Our Chimney Sweeps Want You to Know These Things About House Fires

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House fires are very common in the winter months, especially in homes with wood-burning fireplaces. Knowing as much as you can about house fires can help you avoid some of the most common causes of them, which is why we would like to provide you with the following information. Chimney Fires Often Go Undetected  Chimney… Read more »

Signs You May Need Chimney Restoration

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Chimneys tend to be one area of the home that many people never think about except during the winter. For this reason, it’s not unusual for chimney repairs to be overlooked until major damage has been done. Chimney restoration could be needed to eliminate structural damage and ensure your chimney is safe. Here are a… Read more »

The Basics of a Chimney Inspection

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A chimney is an amazing addition to any house. However, sometimes people forget how much work they are to maintain. Having a chimney inspection performed is critical to making sure your fireplace is in proper working order. Below is a list of items that are commonly performed during an inspection. This process takes less than… Read more »

Is Chimney Cleaning Really That Important?

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When people think about house cleaning and home maintenance, chimney cleaning rarely comes to mind. But regularly neglecting your chimney could really cost you. A clean chimney ensures a fully efficient fireplace, which can save homeowners thousands over time. Frequent chimney cleaning also lowers the amount of smoke that can enter a house while the… Read more »

What to Keep Out of Your Fireplace

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Fireplaces are designed strictly to burn seasoned wood; however, that doesn’t stop a number of people from burning other things in them. Burning the wrong items can be harmful in more ways than one, which is why our chimney sweeps recommend you avoid placing the following things in your fireplace. Paper Products It’s perfectly acceptable… Read more »

Chimney Sweeps – Their Lore, Legends & Luck

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Chimney sweeps have been around for centuries, and, during that time, they’ve acquired some fascinating and unique lore, as befits the interesting service they’ve provided. According to legend, in 1066 a chimney sweep saved the life of King William of Britain. The sweep “swept” the king to safety from a runaway carriage. The grateful king… Read more »

Chimney Restoration: Don’t Try Doing the Work Yourself

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Van Nuys and the surrounding areas are known for their beautiful, historic architecture. It is part of the reason so many people are willing to plunk down more than $360,000 for a single-family home from a bygone era. Unfortunately for homeowners, the California weather can be rough on those old homes, including the chimneys. Overtime,… Read more »

The Importance of a Chimney Sweep’s Certifications & Professional Memberships

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For homeowners that rely on a fireplace as a primary or supplemental heat source during winter months, the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends having a safety inspection and cleaning of the home’s chimney or flue vent once a year. Homeowners who routinely neglect this crucial bit of home maintenance could be at risk for… Read more »