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What to Do With Your Fireplace in Warm Weather

The fireplace is used to being the center of attention as millions of homeowners enjoy the warm atmosphere that a glowing fireplace brings to a living space in the winter. Now that the flames have been extinguished for the season, you’re probably wondering what you can do with your fireplace to make it just as Read more

Can You Get “Burned” if You Buy Your New Fireplace Online?

Fireplaces, along with heating stoves and fireplace inserts, are not DIY products. This goes for installing them and buying them. If you’re not sure whether you’d be better off buying your new appliance online or through a local hearth shop, read on. You normally will find many top-brand fireplaces and stoves advertised online, the same as Read more

Buying a Home with a Chimney? Here’s What You Need to Know:

When purchasing a home, most buyers understand the importance of a home inspection. However, homebuyers may not realize that if the home has a chimney, it will also need a chimney inspection. Here’s why: Real Estate Chimney Inspection Vs. Home Inspection Most home inspectors follow the National Association of Home Inspectors guidelines, which includes a Read more

It’s Time to Call a Chimney Sweep

As well-built as most chimneys are, none of them will last forever without a little special care, cleaning and maintenance. Masonry damage, faulty components, issues with drafting, excess creosote – all this and more can cause a chimney to run inefficiently and be unsafe. If your chimney is showing any of the signs below, it’s time Read more

The Freeze/Thaw Cycle on Your Chimney

The freeze-thaw cycle can have a devastating impact on masonry chimneys in Maryland. While you are firing up the fireplace to stay warm and cozy, rain, snow, and ice are accumulating on the exterior brick surface. Throughout the winter months, temperatures in the Frederick and Carroll County area often rise and fall above and below Read more

Why the Lowest Bidder for Chimney Work Isn’t Always the Best Choice

The cost of services is important, and saving money is something we all want to do. But when it comes to hiring a chimney cleaning, repair or restoration company, letting price be your only guide could lead to very serious problems with your chimney system down the line. Here’s why. What does “lowest price” really Read more

How to Safely Start Using an Old Fireplace

Staring into an old fireplace that you would love to light but hasn’t been used in years can give you the chills. Central heating may be convenient, but it doesn’t compare to the sights, sounds, and aromas of a crackling fireplace that is reminiscent of winter. Also, why spend money heating the entire home when Read more

A Dirty Chimney Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Many homeowners depend on the fireplace to keep their home warm and comfortable during the winter. However, annual chimney cleanings and inspections are essential and shouldn’t be avoided. A dirty chimney can negatively impact the health of your family.  The particles of dirt and other contaminants attach to the walls and components inside the chimney when Read more

Spalling Chimney Bricks: Why it Happens & How to Address It

Spalling is a common term used in the chimney services industry to describe chimney bricks that have begun to decay and fall apart. Older chimneys often show signs of spalling – as do newer chimneys when certain events have caused damage. If you have spalling brickwork in parts of your chimney, here’s what you need Read more

Warning Sign It’s Time to Replace or Repair a Wood Stove

Wood-burning stoves are a popular heating appliance, especially with homeowners who want to reduce energy costs. A well-made wood stove with regular cleaning and maintenance can last 10 to 20 years or more. Noticing one or more of the following warning signs will help you determine whether it’s time to repair or replace your wood Read more