Fireplace leaks

Water leaking into a fireplace chimney is a nuisance. Water should not leak into your fireplace. If it does, first be sure you have a chimney cap to keep water from running freely down the flue.

Chimney Repair - Chimney Covers

Marge Padgitt

All chimneys need a cover to keep damaging rain and animals out and the best time to have a cover installed is before fall arrives.  Not all covers are made the same, however, and that can mean costly repairs for the homeowner if the correct cover is not used.

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.

A chimney without a cap

Golden's Chimney Lining

Imagine how much water would come into your home during a rainstorm if you had a hole in your roof twelve inches square. Chimney flues may be even larger than that, so where does all that water go? It runs down the chimney and seeps into the bricks and mortar, settling behind the firebricks.

Total Coverage Chimney Caps

Chad Murray

Chad with MastersServices.com says “Raccoons live, breed, and die in chimneys. The proper chimney cap keeps out any animal envaders and any water damage causing large money repairs.

Animal in the chimney

Todd Woofenden

If you hear animals in your chimney or if you smell something coming from your chimney that you suspect is from animals (dead or alive), call your chimney professional.

Creosote

Todd Woofenden

One of the great misunderstandings in the world of woodstoves is how creosote fits into the picture. Contrary to popular belief, creosote is not an inevitable product of wood burning. Creosote forms when wood is burned incompletely, and is an indication of improper use, poor installation, or a poor wood stove design.

Smoky woodstove: smoky on wet days in other rooms

Todd Woofenden

Some stoves seem to work just fine except when it is wet out. If this seems to be the case, pay close attention to the weather when you have smoking problems. It is easy to confuse wind-related problems with rain-related problems.

Smoke Signals: Have a question about your chimney?