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What to Do If Your Chimney is Leaking

What to Do If Your Chimney is Leaking

What to do If your chimney is leaking. April showers bring May flowers…but they can also reveal chimney leaks.  Over the winter, it may be hard to identify a chimney leak, but when warmer weather brings rain they can be apparent. Leaking chimneys are a very common issue that Indianapolis homeowners deal with throughout the […]

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Do You Need a Chimney for a Gas Fireplace?

Do You Need a Chimney for a Gas Fireplace?

Do you need a chimney for a gas fireplace? Traditional wood fireplaces are common in many older Indianapolis homes, but gas fireplaces are becoming more and more common. Homeowners around the Indianapolis area are adding or renovating fireplaces and considering gas options.  Gas fireplaces are quick and easy to operate, do not require the hassle […]

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Is It Normal for Water to Come Down the Chimney?

Is It Normal for Water to Come Down the Chimney?

Is it normal for water to come down the chimney? While Indianapolis isn’t known for intense rainfall, some seasons present more moisture than others. When it does rain, it’s important to evaluate how your house responds.  Do you notice any raindrops hitting the bottom of your fireplace? This may seem normal, as your fireplace extends […]

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Can Cracked Bricks be Repaired?

Can Cracked Bricks be Repaired?

Can cracked bricks be repaired? Brick adds a charming element to any Indianapolis home. In older homes, it was used for external walls, but even newer Indianapolis homes may include brick chimneys or other features. There’s no doubt about the beauty of brick, but like any material, it faces wear over time.  Extreme weather, stress […]

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Can You Install a Wood-Burning Fireplace in An Existing Home?

Can You Install a Wood-Burning Fireplace in An Existing Home?

Can you install a wood-burning fireplace in an existing home? Fireplaces are excellent additions to Indianapolis homes because of the warmth and comfort they provide. There’s nothing quite as cozy as snuggling up in front of the fireplace during the cold Indiana winters. However, not all homes came with a fireplace.  That leads many homebuyers […]

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Can You Vacuum Ash From a Fireplace?

Can You Vacuum Ash From a Fireplace?

Can you vacuum ash from a fireplace? Cleaning the ash from your firebox is an important part of fireplace maintenance. While it’s not incredibly difficult to clean ash from the fireplace, it can be a bit messy and time consuming, which leads many homeowners to wonder if they can use their vacuum cleaner to remove […]

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Does a Gas Fireplace Need to Be Cleaned?

Does a Gas Fireplace Need to Be Cleaned?

Does a gas fireplace need to be cleaned? Most Indianapolis homeowners understand that a wood-burning fireplace must be cleaned yearly, many still raise questions about the cleaning needs of a gas fireplace. Since gas fireplaces burn natural gas or propane, it’s not always clear if they produce the same creosote as a fireplace that burns […]

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Is a Damper and a Flue the Same Thing?

Is a Damper and a Flue the Same Thing?

Is a damper and a flue the same thing? Having a fireplace is incredibly beneficial for the cold Indiana winters, but it also comes with a big responsibility. To keep your fireplace working and safe, you must perform the proper fireplace and chimney maintenance. Keeping track of all the different parts of your fireplace can […]

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How Often Should You Have Your Chimney Inspected?

How Often Should You Have Your Chimney Inspected?

Have you ever wondered how often you should get your chimney inspected? The answer is somewhat complicated. It depends on a couple of factors. First, there are guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association that everyone should follow. But second, it depends on how often you use your fireplace, and how much creosote buildup you […]

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How Do I Start My Fireplace For the First Time?

How Do I Start My Fireplace For the First Time?

How do I start my fireplace for the first time? You might think starting a fire in your fireplace for the first time will be easy. When they think of a fireplace, most people imagine relaxing placidly by an already perfectly formed, lovely fire. They don’t think about the preparation behind the fire. There are […]

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