When Critters Call Your Chimney Home

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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 »

Understanding the Importance of Annual Chimney Inspections

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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 »

Why Your Chimney Needs Regular Inspection

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Every house with a chimney needs an inspection of this structure at least once every three years. Why? Chimneys allow smoke and dangerous gases to safely vent to the outdoors from a fireplace, wood stove, or a fireplace insert fueled by gas. When something goes wrong with a chimney system, the potential consequences include exposure… Read more »

Your 5-Step Guide to Preventing Chimney Fires

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When you bought your home, it’s unlikely that you were you handed a how-to guide on keeping your chimney and fireplace safe. The fact is, the beautiful fireplace you enjoy snuggling in front of with family and friends during the colder months needs proper TLC throughout the winter season (and beyond!). This 5-step guide will… Read more »

3 Common Summertime Problems Best Caught by a Chimney Inspection

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Summer is the season of warmth and relaxation. For most homeowners, this means that their chimney and fireplace are last on their mind. After all, it’s too warm for fires inside the house and if you’re not using your fireplace, you don’t have to worry about maintenance, right? Unfortunately, even when your fireplace isn’t seeing… Read more »