Creosote: Causes, Dangers, and What You Should Do About It

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Wondering why black flakes are coming out of your chimney? Then you’re not alone. These black flakes are a common occurrence in fireplaces known as creosote. However, just because it regularly forms doesn’t mean that it should be ignored. Let’s take a look at what causes creosote buildup in chimneys, why it can become a […]

What Should I Do With My Fireplace in the Summer?

A fireplace is pictured in a living area of a home.

A warm fireplace can make chilly winter nights cozier and more bearable, but they aren’t needed as much during summer. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore a fireplace during the off-season. You can do many things to ensure it’s kept in good condition. Here are four things you should put on a summer fireplace […]

Chimney Caps vs. Crowns vs. Chase Covers: What’s the Difference?

A chimney is pictures with a copper crown.

When discussing chimney systems, homeowners must remember so many terminologies that it’s pretty common to mistake and confuse a few familiar terms. This is often the case for chimney caps, crowns, and chase covers, as they are often considered the same despite serving different purposes. If you’re a homeowner looking to learn more about chimneys, […]

How Often Should I Have My Chimney Cleaned?

A chimney sweep cleans a residential chimney. He is dirty.

No matter the size of your home or how attentive and diligent you are, it’s easy to overlook a few essential cleaning tasks that help keep your home safe. Chimneys are pretty high up, and it’s easy to get used to using one without maintenance or cleaning ever crossing your mind.

Avoiding Chimney Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Avoiding Chimney Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Chimneys are like septic systems, no one thinks about them until there’s a problem. Chimneys are especially ignored in second homes and rental properties. A chimney can be a dangerous thing to forget, and it can cost you the loss of property and or life. But there are some […]

What’s the difference between chimney levels of inspection?

What’s the difference between chimney levels of inspection? These levels are the standard by which all reputable, certified chimney service companies do business. When buying a home in the Capital District the requirements of all three levels of chimney inspection have been outlined by the National Fire Protection Association Standard NFPA 211. Inspection needs will vary […]

5 Myths about Waterproofing Chimneys

Rain falls on a brick and mortar chimney.

5 Myths about Waterproofing Chimneys Chimneys can take a beating from severe weather year round — and water penetration is the greatest cause of deterioration and damage. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), all masonry chimney construction materials — with the exception of stone — will suffer “accelerated deterioration as a result […]

Top 5 signs you had a chimney fire

Top 5 signs you had a chimney fire Many people have chimney fires without even realizing it. Here are some of the tell-tale signs you need to look out for. If you have a wood or oil burning chimney, the last thing you want is a chimney fire. While most people know that chimney fires are […]

Spring clean your chimney now to avoid delays later

Spring clean your chimney now to avoid delays later Spring is the best time to give your fireplace some attention and prepare it for next winter. With warmer temperatures already taking hold — and even warmer temperatures on the way — it’s likely your fire-building days are over for another season. Now, you can turn your attention […]

The Ugly Truth about Dryer Vents and Chimneys

The Ugly Truth about Dryer Vents and Chimneys This information is especially important when living or managing apartments or condos. Chimneys and dryer vents are a mystery to many homeowners and even experienced contractors. Both vent flammable or toxic gases to the exterior of your home, and both are horribly ignored. This information is especially important […]