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Your chimney or furnace is not the only system in your home that may cause fires. Your dryer vent is a similar system designed to vent heat and lint from the clothes dryer, but needs routine maintenance to work properly. If it isn’t properly maintained, the clothes dryer may be a major fire hazard. The […]

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After a long winter of burning fires in your fireplace, your firebox may need some revitalization. The firebox is the part of the entire chimney system which endures the most abuse, yet receives the least attention. Your firebox is vital to not only the function of your heat system, but also the safety of your […]

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If you’ve been using your fireplace, insert, or stove all winter, you may be getting a little tired of it by spring. As temperatures drop, you may even be a little confused about how to maintain a temperature that doesn’t run you out of the house! Using the fireplace in the spring can be challenging […]

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There are many things that can go wrong with your chimney through the years, but none are more devastating than water! The average homeowner won’t notice a problem until there is visible damage, and by then there is serious damage going on behind-the-scenes. Repairing water damage, especially winter water damage, can be stressful and expensive. […]

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Chimneys are built to last. However, they require routine maintenance and repairs in order to work well and work safely. Even well-constructed chimneys can become damaged over time if neglected or subjected to occurrences like high winds and earthquakes. Chimneys need maintenance just like every other important system you have in your home, car, even your […]

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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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