Chimney Fires

Chimney fires are serious! Temperatures in the chimney during a chimney fire can reach over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to destroy the chimney liner and possibly set the house on fire.

Hiring a chimney professional

In checking your chimney, a chimney professional can check all of the visible components of the chimney for damage, needed maintenance, and fire safety. A chimney professional is trained to look for dangerous or questionable conditions that a homeowner could easily miss.

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.

Odors: woodstove, fireplace, chimney

Todd Woofenden

There are several types of odors that could detract from your enjoyment of the wood stove. Creosote has a very strong, acrid odor, generally much worse in wet weather or in the summertime when the chimney is less effective in drawing the odor up the chimney.

Pellet Appliance Diagnostics and Repair

Contributing Author

Hearth and Chimney technology has changed since “August West” first started advertising in Mother Earth News in the 1970s. Modern appliances are much more sensitive, have control boards, electronic circuitry and UL listing requirements. Today’s “modern sweep” needs to be part electrician, hold multiple licenses and wear multiple hats.

NO VISIBLE EVIDENCE Will Be Used Against You

Contributing Author

Most people would construe “No visible evidence of insert applicable defect” to mean that the defect doesn’t exist.  But what the inspector meant to convey is that he/she didn’t observe any evidence of a defect.

The Duty to Warn - part 4

Oliver Beauchemin

For all potential legal matters arising from a home’s condition and any associated hazards, homeowners should check with their homeowner’s insurance carrier to understand their obligations and liability.

The Duty to Warn - part 3

Oliver Beauchemin

Inspectors should bear in mind that they serve as a licensee of the homeowner when it comes to their own duty to warn. If there is an imminent danger or hazard that can cause physical injury, the obligation to warn those who may be harmed outweighs any confidentiality they owe their client.

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