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Mortar Joint Cracking

Mortar is porous, allowing it to absorb water. Over time and with the addition of freezing temperatures, water can expand in the mortar until the joints become cracked, often with chunks of mortar falling out completely.

Liner Deterioration

Your chimney liner serves a vital purpose in your chimney system by channeling heat and gases up and out of the chimney and blocking the heat from causing combustible materials around the chimney from catching fire.

Do You Need Your Furnace Flue Cleaned?

Customers often (falsely) believe that their fuel or utility supplier provides furnace flue upkeep.

When Should You Schedule A Furnace Cleaning?

Before you install a new furnace or before you convert to a gas appliance, you should be sure that all areas are thoroughly inspected and cleaned.

Heavy Rain Can Mean A Leaky Chimney

Spring and summer rain showers and thunderstorms are often a welcome reprieve from the scorching temperatures.

How To Troubleshoot Black Smoke From An Oil Furnace

Black, gray or thick smoke coming from an oil-burning furnace is a sign of a serious problem and should be considered an emergency, whether the smoke is coming from the chimney, exhaust vent or combustion box.

Why Should You Clean Your Chimney Regularly And How To Keep It Safe

With temperatures falling, you are bound to spend a lot of your time indoors, but are your fireplace and chimney ready for it?

6 Reasons To Have A Professional Chimney Inspection

Chimney inspections are important for a lot of reasons, here are 6 of them.

How To Light Your Fireplace Pilot

The following demonstrates how to ignite your pilot light on a Napoleon gas fireplace.

How To Close The Chimney Flue

A flue directs smoke outside of a home when a fireplace is in use.

Incredibly Tall Chimneys: Perm State District Power Station – Russia

This is 1 in a series of unbelievably tall/prolific chimneys that we will be highlighting, resurrecting content archived from around the web.

Get The Most Out Of Your Chimney + Fireplace

Having tempered glass doors + a heat/air exchange on your chimney is one way to maximize the efficiency of heating your home.

What Is The Most Common Bird In Chimneys 2019?

The Chimney Swift is the only regularly occurring Swift in the East.

Cracked Chimney Crown

A leading cause of chimney leaks is cracks or damage to the chimney crown, which is the top of the chimney.

What Is The Best Time Of Year For A Chimney Cleaning.

Customers sometimes ask when is the best time to schedule a chimney cleaning. The answer is spring, summer, or early fall, to ensure your chimney is clean and working by or before fireplace or furnace season.

Why Chimney Sweeps Are Lucky

Chimney Sweeps are thought to be the bearers of luck, especially at weddings & for newlyweds. Why you ask? Let us share some stories as to how this thought came to be!

How Often Should You Have Your Chimney Swept?

While there isn’t a set formula for how often you should have your chimney cleaned, you should schedule an annual chimney inspection, especially if you are a regular fireplace user.

Damaged Chase Covers

While your prefab chimney may not have the other leak issues that stone and masonry chimneys can experience, an area exposed to leaks around the chase covers.

What Is Creosote?

Creosote is a highly flammable tar residue that can form when wood is burned incompletely.

How To Install A Chimney Cap

Installing a chimney cap is not too hard and the tools needed are minimal.

United States Fire Statistics

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) collects data from a variety of sources to provide information and analyses on the status and scope of the fire problem in the United States. Armed with this data, the fire service can use it to

How Tuckpointing Can Improve The Life Of Your Chimney

Tuckpointing is a process in which the mortar on your chimney is repaired or replaced.

Outdoor Fireplace Maintenance Tips: Brick Repair In North Carolina

Outdoor fireplaces are great for parties, family gatherings, and cozy nights by the fire.

How To Keep Your House Warm In Winter

There’s growing concern about the price rises from energy companies in the US.

Why You Should Not Remove 3rd Degree Creosote From Tile Liners

In tile-lined chimneys, it’s the exceptional chimney that has good mortar joints.

How To Get A Bird Out Of A Fireplace Or Chimney

Dealing with a bird in a chimney or fireplace can be a stressful situation, not only for you but for the bird as well.

How To Replace Fire Bricks In A Wood Stove

Fire bricks line the floor and walls of your wood stove to protect the steel from excessive heat.

Gas Appliances And Your Masonry Chimney

What you don’t know about your chimney can hurt you – especially if you have a gas-heating appliance that uses your masonry chimney as a venting system.

Chimney Caps Vs. Chase Covers: Know The Difference

An important component of any chimney system is the top of the chimney.

How To Remove A Chimney Sweep Brush

You deserve a pat on the back if you've recently taken on the task of cleaning the chimney yourself.

Flue & Chimney Cleaning Chemicals

Wood-burning fireplaces are warm, cozy and attractive, but they require proper maintenance, or the consequences could be quite severe.

Identifying The Types Of Chimney Discoloration

Many homeowners may incorrectly assume that any discoloration on their chimney’s is just a sign of age and use.

How To Clean A Chimney

If your home utilizes a wood stove or fireplace, and you have a hard time recalling the last time it was cleaned, chances are that is long overdue.

Get The Most Out Of Your Chimney + Fireplace

Having tempered glass doors + a heat/air exchange on your chimney is one way to maximize the efficiency of heating your home.

Installing Tempered Glass Doors On Your Fireplace

Snuggling up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate is living the American dream.