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We hope that you find our articles on the proper use, care and service of fireplaces, stoves and chimneys interesting and informative. As New York’s Hudson Valley leader for all Chimney Sweep, Chimney Service, Stove & Fireplace installation and Gas Appliance Maintenance we want to make sure consumers have access to this helpful information. Keeping your Fireplace, Stove, Chimney and Venting Systems in top working order is just as important as any other system in your home. Your family’s comfort and safety are our first priority!

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The Importance of Good Chimney Flashing

We have had many extreme weather events here in the Hudson Valley over the last year. With experts predicting that extreme weather will become even more common, it is increasingly important to make sure that your home is prepared. It is smart to do all you can to protect your home so that it can […]

Do All Chimney Flues Require Regular Cleaning?

Most of the time, homeowners who ask this question are running a vented gas appliance such as a fireplace or stove.  Vent-free gas appliances have no vent that mimics a chimney flue in pulling fumes out of the house, so there is no flue to clean. But vented gas fireplaces still require a professional cleaning […]

Tips to Identify the Cause of Staining on Chimneys

Discoloration of a chimney can occur for various reasons, and the staining gives evidence of significant chimney damage in nearly every instance. Oftentimes, homeowners think discoloration is a natural part of aging of the chimney structure, but that’s rarely the case. In order to curb further deterioration, it’s best to hire a licensed, certified chimney professional, who can identify the cause of the chimney staining and properly […]

Is a Chimney Caps Really Needed?

We hear this question a lot from homeowners. While your chimney can function without a chimney cap, it is one of the smartest investments that you can make in your home. Chimneys are a liability, even if you do not use your fireplace or stove, because they are open to the elements. A chimney cap is important because it protects your home […]

Here’s the Real Skinny on Chimney Liners      

Homeowners sometimes raise an eyebrow when advised that a chimney liner needs replacement, and perhaps it’s because the chimney sweep industry is vulnerable to scammers. As an unregulated industry, the door is open for unscrupulous people to claim they are bona fide chimney sweeps and then make outrageous claims about the condition of a perfectly sound chimney. Their purpose is to charge exorbitant prices for bogus services. […]

Schedule Gas Fireplace Service this Spring, for Safety’s Sake

Gas fireplaces create the same type of cozy, pleasant ambiance as wood-burning fireplaces but with far greater convenience. Perhaps because of their one-touch operation and heating efficiency, homeowners frequently make the mistake of assuming that gas fireplaces don’t need regular maintenance. Annual gas fireplace inspections are highly recommended by every leading fire safety organization, including […]

Common Chimney FAQs

Why does a chimney need to be inspected and cleaned once a year in the spring? Household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning are two serious risks of using a fireplace or stove. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the best way to avoid these risks is to have your fireplace or stove’s chimney cleaned […]

Preventing Moisture in Chimneys & Fireplaces

Cozy fires in a fireplace make a family feel protected against the elements.  It’s important to remember that the chimney could use its own  protection against its worst enemy: moisture. Water can get into the chimney system in a variety of ways, and the damage it causes can be extensive. Chimney leaks are not usually obvious right away, but there are signs to look for that indicate moisture […]

Chimney Waterproofing

Because moisture is the biggest enemy to masonry chimneys, the experts at Hudson Valley Chimney Service, Inc. recommend chimney waterproofing. There are numerous ways in which moisture can intrude into the chimney system, and there are also many different types of damage caused by moisture. Taking a proactive approach and scheduling chimney waterproofing before any damage has occurred is an excellent strategy […]

Are Artificial Firelogs Good Substitutes for Wood Logs?

A fireplace can quickly become a fire hazard if it isn’t used correctly. Seasoned firewood is practically all that should be burned in the fireplace, for safety reasons. One exception is that it’s fine to burn artificial logs. Whether or not artificial firelogs are good substitutes for firewood depends on what’s important to you about a wood fire. Convenience If you mostly care about […]

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