Questions To Ask A Chimney Sweep Before You Hire

What do you need to ask before you hire a chimney sweep. What are the qualifications of the chimney sweep? What happens if something goes wrong - Insurance? Is the chimney sweep properly trained…how do you know?

Four Pathways to Chimney Damage

Did the crown erode and let water in? Did the mortar weaken, allowing the crown to settle… causing a cracked crown letting more water in.

Time for Second Sweeping of the Wood-burning Stove Chimney

Marge Padgitt

Now that the wood-burning season is in high gear it’s time to think about scheduling another sweeping to keep the wood stove or insert functioning properly and reduce the risk of chimney fire.

Best time for chimney repairs

Contributing Author

Homeowners are told that the fall and winter months are not suitable for some chimney repairs and they should have this work done in the summer when the weather is better.  There are several good reasons for homeowners to act right now to get those chimney services performed before the good weather goes away!

Cast-in-place Flue Lining Systems

Marge Padgitt

Homeowners have asked chimneys.com for information on what types of flue lining systems are available for masonry chimneys and what the advantages or disadvantages are among them.

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.

Hire a Chimney Sweep or Do It Myself

Marge Padgitt

After seeing so many do-it-yourself projects on the DIY network, many homeowners believe that sweeping a chimney is easy, and attempt to do the work themselves to save money. That way of thinking usually ends in disaster.

Holiday Safety

Contributing Author

As the season turns colder, our fireplaces and woodstoves will be supplementing our heat and providing our homes a warm and inviting ambiance for our gatherings.  But the burning fireplace and hot woodstove can become dangerous places for young children and pets running around our homes.

Chimney Cleaning

Marge Padgitt

Black soot covering everyone and everything in its path as it falls out of the chimney and into the parlor is what many homeowners imagine when they think about having their chimney cleaned.  Fortunately, today’s modern chimney sweeps take precautions and use equipment that prevents this type of disaster.

A primary care physician - for your chimney?

Contributing Author

The public understands the importance of having a primary care physician.  Now the public needs to be aware of the importance of having a primary care chimney doctor to annually inspect and clean when necessary any chimney in use with any heating device. The public is careful choosing its primary care physician.  That same care should be used to choose their primary care chimney doctor.

Before you turn your clocks back

Contributing Author

Chimney fires can reach temperatures of over 2000 degrees.  Our chimney may fail to contain this heat and radiate these high temperatures to the structure of our homes.  The combustible areas surrounding your chimney may ignite resulting in a full scale structure fire. Many homeowners think because they do not burn wood on a regular basis, there is no danger.

Annual Safety Inspections for Your Chimney

Chad Murray

An annual safety inspection should be performed on every fireplace before its first fire of the year. Call a trained chimney professional who knows all the components of a chimney and fireplace to perform a visual inspection.

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