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Within the pages of our chimney sweep blog you’ll find helpful articles and interesting insights about everything that’s related to chimney and fireplace cleaning, installation and repairs.

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It’s time for a new year’s chimney sweep

As the new year starts, it’s the perfect time to make resolutions, and this includes scheduling your chimney sweep. Throughout the year, your chimney has suffered from a buildup of ash, soot and creosote, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. So, it’s wise to have your chimney swept as the New Year begins to keep your…
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Can bats get into your house through the chimney?

If you have bats in your chimney, it is possible that they could enter your home. Unfortunately, these animals are very skilled at getting into small spaces, including flues and the doors of a woodstove or fireplace. The good news is that most healthy bats will not want to get into your house. Instead, they…
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Gutter cleaning and maintenance

Key causes of gutter problems

Gutters are usually taken for granted – until they fail. Then, serious problems can appear, and expensive property damage can follow. Our Chimney Sweeps of America technicians can also undertake professional gutter cleaning and inspection work. This means problems such as damaged sections, blocking debris, birds’ nests, improper fittings, or insufficient capacity to properly deal…
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Key reasons why it pays to have a chimney inspection

Having experts inspect your chimney means that if some possible dangers are spotted, ones that could lead to a house fire, can then be dealt with. Three examples of such problems are: Simple wear and tear that occurs as homes, and therefore chimneys, get older Obstructions or deposits of combustible material that could otherwise go…
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Dryer vent cleaning in denver

Does your dryer vent need cleaning?

As well as keeping chimneys and fireplaces in good working order, we also provide some other services. One of these is to deal with vent problems in your clothes dryer. You might notice that your clothes don’t dry during a standard cycle run; or that the room seems warmer when the dryer is in action.…
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Santa Claus and dirty chimneys!

When that important visitor pays a call, with a sack full of presents, you certainly don’t want him to get stuck in your chimney, or be faced with some kind of blockage, such as a dead animal needing removal, to hamper his smooth downwards progress! Now, we know he’d find a way. But, on a…
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If you think you might have bats

Homes can be infested with many different creatures; and one situation that often takes owners by surprise is when bats take up residence. Many people feel very uncomfortable if this problem arises, so it pays to get it sorted out as quickly as possible. Our Chimney Sweeps of America experts can carry out a detailed…
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Chimney crown that needs repair

Chimney repair 101: Flashing

Roofers and chimney installers use thin, flexible plastic or metal sheets, known as flashing, to prevent water from seeping into cracks, joints, and edges where the borders of the roof and other vertical surfaces meet. Flashing is often used to direct water away from chimneys, pipes, skylights, vents, valleys, and walls. Although vinyl and PVC…
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New ornate chimney crown installed

How to avoid a chimney fire

A chimney fire can develop rapidly and be quite destructive to your residence. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce the chances of experiencing one, while at the same time enjoying a well-made fire in the hearth for warmth and comfort. Make sure you keep these preventive measures in mind: Burn seasoned dry wood, preferably…
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fireplace installation

What exactly is a chimney damper?

This is a question that the members of our team are occasionally asked. A chimney damper is found above the firebox and has usually been constructed using metal. It is a flap-like device and you operate it by using either a lever or chain. When open, it releases smoke; when the fireplace isn’t being used,…
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baby raccoon removed from fireplace

Benefits of humane animal removal services

If you have squirrels or raccoons stuck in your chimney or attic space, it’s wise to call a professional humane animal removal service to get rid of them. Here’s why: Inhumane removal services may introduce harmful chemicals to your home Humane methods of animal removal are eco-friendly A professional can get rid of any diseased…
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Chimney sweep in action

A chimney sweep is more than a quick clean

Generally, a chimney sweep is an individual that removes soot or ash from your chimney to reduce the risks of dangerous fumes or fires. Since it sounds simple, many homeowners opt to DIY their chimney sweep in a bid to save money. However, they don’t realize that a chimney sweep does more than clearing or…
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