Essential Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Chimney

Chimney sweep at work cleaning a chimney out of soot

With winter on its way out, it’s almost time for spring cleaning once again. As the temperatures rise and the sun shines longer, spring is a great time to give your home a thorough cleaning, and that includes your chimney. After a winter of cozying up in front of a crackling fire, your chimney is […]

Is It Too Late to Get a Chimney Inspection in Winter Months?

Technician Conducting Chimney Inspections

The wintertime is certainly when you use your fireplace the most. Unfortunately, you got too busy this fall to have your chimney inspected and now we’re officially in prime fireplace season. Now you’re wondering if it’s too late to get a chimney inspection and you’re considering going ahead and enjoying a winter of cozy fires. […]

Getting Your Chimney Ready for Winter

Chimney sweep at work cleaning a chimney out of soot

As you put away your patio furniture and pull out the winter clothes, don’t forget about your chimney. Using a fireplace or woodstove can keep heating costs down while simultaneously creating a wonderful ambiance in the home. To start the season with a clean chimney and follow these steps to prevent chimney fires. 1. Cut […]

Chimney Chases & Chimney Chase Covers

A plaster chimney chase with a metal chase cover and tall exhaust pipe

Fireplaces and chimneys seem like a basic concept to homeowners, but there are many parts to a chimney that you probably don’t know much about: such as the chimney chase and chimney chase covers. Understanding the parts of your chimney can help you maintain it for future use, while also keeping you and your family […]

Chimney Leakage Problems? What to do with a Leaky Chimney

close up of chimney with chimney flashing around it on roof

Having a fireplace is great-having a leaking chimney is not. If you’re having problems with water seeping through on a chimney wall—that’s a sign of a chimney leaking problem. Chimneys require maintenance to fix if they’re leaking. Your chimney is constantly exposed to the elements. This exposure really takes a toll on your chimney system including […]

Do You Need a Chimney Cover to Stop Birds from Nesting in Your Chimney?

An owl who has built a nest in the crown of an old chimney. Birds who build their nests inside of active chimneys can put themselves and the homeowner at risk.

Birds are adorable, winged creatures—except when they’re in your chimney. For millions of homeowners, birds present a problem in their chimney flue. The top of the chimney is also a popular nesting area for birds. Having birds or other critters trapped in your chimney is a recipe for disaster. Your chimney needs to be clear […]

Bee Problems? How to Get Rid of Bees in Your Chimney

Honey bees filling their hive with honey and nectar. When bees decide to build their nest inside a chimney, it could cause problems for the homeowner.

When it comes to owning a home with a chimney, there will be times that homeowners need to give the chimney a thorough cleaning. Most of the time, the chimney will only need a simple annual cleaning, but there are times when a homeowner may discover an extra unwelcome guest living in their flue. We […]

A Guide to Repairing Masonry Chimneys with Spalling Bricks

A masonry chimney with many spalling and crumbling bricks. Spalling bricks present a danger to the structural integrity of a house and to the safety of homeowners.

If you’ve noticed your chimney bricks have started to flake and crumble, then I have some bad news for you. Your once-lovely chimney is now suffering from a condition known as spalling brick. Spalling brick is an issue that plenty of chimney owners in colder climates have to deal with, but this article should give […]

Chimney Damper Repair | How to Identify a Broken Damper

wood fire burning in fireplace allowing smoke to escape through open damper

Your chimney damper controls the flow of smoke that rises through your chimney and is responsible for ventilation. When these become damaged or completely break, it dramatically impairs your ability to use your fireplace effectively. Continuous heat and cold air from fires and downdrafts warp or crack your chimney damper through continued use and seasonal […]

Causes and Sign of Chimney Downdraft and How to Prevent It

smoke rising from the top of a chimney that does not have chimney downdraft issues

Chimney downdraft is a serious problem that most homeowners encounter at one point or another. It can cause carbon monoxide detectors to go off, impair breathing, and impact your heating and cooling bills by hundreds of dollars per year. If your chimney has a downdraft, you need to pay attention to it and develop a […]