What is a CSIA Master Chimney Sweep?

If you have hired a chimney sweep or professional dryer vent cleaner in the past, you might know the value of searching for a CSIA-certified chimney sweep. The CSIA — the Chimney Safety Institute of America — is an industry leader in training, education, and...

The pros and cons of vent free gas logs

Perhaps no home-heating appliance is misunderstood like vent free gas logs. Vent free gas logs can be fitted into an existing open-hearth fireplace, or arranged in their own freestanding firebox. Vent free gas logs require only a gas hookup. They don’t require a...

Keep Chimney Swifts Out of Your Chimney

Your chimney provides an inviting environment for a variety of animals — from bats to raccoons — looking for a warm, sheltered place. One species of birds are particularly drawn to chimneys. They can be an especially big nuisance for homeowners: Chimney swifts. About...

Help, there’s water coming in my chimney!

April showers can bring some unexpected water into your home, through your chimney! The chimney is a common entry point for water into your home. There are several ways your chimney, or its supporting features, can fail and let water into your home. Often, the signs...