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Is Your Chimney Adding to Your Heating Bill?

It’s winter and cold weather is here, which means higher energy bills and potential heat loss in the home. While homeowners are quick to blame drafty windows for energy loss, they might not consider the impact that the chimney or fireplace has on your heating bill. The short answer is ... Read More »
6 Chimney Facts You Might Not Have Known

6 Chimney Facts You Might Not Have Known

You have a chimney in your house and you use it during the winter for your fireplace. You also enjoy decorating your fireplace mantel and making it feel warm and cozy for the holidays! While you understand the basic functions of a chimney and fireplace, we have some fun chimney ... Read More »
Fireplace and Chimney Issues to Look For

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 ... Read More »
Safety Tips for Lighting A Fire

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 ... Read More »
Get Ready For the Cold Checklist!

Get Ready For the Cold Checklist!

As the colder weather moves in, we take a look around our homes to see what needs to be done to keep us safe and warm. Order firewood. Any hardwood, such as oak, maple, beech or elm, will work fine for firewood. You want seasoned firewood that’s at least a ... Read More »
DIY Chimney Sweeping? Why You Should Hire A Pro

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 ... Read More »
4 Reasons Why Your Fireplace Might be Smoking

4 Reasons Why Your Fireplace Might be Smoking

As summer fades away into autumn, many begin thinking about using the fireplace to keep the home warm. You light a match and toss it into the fireplace, only to discover several minutes later that your fireplace is smoking. We’re here to show you the most common reasons why your ... Read More »
Time for a chimney inspection - family enjoying their fireplace

How Often Do You Need a Chimney Inspection?

You inspect your car’s tires for wear and tear and you inspect your AC unit to see if it needs a new filter. Chimneys often go under the radar when it comes to inspections, but how often do you really need to have your chimney inspected? Chimney Inspection Timeline There ... Read More »
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It’s Chimney Cleaning and Masonry Repair time! Are you ready for the change of season?

Prepping the outside of the house for winter weather is part of New England living. The hoses are brought in, water shut off, delicate shrubs wrapped in burlap perhaps, but one item that's commonly overlooked during this process is the chimney. When the mortar and brick have crumbled, a chimney ... Read More »
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3 Signs That Animals Are Hiding In Your Chimney

A chimney might not seem like a cozy place to call home, but that’s not the case for a variety of critters here in Boston. Animals take refuge in chimneys all throughout the area, whether they’re trying to evade a nasty predator or escape from excessive cold or heat. If ... Read More »
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