4 Types of Chimney Damage Homeowners Should Look Out For

Fireplaces are a great source of warmth and comfort on a cold winter night — but like all other parts of your home, the best way of ensuring they function properly and remain safe is by keeping them in good condition. As a result, it’s important for homeowners to know the different types of chimney […]

How Long Do Chimneys Last?

A brick chimney

In general, chimneys can last around 50 to 100 years. While that’s a long time, it’s still possible that you live in a home that had its chimney installed during that time frame — meaning that your chimney is due for a replacement in the coming years. However, there are many factors that can influence […]

When Should You Replace Your Chimney Liner?

a chimney liner coming out of a chimney

When you and your family enjoy a cold evening by the warm fireplace, the chimney liner works hard to keep you safe. Also known as flue lining, the chimney liner serves many important functions. From preventing harmful flue gasses from leaking into your home to protecting the chimney walls and masonry from corrosion, it helps […]

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


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 […]