Chimney crown that needs repair

Chimney repair 101: Spalling

Chimney brick deterioration is referred to professionally as “spalling.” The term comes from “spall,” which refers to rock breaking into smaller fragments. Why does chimney spalling occur? Old bricks and mortar wear down with exposure to wind, rain and other weather. The chimney suffers cyclical water-related damage when cool/cold weather expands water in porous surfaces…
wood fireplace installation and repair

Why special care is necessary when hanging fireplace and chimney decorations

A long tradition of decorating fireplace mantels and exposed and plastered chimney brick exists in our country. Home and business owners might only decorate during the holidays or year-round. Sometimes, they decide to mount a television on or above the mantel. Consider the following: – Sparks from a fireplace travel fairly far. It’s important to…
Wood stove installation and sales

Have you considered a pellet stove for your home?

There are several great reasons for making such a choice. Pellet stoves are a terrific way of delivering even heat through an easily-controlled thermostat. All you need do is fill the hopper; set the temperature you want – it’s all automated from then on. The pellets themselves are made from woodchip and sawdust and release…
fireplace insert installation and repairs

How often should you have your fireplace inspected?

Fireplace inspection is vital for your chimney since it ensures everything is functional before the heating season begins. It also detects damage such as missing motors early, for efficient and cost-effective repairs. Therefore, experts recommend having your fireplace inspected every year in the fall. However, this depends on how often you use your fireplace. For…
New ornate chimney crown installed

Has your chimney got a crown?

If you have a chimney crown in place, it makes good sense to have it inspected to make sure it has effectively survived the punishing rigors of a harsh Coloradan winter. If your chimney has not yet been crowned, then it’s certainly worth considering, as it provides a terrific first line of defense against all…
Wood stove cleaning

Has your wood-burning stove survived the winter?

As thoughts slowly turn to better – and warmer – days, spare a thought for your wood-burning stove. It has probably performed heroically in the depths of a bitter winter, so now would be a good time to check that it’s in the best of health. The doors might have become cracked or loose, or…
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Time to spring clean your chimney

It’s the time of year when we start to think about sprucing up our home and property for the better weather ahead. Creating a list of jobs to be undertaken both indoors and out, is easy when you can see, with your own eyes, exactly what needs to be done. However, what about those less-visible…
Chimney smoke is dangerous

Preventing chimney fires

Chimney fires can cause a lot of damage in your chimney, resulting in costly repairs. Unfortunately, many chimney fires go unrecognized by homeowners, and they can be dangerous to you and your loved ones. You can avoid chimney fires by: Only using seasoned woods with less than 20% water content Never burn Christmas trees, cardboard…
New ornate chimney crown installed

What causes most chimney leaks?

There are some common causes of chimney leaks seen by many expert chimney sweeps. These include: – Broken or shifted chimney cap The cap is supposed to keep moisture from running down the chimney; however, if it is malfunctioning, cracked, or unattached (wind or animals can be culprits), rainwater or snow can get into the…
Animal removal from chimney

What are humane animal removal services?

Sometimes animals can get stuck in between walls or in the attic of your house. Animals such as squirrels or raccoons will crawl inside your home either to explore or because they are attracted by the smell of food. If these curious critters enter your home, they should be removed safely. The use of humane…
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