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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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Signs Your Chimney or Fireplace Needs Servicing

When was the last time your chimney or fireplace was serviced? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends homeowners have annual chimney inspections and cleaning when necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the chimney and fireplace.  However, many homeowners often wonder when they should clean the chimney. If you notice one or […]

How We Find Your Chimney Leak

Nothing’s as comforting as a warm fire on a cold night, and few things are as aggravating as a leaky chimney, which could put an end to your warm fireplace fires. Damaged chimneys often leak, and when the damage is severe, it can become unsafe to use the fireplace. Let’s look at how we approach […]

Ahh! We have Chimney Leaks!

Many homeowners are surprised to discover that when it’s raining outside, it is also raining inside their chimney. As the cold and icy weather blanketed the Hudson River Valley region in the winter thaws into the warmer and colorful spring season, years of exposure to harsh winter weather became evident when spring showers sprout chimney […]

Tips for Chimney and Fireplace Care in the Wintertime

If you want to keep the warm hearth fires burning in the winter, it’s important to tend to ongoing fireplace and chimney care. Chimneys are subject to damage caused by harsh winter weather. Protecting chimneys against moisture intrusion is a year-round job, but the most destructive effects of moisture in masonry occur in wintry weather. […]

Reasons To Install A Fireplace

It was Roman philosopher Gaius Plinius Secundus who said that “home is where the heart is.” It was a phrase that was uttered over 2,000 years and still rings true today. It was also when families would gather around the hearth of a wood-burning fireplace to stay warm. Having a fireplace in virtually every living […]

Is There A Difference Between Dampers And Flues?

Chimneys and fireplaces have a lot of terminology that can get confusing. Today, we want to talk about the difference between the fireplace damper and the chimney flue. The two are somewhat connected and work together, but there are some important differences. What is a damper? Dampers are present on most chimney/fireplace systems. They sit […]

Fun, Technology-Free Fireplace Activities

Any family with kids at home knows that they are attached to the hip with their smartphones, iPads, or other technological wizardry. Turning off the technology is a constant struggle in many homes. It’s essential for kids (and parents too!) to power down and recharge while spending quality time together. Sometimes it can be challenging […]

Addressing Winter Chimney Leaks

Winter in New York isn’t the best time to be doing any type of home maintenance. Fortunately, professional chimney services companies work year-round. If you have a problem with a leaky chimney, arrange a visit from an experienced chimney technician, who will follow a logical path in addressing and solving the leak. 1. Where is […]

Chimney Dangers and How to Prevent Them

A fireplace is a delightful amenity, especially during winters here in the Hudson Valley. It can be a hazard if you don’t keep up with your chimney maintenance. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends an annual chimney inspection and cleaning to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and a chimney fire. Following their recommendation can […]

What To Know About Fireplaces For Rental Properties

A fireplace is a sought-after amenity for many renters and can help a house or apartment rent faster. But fireplaces can be as dangerous as they are enjoyable. If you’re a landlord or property manager, here are some things to consider before allowing tenants to use a fireplace. Insurance costs You’re probably going to pay […]

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