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Chimney Rebuilding vs. Chimney Repointing

The Western New York and Finger Lakes region winter weather can be harsh on masonry chimneys. The constant exposure to rain, snow, and ice can eventually cause bricks and mortar to crack, chip, flake, and crumble, exposing gaps in the mortar joints. As the chimney’s structural integrity declines, it is in danger of leaning or Read more

Common Causes of Chimney Moisture Damage

Unexpected home repairs can put a damper on the holidays! Downpours of sleet and snow at this time of year can be tough on your chimney and expose a leak. Damage caused by a leaky chimney can cost you thousands of dollars. However, catching a problem early can dramatically reduce the spread of water damage. Read more

Common Mistakes in Brick Chimney Restoration Projects

There are many ways that a chimney repair project can go wrong. Rebuilding a chimney requires extensive training and experience. We have been called in to fix chimney problems created by inexperienced masons throughout our years serving residents in Buffalo, NY, and the surrounding region. Unfortunately, the work of an amateur mason can threaten the Read more

Reasons You Should Have A Chimney Cap Installed

Homeowners throughout the Buffalo-Rochester region should make sure their chimney has a cap. A chimney cap is a protective cover installed at the top of the chimney to prevent moisture, small animals, and debris from intruding and damaging the chimney that could lead to extensive repairs and other hazards when you least expect it. In Read more

What is a Damper? How Important is It?

Summer is on its way out! It won’t be long until we are bundling up against the cold and lighting up our fireplaces at night. The damper inside your fireplace is going to get a workout. It is a critical fireplace/chimney component. Opening the damper should always be the first step you take before building Read more

Dangers of Neglecting Chimney Maintenance

It won’t be long before homeowners in Overland Park and throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area fire up their fireplaces to stay warm and cozy during the winter. The chimney is vital for expelling the smoke and fumes from the fireplace or heating stove, protecting your home and family from fire and exposure to carbon Read more

Chimney Tuckpointing / Repointing Service – What is it?

It is easy to overlook chimney damage—as many homeowners do—if you have a brick or stone chimney. Since brick and stone are durable building materials, most American homeowners assume they don’t require maintenance. Unfortunately, this assumption isn’t correct. Even though masonry won’t rot like wood, it can deteriorate. Homes with chimneys that are 30 to Read more

How Summer Storms Can Affect Your Chimney

Many homeowners may not realize that summer storms can be as destructive to the chimney as freezing rain and snow in the winter. In addition to heavy rains, high winds can also cause chimney damage.  Western New York is no stranger to stormy weather. For example, a 1998 summer storm plowed across the Greater Rochester Read more

Backyard Recreational Fires – Safety & Info

With summer on the horizon, many folks get their fireplace cleaned and ready for sinter and use this time to entertain family and friends in the backyard, grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Fire pits are another favorite popping up in backyards throughout Buffalo, Rochester, and Upstate New York. As a result, many homeowners are installing Read more

Why Your Chimney Damper Is Important

The chimney damper is an essential fireplace component that regulates airflow in the flue. It is typically installed in the chimney’s throat just above the firebox. The damper, which is usually comprised of iron or steel, acts like a window letting air in the flue when it’s open and preventing indoor air from escaping when Read more