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Is It Safe To Run Electric Wires Through A Dryer Vent?

Once considered a luxury, washers, and dryers are a standard feature in most apartments, condos, and single-family residences in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, and Western New York. Unfortunately, clothes dryer fires are too common, resulting in over 100 injuries, five deaths, and $35 million in property damage annually, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. However, Read more

If I Get A New Furnace, Do I Need To Reline My Chimney?

As our homes go through the aging process, major appliances like the furnace will eventually need replacement. Gas furnaces are very popular in Niagara Falls, Webster, and homes in northwestern New York with their convenience, energy efficiency, and lower heating costs. However, when purchasing a new solid or fossil fuel heating appliance, a reputable dealer Read more

Problems Damp Chimneys Can Cause

So, the winter freeze is over, and spring is on the way, but your chimney isn’t out of the woods just yet. Along with the warmer weather comes an increase in humidity. Unfortunately, many of our neighbors throughout northwest New York will have damp chimneys, especially in townships along the lakefront. While mold, mildew, and Read more

Does My Chimney Need Tuckpointing or Repointing?

The beautiful lakeshore surrounding the greater Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, NY area make Western New York a wonderful place to live. However, our cold winter climate, especially with the recent historic blizzard, is not a very hospitable environment for a masonry chimney. Eventually, the brick and mortar begin to deteriorate and absorb moisture. Since Read more

What to Do After a Chimney Fire

Having a chimney fire can be a scary experience, especially when it requires a first-alarm fire response to extinguish the flames leaping out of the chimney, as was the case recently at home in Amherst, NY. In addition, the internal masonry and components are not built to withstand the intense temperatures of a chimney fire. Read more

What Kind of Fireplace Do You Have?

With our cold and snowy winter climate, fireplaces are still one of the most popular features buyers look for when purchasing a home in Amherst and throughout the Greater Buffalo and Rochester, NY, region. Now that you are settling into your beautiful home, you are probably wondering what kind of fireplace you have. Although there Read more

How Winter Weather Can Damage Your Chimney System

Frigid temperatures are the reason we love to sit near our fireplaces in the glow of crackling fires. But did you know that harsh winter weather can damage your chimney system, as well? The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) sheds light on what occurs. The deterioration of chimney masonry and mortar joints is accelerated Read more

What Do I Do If My Chimney Is Blocked?

While your wood or gas-fueled fireplace, stove, or other heating appliance is warming your Cheektowaga, NY home in the spirit of the holidays, pollutants created during combustion rise the flue, exiting the chimney at the top of the stack. When the vent is blocked, these harmful contaminants can’t escape, resulting in a backdraft that forces Read more

How to Start Your Fireplace Safely

Whether you live near Lakes Erie or Ontario, the freezing weather in the Greater Buffalo-Rochester region has folks out shopping for firewood to burn in their fireplace or heating stove. However, novices and seasoned homeowners often need help lighting wood logs. So, if you want a trouble-free fire-burning experience that will impress your shivering family, Read more

Ways to Keep Your Fireplace Burning Longer

As Webster, NY, and Western New York weather turns colder, many folks are already lighting their wood-burning fireplace to keep their home warm and comfortable. When the fire burns out after a couple of hours, it’s a mad dash to grab more logs. So, if your fireplace is burning out too quickly for comfort, here are Read more