Warm Weather Chimney Repairs

When summer comes around, it’s easy to find things to do to fill your to-do list. Washing windows, cleaning out the attic and garage for a garage sale, painting the house. In the summer, going to the beach, picnicking in the park, or shooting hoop at the courts are...

Benefits of a Lock Top Damper

The damper is an important component of your fireplace and chimney system. It is a metal flap in your chimney, and the purpose of it is twofold. First, to keep the flow of air that’s coming from the outside from entering your chimney when your fireplace is not in use....

Keeping Your Smoke Chamber Clean

It’s spring cleaning time! Time to get your windows clean and your floors shiny. What’s a greater feeling than to come home to a house that’s clean and fresh smelling? If you want to maintain that sweet smell throughout the summer season, make sure that you...

The Process and Importance of Tuckpointing

It’s important to understand the processes that your chimney goes through and the repairs that may need to be undertaken. Unfortunately, sometimes even the terms can be confusing. You hear about dampers and the smoke box and the chimney crown and the chase and the...

Chimney Masonry and Water Damage

Your chimney looks pretty indestructible, and truth be told, it is a pretty sturdy structure. But unfortunately, it can take hits from some pretty unlikely elements, like water, for instance. It seems pretty unlikely that something as light and cool as a rain shower...

Enjoy Your Outdoor Fireplace Year Round

A backyard fireplace is a great addition to your backyard. It can add charm and a welcoming feel to friends and family who need a place to gather. But is this just too big of an expense for the limited amount of time that you can use it, especially with the cold of an...

Importance of Chimney Caps

Even though it’s just past St. Paddy’s Day and the end of March is just around the corner, there are still plenty of chilly days and nights left until we know that spring is here to stay. Although you’re still using your fireplace to ward off those cold spring...

Chimney Cleaning After Winter Use

The long winter season is coming to an end, and your fireplace has seen some good use. You’ve got good memories of long winter evenings shored away, and now your thoughts are turning towards summer things: swimming by the lake, picnicking, hiking. But don’t get so...

Importance of Keeping Your Chimney Cleaned

As winter rushes to an end, the cold winds of a Chicago winter will soon turn into a windy spring breeze. Nothing beats the normal bitter, snowy winter days of an Illinois winter better than a crackling, warm blaze burning bright in your fireplace – and knowing how...

Valentine’s Day Fireplace Safety

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate those you love. Whether it’s just you and your sweetheart or you have a family of little ones to help you celebrate, it’s a great time to fix a nice meal, pour a glass of wine, and cozy up in front of your fireplace. However,...