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7 Common Chimney Problems to Watch For

Fall is the season of pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and fun trips to local orchards. It is also the time of year when many of us start lighting up our fireplaces or stoves. Before you ignite your gas or wood fireplace, be sure to schedule a chimney inspection. One of these seven common chimney […]

You Should Always Budget for a Chimney Inspection

Owning a home can be expensive! Experts estimate that Americans spend $1 per square foot per month on average for home maintenance alone. In other words, if your home is 2,400 square feet, you may pay $2,400 in a year to keep up your home. Many of us try to cut down on our costs […]

Is Your Chimney Ready for Cold Weather?

A house fire is reported every 85 seconds in America! That is an alarming statistic from the National Fire Protection Association. However, you can reduce your risk of suffering a chimney fire by making sure that your fireplace and chimney are ready for cold weather. We know a thing or two about fireplaces and chimneys […]

Can I Prevent Creosote Build-Up?

Many chimney fires in Wisconsin are caused by creosote buildup. Creosote is a highly flammable chemical compound that creates build-up on chimney walls when you burn firewood. Thick creosote buildup is tough to remove and a severe fire safety risk. There are many home remedies, and products that people claim can prevent creosote buildup. Unfortunately, […]

Do Fireplaces Still Matter?

When meeting people for the first time at gatherings, parties, or weddings, people are always very interested when I tell them I work for a fireplace shop. Turns out people like fireplaces, whether or not they have ever had one or used one of their own. Fireplaces for a lot of people are like camper […]

The Critical Jobs of a Chimney Damper

It won’t be long before these warm summer days end and chilly autumn weather arrives. Before the temperature drops, it’s wise to schedule a chimney cleaning and inspection to ensure your fireplace is ready for another burning season. The chimney’s damper is a critical component to have checked out. What is a Damper? A fireplace […]

The Importance of Maintaining Masonry Chimneys

Does your home have a brick, block, or stone chimney? If it does, you may not realize the maintenance it requires. Many homeowners neglect their chimneys because masonry seems so resilient. Unfortunately, masonry chimneys are vulnerable to serious damage from moisture, storms, and regular wear ‘n tear. There are three crucial chimney maintenance tasks that […]

Potential Chimney Problems Caused by Bad Weather

Wisconsin is known for its extreme weather. Powerful storms often leave behind chimney damage. High winds, heavy rain, and sleet batter chimney components like the cap, crown, and flashing. It’s a good idea to look over your chimney for problems after bad weather passes through. If you aren’t proactive, common issues, like a missing chimney […]

Don’t Ignore These Common Signs of Chimney Damage! 

Repairing a damaged chimney can be a huge expense if you don’t catch the problem early. Your chimney isn’t just a vent for your fireplace; it is a part of your home’s architecture. Structural or water damage to the chimney can impact the rest of your house. In addition, using your fireplace when the chimney […]

Adding a Gas Firepit: Is It Easy?

So you just got home from your friend’s fancy outdoor wedding where you spent the last two hours of the night cuddling up next to a cozy fire. You also spent the first of those two hours wondering how in the world they didn’t have any smoke blowing around before you realized – A-Ha! – […]

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