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Thought about Your Dryer Vent Lately?

There is an area of your home that you may not think much about . . . but maybe it would be a good idea.  (No, I’m not talking about your chimney, although that’s another area to which little attention is paid.)   Lint inside your dryer vent I’m talking about your dryer vent.  Most folks clean out their lint filter occasionally and think that’s good enough.  Maybe not. Have you ever looked at the area beneath the lint filter?  With many [...]

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10 Tips to Prevent a Chimney Fire

A chimney fire can be a traumatic event in the life of a homeowner or it can even occur without the knowledge of the homeowner.  Either way it happens, a chimney fire can cause extensive, (and sometimes, deadly) damage to a chimney or a home. Each year, there are many fires causing structural damage or loss of life that originated in or around the chimney. Helping home owners use their wood stoves and fireplaces safely, is the main reason [...]

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Water and your Masonry Chimney

Water soaking into a chimney combined with the repetitive freeze/thaw weather cycles in our area damages many masonry chimneys. There are five areas where water can enter a masonry chimney. Damaged missing or inadequate flashing around the chimney at the roof line. Damaged or missing mortar joints between the brick, concrete block or stone. Porous masonry materials such as concrete block, pumice, sandstone, or interior brick which is not designed for exterior use. Damaged, missing or inadequate concrete crown [...]

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Smokey Chimneys Cause Creosote

What is Creosote? Simply put, when you burn wood and you have a smoky fire, creosote can form inside your wood burning appliance and chimney system. Tar particles in the smoke condense on a cool surface and cause creosote. Why should creosote accumulation be of concern to you? Creosote stinks and is corrosive. Creosote can block your chimney. That blockage can cause smoke back-ups, Creosote is flammable and can cause a chimney fire. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends [...]

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