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Helpful Guide to the Most Common Chicago Chimney Repairs

Chimneys are an excellent aesthetic, and functional, addition to your home. Outside, the exposed brick adds major curb appeal, while inside, the radiating warmth creates the coziest home. While chimneys are built to stand the test of time, Chicago seasons…

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How To Reduce The Cost of a Chimney Sweep

While chimneys may not be as common as they once were, a recent study shows that 44 % of new homes had plans for a chimney. There’s just something special about gathering around a cozy fireplace at night. But with…

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Why DIY Chimney Sweeps Are Dangerous

Routine home maintenance keeps your home in excellent condition, helps you save money, and avoids expensive repairs down the line. There are many home maintenance tasks you can do yourself. You can clean your gutters, add caulk around windows, fix…

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Winter Fireplace Maintenance

You’ve heard it from us, time and time again – “have a professional chimney sweep done”, “schedule your chimney sweep”, and while it’s true, there’s more chimney maintenance that you need to plan for. Especially before you enjoy a cozy…

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Don’t Burn These Items In Your Fireplace

No matter the chimney and fireplace system you have, whether it’s a wood-burning stove, or a factory built fireplace, it’s important to keep in mind what you’re burning. If you have gas logs, you don’t necessarily need to worry about…

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Minimize Creosote Buildup With The Right Firewood

Choosing firewood for your chimney is important, because what you burn can determine the amount of creosote in your chimney. If the narrow passage where combustion materials are carried out of your home is clogged by creosote, it can be…

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Winter Fire Safety Precautions

Homeowners have started pulling out their Christmas decorations early this year, and turning on their fireplace early to enjoy a cozy fire. During the winter months, the chances of you using your fireplace are higher, and we recommend having it…

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