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You might know why having a regular chimney inspection is important, but you might not know what happens during the process. A reliable chimney sweep will give you the rundown of what all they checked during the inspection, but if you have never been informed, here are what we are checking. Damage to the Flue… Read more »

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Most people think of chimney sweeping as something that’s needed only once per year. As such, they never think of it until they are ready to begin using their fireplace. While chimney sweeping is needed before winter, you may also want to consider it after a storm – here’s why: #1. Inspect your Chimney for… Read more »

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The cooler winter months seem to bring an influx of home buyers, especially in the California market, and homes with fireplaces are in high demand. If you’re the one selling your home, you may wonder why your chimney needs to be inspected – can’t you leave that to the buyer? Like the question, the answer… Read more »

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Have you noticed that the decorative logs, glass, or walls of your gas fireplace are starting to get a soot-like substance on them? If yes, then it needs to be investigated. Gas fireplaces are typically tuned specifically to produce either yellow or blue flames, and typically produce very minimal soot. So, if you have noticed… Read more »

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Animals often discover that a chimney provides warmth, protection from the elements and a great place to build a home. For the animal, a chimney can be paradise, but animals living in a chimney brings a great deal of distress to a homeowner in several ways. Birds, raccoons, bats and squirrels are the most common… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Gas Chimneys

While even new homeowners know that regular cleaning is required for ash and carbon-producing wood fireplaces, there is some question as to whether the increasingly popular gas fireplaces have the same need. After all, they aren’t burning wood, they are burning propane or natural gas, so are they producing the same dangerous creosote that will… Read more »

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Ideally, you should never be able to smell your chimney inside your home, but it does attract an odd smell over time. The creosote byproduct of burning wood will build up on the masonry, leaves can get in and start to decay, leaks can lead to an unpleasant moldy smell, and unfortunately sometimes creatures get… Read more »

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During warm weather, your fireplace is probably not at the top of your mind. However, it’s important to have your chimney inspected before winter arrives. Scheduling a chimney inspection during summer or fall will let you safely enjoy your fireplace when winter comes. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends having your chimney inspected… Read more »

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In Europe a few centuries ago, chimney sweeps were commonly children as young as six years old. Young children did this job because, given their size, they could go from bottom to top inside narrow chimneys to remove soot, obstructions, etc. Children completing this dangerous of a job was eventually outlawed. And, thankfully, today’s chimney… Read more »