wear top hats. […]

Learn More
How Long Does a Chimney Sweep Take?

How Long Does a Chimney Sweep Take?

Every flue is different, so it is hard to put a universal time on chimney sweeping. However, on average, a thorough cleaning should take about 45 minutes to an hour. This time can increase substantially if there is creosote present in your flue, if the flue is damaged in any way, or if there are […]

Learn More