winter maintenance

Winter Building Maintenance

Basements and attics are bad environments for foundations, support columns, and chimneys: Any exposed masonry in basements and attics tend to decay faster than any other area, including the outdoors. With them being out of sight out of mind you probably don’t even know it! The reason is due to the atmosphere in these areas:… Continue reading

Fireplace and Chimney Issues to Look For

FACT: NOT ALL FIREBOXES ARE THE SAME. The firebox is the area where the logs are placed when building a fire. This area surrounds the flames and is made with firebricks and a high heat cement mixture called refractory mortar. Not all fireboxes are built with the correct firebricks or heat resistant plaster, and that… Continue reading

Safety Tips for Lighting A Fire

Lighting a fire in a fireplace is usually an easy task. Because of this, we may forget a few key steps in the process that might help us enjoy the fire better. What could have been a nice night by the fire can easily become a smoke-filled disaster. Here is a recommended method that if… Continue reading

DIY Chimney Sweeping? Why You Should Hire A Pro

Are you attempting DIY chimney sweeping? While cleaning your chimney sounds like a simple task in theory, this isn’t always the case. Homeowners need to be comfortable with climbing a ladder, working from the roof, and even using the necessary tools to get the chimney clean. Whether you’re looking for residential or commercial chimney cleaning,… Continue reading

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