Category: chimney

How do I Know If My Chimney Needs Restored?

How do I Know If My Chimney Needs Restored?

Having a fireplace in your Indiana home is a huge benefit during the chilly falls and blistering winters. You can receive direct warmth and a cozy ambiance that a furnace or boiler just cannot match. However, your chimney is just as important for the functioning of your fireplace as your actual fireplace. A damaged chimney […]

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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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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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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, but it also plays an important role in ensuring that you can enjoy a safe fire.

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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?

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