5 Clear Signs You Need to Hire Chimney Sweeps

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To maintain a properly functioning chimney, it’s important to get occasional inspections and repairs. If you’re unsure of when you may need to hire chimney sweeps, here are some signs that it’s time to call your local chimney professionals. 1. Fires Aren’t Burning Well in Your Fireplace If you’re having a difficult time igniting a… Read more »

How Long Does a Chimney Last?

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A chimney has the potential to last just as long as your home. However, it could deteriorate sooner in certain situations. The longevity of this vital structure varies based on its design, features, location, usage, cleanliness and maintenance. Cap Does your home’s chimney have a cap? If so, it will probably last longer. This feature… Read more »

What Happens During a Chimney Inspection?

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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 »

Why Your Gas Fireplace is Producing Soot

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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 »

3 Items to Never Burn in a Fireplace

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If you use your chimney regularly, there is nothing you can do to prevent it from getting dirty. However, you can slow it down by burning proper seasoned wood in your fireplace. Yet, it is rare that seasoned wood is the only thing you burn in your fireplace. It seems like a sensible place to… Read more »

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 »

Do You Need to Have Gas Fireplaces Cleaned?

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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 »

Why Does My Chimney Make My Home Smell?

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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 »