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Chimney Sweep and Repair

A chimney sweep has all the right tools and equipment, and the experience, to be able to help keep your home’s chimney in perfect working order. And if your chimney needs repair, many local chimney sweep companies provide both cleaning and repair services.

Burning wood in any manner, releases pollutants in the form of gases and particulate matter. Consequently, one of the primary dangers of wood burning in the fireplace is excessive chimney creosote buildup. Chimney creosote is an acidic, foul smelling, gummy, and very flammable substance. It is formed when volatile gases emitted by the initial fire,...

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When you’re cleaning your home’s gutters of leaves, removing Christmas lights, doing maintenance on a satellite dish, etc., it would be advisable to check on your chimney cover while you’re on the roof. Chimney covers, or caps, are made of copper, black steel, galvanized steel, or stainless steel. They prevent downdrafts and protect the chimney...

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Chimney cleaners do much more than clean chimneys – chimney cleaners do inspections too. Chimney cleaning companies, called chimney sweeps, provide services ranging from cleaning and inspecting chimneys and fireplaces to making necessary repairs or even installing new components. The services they provide are vital for the safety of your fireplace – and for the...

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A chimney clean out door is often overlooked and underappreciated. Not installed in all chimneys, it is the back door of a chimney where the rubbish is taken out. When installed, a chimney clean out door can be behind the fireplace or located outside the house. Before it can be opened, any surrounding mess must...

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Traditional chimneys, also called masonry chimneys, are featured on virtually all types of houses as well as other buildings. They are built on-site from chimney bricks rather than bought and transported whole from a factory. A chimney is designed to vent smoke and gas from a fire in the fireplace to the outside of a...

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The bricks in your fireplace take a beating. Smoke, soot and grime can combine to leave nasty stains and discolorations. But you can clean fireplace brick. It takes is a little muscle, but the results can be spectacular. Fireplace masons often apply a sealer to brick fireplaces to help them stay clean. But even if...

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A chimney is a stack of bricks and mortar so one wouldn’t intuitively expect it to catch fire. But over 25,000 chimney fires occur in the United States yearly. These are due to a variety of problems with fireplaces and chimneys that can be prevented with proper maintenance and care for safety. The easiest way...

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A chimney flue is a pipe or shaft inside the chimney through which smoke and harmful gases, called flue gases, are vented away from the fireplace. Typically made of ceramic, brick or some types of metals, flues can break down over time, requiring flue repair. Depending on the number of fireplaces or stoves being vented,...

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More than a third of the annual house fires in the United States can be traced to heating systems, the federal government says. And most often the culprit is the home’s fireplace. If you have own a house with a fireplace, experts say the most important thing to know is this: A clean fireplace is...

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