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.

Collapsed Chimney May Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Ron Herman

When chimneys are in disrepair, the updraft stops working. Gas can seep into your home, and that poses a serious danger for your family. Deadly carbon monoxide gas can seep into your home, and it will silently poison your family. It’s important to have your chimney inspected and invest in chimney repair to protect your home and your loved ones.

Cleaning a Chimney: Chemical Chimney Cleaners


You’ve seen advertisements for products touted to “clean your chimney.” Are they effective? Are such products a replacement for the services of live, trained, professional chimney sweeps?

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!

Spring Chimney Sweep

Chad Murray

Chad Murray, Certified Chimney Professional, says the spring is the best time to get your fireplace and chimney serviced. It may be hazardous to your health not getting it serviced in the Spring.

Should I have my fireplace and woodstove cleaned now?

Marge Padgitt

All flues should be swept in the early spring at the end of the wood-burning season in order to remove smelly, flammable creosote that can cause damage to chimneys during months the chimney is not used.

End of burning season, what should I do?

Contributing Author

It is not too early to start thinking about what to do at the end of the wood burning season.  Your stove and fireplace system have been in service since the early fall and there are several reasons to develop your plan for chimney service at the end of the burning season.

Should I have my fireplace and woodstove cleaned now?

Contributing Author

2011 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey reported that 12% of all American homes now burn wood as their main source of heating fuel, compared to only 7% of homes heated with fuel oil. This change represents a doubling of wood heat use in homes and a reduction of 5% for oil fuel usage.

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.

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