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Preparing Your Chimney for a Visit from Santa Claus

The chances of an actual Santa Claus visiting your home and sliding down your chimney on Christmas Eve this year are pretty slim. But if you take care of your chimney with the idea that Santa will, in fact, visit, you’ll be doing the exact things necessary to ensure a very safe and high-performing chimney. […] Read more

How to Prepare for a Chimney Sweep Visit

A CSIA-certified chimney sweep is your best friend when it comes to keeping your chimney safe and ensuring that it operates the way it’s supposed to. Next time you have a chimney cleaning visit scheduled, here are a few things you can do ahead of time to make the job as simple, mess-free and productive […] Read more

What Do Inspectors Find During Routine Chimney Inspections?

The ideal chimney inspection turns up no problems, and the chimney inspector gives it a complete bill of health. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Many things can happen to a chimney over time, especially one that’s used regularly. Here are some chimney issues inspectors often uncover during routine chimney inspections. Leaky chimney Chimney leaks […] Read more

Repair Your Chimney for Winter Warmth & Safety

As southern New Hampshire gets ready for another unpredictable winter with its ice storms and blizzards and sub-zero weather, the fall is a good time to make sure your chimney is ready to perform predictably to get you through the season safely. Here’s a checklist of “must-do’s” for your chimney and fireplace this fall. Visually […] Read more

Why Does My Chimney Have White Stains?

White staining, or efflorescence, is caused when excess moisture within the chimney structure seeps through the bricks and evaporates on their outer surfaces. The white discoloration is caused by naturally occurring salts that have been washed out of the bricks. You may read that description and say, “Okay, that explains that.” But it actually only […] Read more

Three Levels of Chimney Inspections

Your chimney is one of the most important systems in your home. Neglecting it may lead to damage and danger, putting your property and your family at risk. Just like you schedule routine service appointments for your cars, it’s also important to schedule chimney maintenance. Safe and Efficient Chimneys According to the National Fire Protection […] Read more

Real Estate Chimney Inspections

Chimney inspections are important for the safety and efficiency of your system. However, regular chimney inspection and real estate chimney inspections are quite different. A real estate chimney inspection is more thorough than a standard level one inspection, which is only an assessment of the chimney. However, a level one inspection is more thorough than […] Read more

Late Season Fire Danger

Spring may mean the end of winter, but it doesn’t always mean the end of the fire-burning season. Many homeowners continue to use their fire appliances and chimneys throughout spring to avoid cranking up the air conditioning unit too early. This saves money but may increase the risk of flue fire. It’s important to use […] Read more

Fall Is Here! Have Your Chimney Inspected Before You Burn!

Fall is officially here and the weather is definitely showing up, so it’s time to think about your fireplace and chimney. You may think you’re ready for the first fire of the season, but a good supply of firewood and a set of fireplace tools is not enough to have a safe and warm winter. […] Read more

A Chimney Sweep: What to Expect

Part of being an adult in America is being a responsible consumer. This means that homeowners keep their lawn properly manicured, take their car in for routine services and oil changes, and head to the doctor and dentist for annual checkups. Being responsible for your health and your life is easy. Taking care of the […] Read more