Negative House Pressure Can Cause Multiple Problems

Marge Padgitt

Negative house pressure is a common problem that can cause fireplaces and wood-burning appliances to smoke, and gas appliances to backdraft deadly Carbon Monoxide gas. This is probably the least understood house issue, but one that usually can be corrected.

Chimney Repair - Gas Logs

Marge Padgitt

Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the impression that gas logs, gas stoves, and gas direct vent fireplace inserts never need any maintenance.  This may have been what the salesperson said at the time of purchase of the appliance, but it is definitely not the case.

Are you an animal lover? part 2

Contributing Author

Responsible homeowners will install proper chimney protection such as a chimney cap with a screen to keep out animals from nesting.

Are you an animal lover? part 1

Contributing Author

As we begin to enjoy the warmer weather of Spring, homeowners should remember this is the time of year that our local wildlife in our residential communities are looking for a good place to build a nest and raise their young.  Your chimney, if left open to entry from outside, is an attractive looking place for raccoons, squirrels and birds to build their nests.

Gas Company Told Me my Flue is Blocked

Marge Padgitt

A blocked utility flue serving a gas water heater, furnace, or boiler can mean serious problems.  A blocked flue can cause deadly Carbon Monoxide back up into the home, and is the primary reason for shutting down the system when this occurs.

Smoke Signals: Have a question about your chimney?