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If you have a chimney and fireplace, odds are you only really see the fireplace on a regular basis. Some homeowners may check out the chimney with a mirror from time to time—but that doesn’t do anything but confirm that you have a chimney. The real issues that can take place inside your chimney will […]

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When your car needs to be inspected, only certain people are allowed to inspect it. The same goes for home repairs. Municipal codes dictate who can complete the work and when. Certain things are subject to regulation where safety is concerned. Unfortunately, the chimney industry is largely unregulated!  The CSIA Credential In a field that […]

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Many homeowners don’t realize the danger of an dryer vent that is not maintained. Most buy their clothes dryer, have it delivered, hook it up, and proceed to use it year after year. That is. until it needs to be replaced. In reality, this is not the best use of the machine – and not […]

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As temperatures drop and your furnace is pumping warm air through your house at alarming rates, you might begin to wonder how to cut a few corners and save a little money. Believe it or not, the savings may be in the fireplace itself! Maybe you only used it as supplemental heat, but it has […]

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Your chimney cap is installed at the top of the chimney. As the first defense against water intrusion from the elements, it also offers other benefits that homeowners are unaware of. The chimney cap is often wrongfully overlooked and discarded. It prevents damage, saves you money, and improves the efficiency of the chimney system. Chimney […]

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Whenever a fire is burning in your fireplace, byproducts are released that need to be vented out of the home. These byproducts include soot, creosote, particulate pollution, carbon monoxide, and other harmful gases. We most often see smoke, and know to stay away from it and avoid inhaling it, but the real danger is hidden […]

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Winter is fast-approaching, and with it comes cold weather. Homeowners are lighting fires and weatherizing windows and doors to keep the cold out. These are only a few ways you can save energy this winter. Your Most Efficient Fire Save energy this winter by burning an efficient fire. When you burn properly seasoned wood, you […]

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October means more to us than falling leaves and pumpkin spice. To many, it’s much more than holiday merchandise in the stores and cooler weather. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sweep Away Cancer In 2015, three chimney sweeps came together for one purpose–to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and ask other […]

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Have you been thinking about the holidays? About cool weather and lounging into the evening? Like most homeowners, you’d probably enjoy a new fireplace this fall and winter! In fact, according to real estate professionals, homeowners want fireplaces. It doesn’t have to involve a big renovation or a huge cost, either. Outdoor Fire Options Our […]

Temperatures are dropping, but not quite low enough that you’d want a fire. Winter in South Central Pennsylvania, can come on quickly, however, and you don’t want to be left in the cold. Scheduling your annual chimney maintenance means your chimney and fireplace will be fire-ready when you are. Preventative Maintenance The annual sweeps and […]

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