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Why You Should Install a Chimney Cap

Why You Should Install a Chimney Cap

The winter months will be here before you know it. When the temperature outside gets chilly, there’s nothing like relaxing by the cozy, warm fireplace. Your chimney system not only adds charm to your home, it also plays an important role in ensuring that you can enjoy a safe fire. Unfortunately, your chimney can also […]

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8 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace

8 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace

Thanks to modern-day technology, most homeowners no longer have to light a fire to stay warm during the colder winter months. Even so, nothing quite beats cozying up next to a crackling fire. Since you’ve been a responsible homeowner and kept up with your annual chimney inspections, now that the temperature outside has started to […]

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How Can I Prevent a Chimney Fire?

How Can I Prevent a Chimney Fire?

In the U.S., chimney fires account for over $120 million in property damage annually.  Over 25,000 chimney fires occur each year, causing major damage to the structure of the home and resulting in serious injuries or even death. Damaged chimney liners or a damaged chimney structure can create major problems for a home. This is because […]

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Is it Normal for Rain to Come Down My Chimney?

Is it Normal for Rain to Come Down My Chimney?

If you’ve been hearing a dripping sound coming from your chimney after a heavy rain or noticed moisture and stains on the wall near your fireplace, you likely have an issue that must be fixed by a professional. Rainwater trickling into your fireplace is not normal. In fact, it is a telltale sign that there […]

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Is Chimney Cleaning a DIY Job?

Is Chimney Cleaning a DIY Job?

You know that your chimney needs to be cleaned regularly, but maybe you find yourself wondering whether hiring a chimney sweep is really necessary. You maintain and clean the rest of your home, so how hard could chimney sweeping really be? The reality is, however, that cleaning your chimney really is not a DIY job. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. Before you call upon the certified […]

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What is Creosote? How Does a Chimney Sweep Prevent It from Causing a Chimney Fire?

What is Creosote? How Does a Chimney Sweep Prevent It from Causing a Chimney Fire?

When discussing chimney care, it is likely you will hear the words “dangerous” and “creosote.” But what is creosote? Our chimney sweeps can help educate you on what creosote is, as well as give a proper chimney inspection and sweeping to keep any danger out of your home. What is it? Creosote is a byproduct […]

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Why Your Brick Home Should Take the Rilem Tube Test – Kourtney’s Coffee Club Giveaway

Why Your Brick Home Should Take the Rilem Tube Test – Kourtney’s Coffee Club Giveaway

What’s the rilem tube test? Good question! It’s designed to test water intrusion into your home, and as  Kourtney Zahn, Owner, Chimney & Masonry Outfitters explains, not all people are aware that their masonry is actually porous. Kourtney’s Coffee Club: Kourtney says he LOVES coffee and believes coffee helps create moments – moments around the fireplace, […]

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