Chimney leaks and water damage

Most homeowners take great care of their chimney when it comes to protecting it against damaging soot, dangerous creosote and even potential fires. However, one of the biggest threat to your chimneys is actually water damage. Over time, water leaks in your chimney can...

What is a prefabricated fireplace?

If you’re looking to add a fireplace to your home, your mind probably turns first to the style you’d like to achieve and the fuel type you prefer. There’s one other fireplace decision you’ll have to make when you begin shopping around: traditional masonry fireplace or...

What to Do About Birds in Your Chimney

Birds are a welcome sign of spring. As they hop around the yard and fill the air with their songs, they add to the pleasant ambiance of the season and signal that warmer days are ahead. But birds aren’t always a pleasure in spring: Sometimes they find their ways into...

Chimney Questions? Ask Jeremy!

At some point, every homeowner faces questions or concerns about their chimney. Whether you’re a new homeowner wondering about care and maintenance of your hearth appliance, or whether you’re a homeowner who has been handling and caring for their fireplace for a long...

Carbon Monoxide FAQs

Every winter, we hear stories about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, and we see sad news stories featuring victims of the invincible, odorless gas. That leaves many people with questions about carbon monoxide poisoning and how to keep their families safe....

How to Properly Dispose of Fireplace Ash

Did you know there’s a right way to dispose of your fireplace ashes? Improper disposal of ashes can lead to burns, create a fire hazard or pose a carbon monoxide risk. Safe disposal of fireplace ash is simple; it just requires following a few steps to ensure that the...

Troubleshooting Your Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces are fantastically easy to operate. You flip a switch, and the fire ignites — except when it doesn’t. From time to time, your gas fireplace or gas heating stove might not light as it should, or it might act up and make odd noises or generate odors. While...

Why Gas Fireplaces Need to be Serviced

The No. 1 reason homeowners choose gas fireplaces over their wood-burning counterparts is convenience. Unlike wood-burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces turn on instantly and don’t create the ash and smoke that wood fires do. That isn’t to say that gas fireplaces don’t...

Common Interior Chimney Repairs

There are more components of a chimney than homeowners realize, which can make the prospect of interior chimney repairs confusing. When your chimney sweep tells you that your needs a fix on the inside, it can be difficult to comprehend what’s going on. To avoid being...

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