Category: chimney

When is masonry repair required?

When is masonry repair required?

Structures designed with masonry are made for performance and durability, not to mention the aesthetic component. However, even the most soundly designed and constructed masonry buildings eventually require periodic maintenance. Over time, environmental factors, weather, chlorides, and pollution all contribute to the need for repairs. In this article, we will help explain how to recognize […]

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What is a chimney inspection?

What is a chimney inspection?

A chimney inspection is a service performed to look for buildups and blockages, followed by sweeping to remove problems inhibiting performance. In this article, we will outline what is involved in a good chimney sweep, as well as the three different levels of a chimney inspection that are available to you. A good chimney company […]

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How the Freezing and Thawing Cycle Can Affect Your Chimney

How the Freezing and Thawing Cycle Can Affect Your Chimney

The freeze/thaw cycle can cause significant damage to the bricks and the mortar of your chimney. Indiana weather can be all over the place sometimes, and although those surprise warm and sunny days we get in the middle of February are nice, did you ever stop to think what that nice, warm weather is doing […]

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Will Homeowners Insurance Cover Chimney Repairs?

Will Homeowners Insurance Cover Chimney Repairs?

When it comes to homeowners insurance covering chimney repair, there is good news and bad news. The good news is, damage that occurs as a result of a sudden, unexpected incident will usually be covered. The not-so-good news is that any damage resulting from normal wear and tear is typically never covered. To determine if […]

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Why Does My Chimney Smell In The Summer?

Why Does My Chimney Smell In The Summer?

In the middle of this hot Indiana summer, it’s likely that you haven’t thought much about your chimney. That is, until you could no longer ignore that persistent musty, smoky odor. It’s normal for a chimney to have a scent, but if your chimney is noticeably smelly, especially in the summer, there is an issue […]

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The 3 Stages of Creosote Buildup You Should Know About

The 3 Stages of Creosote Buildup You Should Know About

Many homeowners know the buildup of creosote inside a chimney is dangerous. It can cause poor chimney performance and even lead to a chimney fire if left untreated. What many may not know are the different stages of creosote buildup and how it can impact their chimney service. If you haven’t had your chimney serviced […]

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Chimney Sweep FAQS

Chimney Sweep FAQS

A chimney sweep is critical maintenance that ensures the integrity of your chimney and the safety of your home. Of course, for such important maintenance, you want the assistance of a professional with experience and expertise. That said, homeowners should also have the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their chimneys and their homes. […]

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The 3 Levels of Chimney Inspections

The 3 Levels of Chimney Inspections

An annual chimney inspection is paramount for the health of your home. Whether or not you use your chimney regularly, you need to ensure that it stays functionally safe and efficient. While most homeowners know the importance of a regular chimney inspection, many are unaware of the different degrees of chimney inspections and what type […]

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What is Tuck Pointing and Why is it Necessary?

What is Tuck Pointing and Why is it Necessary?

It’s no wonder that masonry is a favorite construction method among builders and homeowners: masonry is beautiful, versatile and durable. However, to ensure that durability, masonry structures must be periodically maintained. In particular, masonry mortar is vulnerable to elements. Over the years, harsh winter weather and precipitation can penetrate and weaken the mortar joints of […]

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Choosing the Right Liner for Your Chimney

Choosing the Right Liner for Your Chimney

The chimney liner, though sometimes overlooked, is essential to the proper functioning of your chimney. Chimney liners serve two key purposes: they transfer combustion byproducts to the outside air and protect chimney walls from heat and corrosive damage. An ineffective, or nonexistent, chimney liner can be dangerous and cause serious issues for your home, including […]

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