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Why Now Is the Best Time for Chimney Repairs

Now is the perfect time to take care of any masonry repairs your home may need. During winter, masonry is more susceptible to damage from freezing temperatures and moisture. However, since the spring and summer months in northwestern New York are typically warm and dry, it is the best time of year for all chimney Read more

What Kind of Tools do Chimney Techs Use?

Chimney techs, also known as chimney sweeps, are professionals who inspect, clean, maintain, and repair chimneys. You may ask- what kind of tools do chimney techs use? They use a range of tools and equipment to ensure that your chimney functions safely and efficiently. A chimney sweep’s goal is to remove a highly flammable substance Read more

Signs Your Chimney Needs Tuckpointing Repair

Keeping your chimney well-maintained is essential for it to operate efficiently and safely. Unfortunately, many people put off or ignore routine inspection and maintenance, which can lead to significant damage. Tuckpointing is one technique chimney experts have in their arsenal to repair damaged masonry, and we’ll look at what it is, the signs you need Read more

Best Time Of Year For A Chimney Cleaning

Being in upstate New York, making sure your fireplace is ready to go for snow-filled winters is probably a top priority. But, oftentimes, we don’t even think about the maintenance side of having a fireplace. While it’s important to schedule an annual cleaning to ensure safe and efficient fires, you may not know when the Read more

How to Get Rid of Bees In Your Chimney

One of the familiar sounds of spring and summer is the low hum of bees in their hive working away. Its usually a welcome calming noise but perhaps it’s a little louder this year. Bees have been known to make hives in dead trees, sheds and in your case your chimney. When bees get inside Read more

Reasons Why Your Chimney May Be Leaking

If you are unaware, no substance does more damage to your house over time than water. Moisture can break down brick and create dangerous black mold. A chimney is one of the most common ways water enters a home. If you own a chimney, you probably have or will experience leaking at some point. Whether Read more

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