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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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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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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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Steps to take if your chimney suddenly collapses

Strong winds, heavy rains, and cold temperatures are approaching the Denver region. As a result, it’s important for you to know the appropriate steps to take if your chimney suddenly collapses. Keep the following in mind: Put out the fire in your fireplace as quickly as possible. Any masonry that falls into the fireplace can…
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Dangers related to DIY chimney and fireplace pest removal

Chimneys and fireplaces are attractive to a wide range of pests common to the Denver region, including arachnids, insects, bats, birds, chipmunks, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and snakes. Do-it-yourself removal can result in injury and even death. Consider the following: A fall off a ladder while trying to remove one or more pests can result in…
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Is your chimney ready for winter?

With the legendary harshness of our Colorado winters, it’s no secret how much time we spend snuggled up in front of a glorious home fire, or simply benefitting from the warmth it spreads. If this is you, then spare a thought for your hard-working and uncomplaining chimney. It’s vital that it is regularly swept to…
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Easy tips for keeping your fireplace clean

Excess soot can damage your fireplace and may even detract from its appearance. Fortunately, keeping your fireplace clean is easy when you follow these tips. Sweep your firebox at least weekly using a whisk broom or Shop Vac. Use a wire brush to remove any creosote deposits first. Gently wash the hearth, mantle, and inside…
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5 things you need to know about fireplace inspections

Fireplace inspections are vital in increasing the longevity of your chimney and keeping it in good condition. If you’re thinking about getting fireplace inspection services, here are five things you should know. You should perform fireplace inspections annually DIY fireplace inspection is never a good idea as you’re not trained to identify common chimney issues…
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A brief overview of a chimney inspection

Chimney inspections are vital in keeping your chimney in good condition and increasing their longevity. Most chimney sweep companies offer three types of chimney inspections, and these include: Level 1 – this is normally scheduled once a year, and it’s a visual check of your fireplace for signs of damage, obstruction, and soot. Level 2…
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Chimney fires and how to prevent them

Chimney fires are more common than you think, and they can cause extensive damage to your property while placing your loved ones at risk. Luckily, taking a proactive approach to your chimney’s maintenance can prevent fires and increase your chimney’s longevity. This includes anything from regular repairs and chimney sweep services to inspections and chimney…
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I’ve seen a squirrel in my chimney, should I be worried?

Yes, you should. Squirrels may look cute and friendly, but they aren’t harmless. They can cause extensive damage to your home or business property, and they pose health risks to you and your loved ones. Additionally, once a squirrel nests in your home, it can quickly multiply, increasing the danger and damage significantly. As soon…
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Benefits of professional chimney sweep services

Do you want to keep your fireplace and chimney clean and safe? If so, it’s time to get chimney cleaning services. However, you can’t hire any chimney sweep company for your chimney’s upkeep and maintenance. You need an expert that can meet your needs, be it animal removal, chimney repairs, or installation. Here are some…
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How often should you clean your chimney?

Chimney cleaning is the process of removing soot, built-up creosote, and blockages from your firebox, chimney liner, and smoke chamber. Cleaning helps in creating a safer operating system and increases the longevity of your chimney. Experts recommend having your chimney cleaned once every year, but this depends on how often you use it. For instance,…
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