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What To Do When Crumbling Bricks Are Spotted

A well-constructed brick chimney can provide decades of service, protecting your home from smoke, flames, and harmful contaminants when using your gas or wood-burning heating appliance, such as a fireplace, insert, or stove. The Central Savannah River Area and South Carolina Midlands have a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild winters. The Read more

The Value Of A Second Opinion For Chimney Repairs

Chimneys are essential for removing toxic materials from your home when using the fireplace or heating stove. Making timely and necessary repairs will help avoid more extensive repairs in the future. However, even the most well-maintained chimneys will need occasional repairs. Some of the most common reasons include normal wear and tear, storm damage, and Read more

Why Does My Chimney Smell?

Fireplaces are beautiful centerpieces that give warmth and add ambiance; however, many homeowners notice unpleasant chimney odors that can stink up the entire house. Let’s look at what causes chimney odors and what you can do to prevent them. Creosote Buildup The number one cause of chimney odors is creosote. Creosote is a sticky, tar-like Read more

Why Is My Chimney Leaking?

Even when the weather is sunny and warm, attention to chimney maintenance is critical. Chimney leaks are a common problem for homes in Georgia and South Carolina due to our humid climate and frequent rainfall. This moisture can seep into the chimney through the tiniest cracks in the masonry, the flashing, or the crown. Several Read more

How to Keep Your Chimney In Tip-Top Shape This Summer

With summer in full swing, many families from Columbia, SC, to Augusta, GA, are enjoying hiking, barbecues, swimming, and all their favorite outdoor activities. While the fireplace or stove is probably not on the top of your mind, it’s a good idea to carve out some time for much-needed maintenance. This way, it will be ready for Read more

How Summer Storms Can Damage Your Chimney

Summer brings warmer weather, time spent in swimming pools, and backyard cookouts, but unfortunately, it also brings summer storms. You may not think about summer storms in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and South Carolina Midlands damaging chimneys, but they most certainly can. Here is how summer storms can damage your fireplace. What Kind Read more

The Importance of Annual Chimney Sweeping

As you know all too well, we’re currently deep into the summer season. That’s one reason why we wanted to share with you some fireplace and chimney tips that are applicable today as well as in the future. What are we talking about exactly? That’s easy: the importance of cleaning your chimney after winter. Consider Read more

Summer Ideas For Your Fireplace

Can you feel that? The abundant sunshine and the warm fresh air on the skin make you want to don some sunscreen and shades and hit the beautiful beaches along Tybee Island. While enjoying the great outdoors in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and South Carolina Midlands, leave time for some family fun decorating Read more

Top Terms for Chimneys & Fireplaces

If you’re a homeowner with a chimney, knowing the ins and outs of your chimney and fireplace may be overwhelming. To make this easier, we’ve compiled the top terms pertaining to chimneys and fireplaces. Use these terms to help you better understand any issues you may have or simply brush up on your overall knowledge. Read more

How To Increase The Lifespan Of Your Chimney

Like any other major home feature, your chimney needs regular maintenance and cleaning to efficiently expel smoke and dangerous gases while your family enjoys the fireplace’s warmth. While it may take more than a huff and puff to blow the stack down, chimneys can and do collapse. From the freeze-thaw cycle in the winter to Read more