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Is Your Chimney Crown Cracked Or Damaged?

Your chimney may seem like a simple brick structure from the outside, but it is actually a complex system that plays a vital role in the safe and efficient operation of your fireplace, stove, and other heating appliances. One of the most critical parts of this system is the chimney crown.  What is a Chimney Read more

Bees In Your Chimney?

Throughout the warmer months, such as spring and summer, bees are more active, and your chimney may become their new favorite hangout. Any openings in your chimney could be an entryway for these buzzy little critters, including the cap or cracks in the masonry.  Prevention is Key Much like any other chimney trouble, preventing the Read more

Why Would My Chimney Be Leaking?

There are five main reasons that your chimney is leaking. During your annual inspection our technician will check these five reasons. If they come out with a clean record, then most likely your leak is coming from somewhere else such as your roof. You will want to contact a contractor who specializes in roof repair. Read more

Can My Chimney Be Cleaned If It Has a Bend?

When considering a chimney sweep, you may think about Mary Poppins. Dick Van Dyke jumping roof to roof cleaning chimneys. Thinking all those chimneys were straight. It seemed mundane, one straight chimney after another. But that was a city on the outskirts of London.  Every home that has a fireplace has a chimney. You may Read more

Safeguarding Against Scams in the Chimney Industry

The fire is crackling, and a pleasant hickory aroma fills the air. It must be getting close to winter in Western New York. But keeping your chimney, fireplace, and heating stove safe requires regular maintenance. Like many other service industries, the chimney industry has its share of scam artists who try to take advantage of Read more

The Benefits of Using a Fireplace Insert

Do you currently have a fireplace but are tired of the required upkeep and maintenance? While there is no doubt that traditional wood-burning fireplaces provide a special charm and authenticity, the good news is that there are several other options that provide benefits you may be interested in. From wood-burning inserts to electric or gas, Read more

Will My Chimney Need Relined With A New Furnace?  

There is no doubt that a healthy functioning chimney liner is very important to your chimney. It will protect you from toxic fumes coming into your home. Carbon monoxide is one of these toxic combustible fumes that can seep into your home. This can be very dangerous to your health and can cause death. Without Read more

Damper Dilemma: Signs Your Damper Needs Repair  

A fireplace damper prevents downdrafts into your home. It prevents ash, creosote, and other debris from finding its way into your living room. Dampers are made to seal the chimney when you do not have a fire burning in the firebox. The damper also serves as a closure so that warm air won’t escape up Read more

The Chill Factor: Understanding Drafty Chimneys

Like your neighbors in Erie County, NY, you’re getting ready to light the fireplace with a crackling fire for a cozy evening. Yet, smoke fills the room instead of warmth, and the fire is struggling to stay lit. It is a telltale sign of a drafty chimney.  Just like an airplane needs a proper lift Read more

Fireplace Maintenance Tips to Prevent Costly Repairs

You love your fireplace. Now that we are in the heart of winter you are enjoying every moment of the glow of your fire. But you will want to make sure you are taking care of it as well. Fireplace maintenance is important to avoid costly repairs. An annual inspection from a professional Chimney Sweep Read more