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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 Real Problem with White Staining on the Chimney

The white staining that sometimes develops on chimneys is called “efflorescence.” The staining looks bad, though it can usually be cleaned off easily. The real problem with efflorescence is that it is a clear indication that moisture has worked its way into the chimney system. Moisture causes more damage to chimneys than anything else and […]

A Leading Cause of Chimney Leaks: Flashing

Flashing issues are among the most common causes of chimney leaks. Whether the problem is faulty chimney flashing or damaged chimney flashing, the resulting moisture damage to your home can be very expensive to fix. Leaks caused by failed flashing can be tough to spot until extensive damage has already been done, such as rotting […]

Why are Chimney Liners Necessary?

Chimney liners began to be a requirement in about the 1950s, which researchers believe is one of the reasons the number of homes with fireplaces began to decline significantly in the U.S., though their popularity has been on the rise again for many years. A chimney liner is the most important safety feature of a […]

Why You Need a Chimney Cap

Without a chimney cap, there is an open hole that exposes your home to all kinds of potential problems, which sums up why the chimney topper is a must-have chimney component. Depending on the type of chimney cap you buy, it is relatively inexpensive to purchase and have installed; but it can save you thousands […]

When the Chirping in your Chimney is a Federal Matter

Creatures frequently go into chimneys that are not sealed off with a chimney cap that also has wire mesh. Snakes, birds, raccoons, and other critters are usually drawn to the warmth of a chimney in winter. You can contact our chimney professionals to remove unwanted guests. There is a particular bird, however, that cannot be […]

5 Reasons a Fireplace Smells Bad

There’s something appealing about the smell of burning firewood in your fireplace, but it’s not so appealing when the fireplace has odors when it’s not in use. It’s common for homeowners to notice bad smells coming from their fireplace, but there are solutions. The following are the top five reasons for a stinky fireplace and […]

About Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy is owner of Hudson Valley Chimney Services, Inc. located in Hyde Park, NY. Bill has been heading up Hudson Valley Chimney since 1985 as a fully licensed and insured chimney services company. Bill and his chimney sweep technicians are CSIA (Chimney Institute of America) Certified Chimney Sweeps. Bill and his employees are active […]

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