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What you may find stuck in your chimney other than Santa

The chimney always beats the cold during chilly weather. But have you ever paid close attention to what is actually inside your chimney? Do not be surprised if you find stuck raccoons or rats there, they also want to be warm! Birds are another type of animal that can get stuck inside chimneys. This is…
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What to do before hiring a fireplace cleaning expert

Fireplace cleaning needs to be done regularly to enhance safety in your home. Since fireplaces and chimneys my pose a risk to homeowners, it is essential to hire a professional to carry out a fireplace and chimney sweep. Before hiring an expert, ensure that you do the following. Carry out your inspection to check for…
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Why your chimney lining is so important

It’s something you can’t see, but it’s also a vital part of an effectively-performing chimney. If there isn’t one in place, or the current chimney lining is damaged, then serious problems can occur. These can include: Combustible creosote building up on the inside of your chimney Dangerous and poisonous gases remaining in your home rather…
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If Santa gets stuck in your chimney…

…to be honest, we can’t help. But that’s okay because we know he never does, he’s far too clever for that! But, and not just at this time of year, it pays to make sure your chimney is regularly swept and is both clean and fully-functioning. You want to make sure you are keeping your…
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Understanding the protective components of your chimney

A fireplace provides us with warmth, especially during the cold nights. For it to work effectively, various components work separately to make a fireplace safe and efficient. These include the following: Chimney damper Chimney damper helps you to regulate the amount of air that enters your chimney. By opening and closing the chimney damper, you…
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When to call a chimney sweep professional

Everyone enjoys a good fire in their home, especially from the comfort of their own fireplace. From time to time, however, maintenance will have to be performed on the chimney. How do you know when it is time for a chimney sweep or a chimney repair? There are a few situations that might be obvious…
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Why you should leave chimney cleaning to the professionals

While it’s fine to perform some inspections and minor repairs on your fireplace and chimney, and major chimney cleaning or repairs should be left up to the professionals. There are several reasons why you shouldn’t attempt any work on your chimney by yourself. For one, safety is a concern. Professionals are trained to properly handle…
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Once a year chimney sweep?

Chimney sweeps are done to increase the efficiency of your chimney and minimize the occurrence of accidents. As wood burns up, a substance called creosote builds up in the inner lining of the fireplace. Creosote is likely to cause fires, endangering the lives of people living in the home. As a homeowner, it is essential…
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Signs of a failing chimney

Winter is here! Which means it is finally time to relax by the fireplace on cold, dark evenings. But while most of the time your chimney likely performs consistently, there are times when your chimney might fail. To prevent any issues, it is recommended that you schedule regular roof inspection and maintenance. If you notice…
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When did you last have your chimney inspected and swept?

This is one of those household tasks, meant to be carried out on a regular basis, that so easily gets forgotten. In fact, many home-owners may not even appreciate how important it is – many homes might have never had their chimney swept. The Chimney Safety Institute recommends that, if you light fireplace fires at…
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Have you checked the masonry around your chimney?

It’s important to do so on a regular basis – especially with the wild winters we experience here in Denver. Moisture creeps into both the bricks and the mortar which keep your chimney bonded. Over time, this moisture weakens these bonds but also can see the brickwork deteriorate substantially and long before it otherwise would.…
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Do I need a chimney cap?

Every home needs a chimney cap. There are two leading causes of chimney damage which, when mitigated with a chimney cap, can reduce the costs of chimney repair. Weather Rain and wind drafts can cause extensive damage to the integrity of your chimney. A chimney cap saves costs on chimney repair as well as on…
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