Month: October 2019

5 Fireplace Safety Tips for National Fireplace Month

5 Fireplace Safety Tips for National Fireplace Month

Summer is over and fall is bringing cooler weather which means that fire season is right around the corner. And while there’s something warm and charming about chestnuts roasting by an open fire, the reality can be far more dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions. Every year, there are nearly 375,000 house fires […]

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What is Tuckpointing?

What is Tuckpointing?

If the three little pigs taught us anything, it’s that brick is definitely stronger than hay or sticks. But that doesn’t mean brick structures are impervious to damage. When you find the mortar in between your bricks needs to be replaced, you’ll likely need to repair the wall with a masonry technique called “tuckpointing.”

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Do I Need a Chimney Cap?

Do I Need a Chimney Cap?

Most homeowners love their fireplace. It serves as a nice, warm spot to read on rainy nights or the place where the family gathers on those cold holiday mornings. And while people know the big picture requirements for owning and maintaining a chimney (like annual inspections and sweepings), they often forget to think about the […]

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When is the Best Time of Year to Get a Chimney Sweep?

When is the Best Time of Year to Get a Chimney Sweep?

The amount of work for a homeowner seems endless. Besides just the weekly tasks like mowing lawns or cleaning floors, there are also seasonal chores like fertilizing grass or shoveling snow. All of these jobs are important for keeping a happy, safe home but there’s one in particular that sometimes slips through the cracks: getting […]

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Why Can’t I Clean My Chimney Myself?

Why Can’t I Clean My Chimney Myself?

Old jeans? Check. Long broom? Check. That ugly shirt your mother-in-law gave you for your last birthday? Check. So you’re all set to clean out that chimney before winter, right?  Maybe not so fast.

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Why Is Creosote Dangerous For Your Chimney?

Why Is Creosote Dangerous For Your Chimney?

A lot of people have heard that creosote is bad for their chimney but haven’t really taken the time to learn why—or worse, they simply don’t care. But understanding what creosote is and why it is dangerous for your chimney is incredibly important for knowing how to prevent costly and potentially life-threatening fires in your […]

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Do I Still Need to Get My Chimney Checked If It’s Heated With Gas?

Do I Still Need to Get My Chimney Checked If It’s Heated With Gas?

Summer is over, the kids are back in school, and Starbucks is bringing back their seasonal pumpkin spice lattes, which can only mean one thing: winter is fast approaching. And as you’re watching your neighbors spend their weekends chopping firewood to get ready for the cold, you can’t help but be grateful that you don’t […]

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Fall Real Estate Marketing Tips

Fall Real Estate Marketing Tips

For most people, transitioning from summer to fall is an exciting time of the year. The leaves are changing, the air is fresh, and the holidays are soon approaching. For real estate agents, however, the autumn months can feel a bit…dragging. 

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