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Removing and Preventing Chimney Odors

If you own a fireplace and chimney, you know they require constant maintenance and upkeep to ensure the system runs efficiently and safely. There are many problems associated with using a chimney, such as creosote buildup, flue blockages, and water damage. But one problem people rarely think about is chimney odor, why it happens, and Read more

Is it Safe to Install a Gas Fireplace Yourself?

Many homeowners opt for a gas fireplace over a wood burning fireplace because they’re easier to use, require less maintenance, and are cheaper to operate. And one question people often ask us is if it’s safe to install a gas fireplace yourself instead of hiring a trained professional. The short answer is no. But let’s Read more

When to Schedule a Chimney Inspection

Annual chimney inspections are essential for keeping your fireplace and chimney in proper working order and protecting your family from the risk of a chimney fire. But, many people don’t know when is the right time to schedule a chimney inspection and how frequently it should be done. We’ll answer these questions in this post. Read more

Chimney Stains? Here’s What They Mean

As you walk around your Santee, SC home, you may notice some staining and discoloration on the masonry. While many homeowners may shrug it off as harmless fading from sun exposure, the results of an aging chimney, or dirt, chimney stains are often the first indication of masonry damage or other chimney issues. Understanding what Read more

The Dangerous Effects of a Damaged Chimney Liner

When you’re enjoying the warm glow of a fireplace in your Augusta, GA home, one essential component, the chimney or flue liner, contains the flames inside the chimney, protecting the masonry so the intense heat and toxic gases don’t spread throughout your house. There are several types of chimney liners, including clay tile, stainless steel Read more

Chimney Damage Caused by Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Whether it’s off to work, getting the kids ready for school, or going shopping, a winter coat, umbrella, and maybe even a pair of boots are standard gear for protection from the freezing rain and snow that winter often brings from South Carolina Midlands to the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). However, your chimney remains Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Chimney Repairs

While masonry chimneys are formidable, durable structures, they are constructed with porous materials. As a result, it is vulnerable to moisture like rain, snow, and ice. So, the timeless expression “when it rains, it pours” couldn’t be more accurate for masonry chimneys. Chimney leaks can be very destructive once water gets into the masonry through Read more

Should You Use a Chimney Sealant?

Your chimney is an integral feature of your home, making it safe to use your fireplace, heating stove, and other attached heating appliances. Perched above the roof, it is also the highest point of your home. As a result, it is in a constant battle with Mother Nature, from freezing rain, snow, and ice in Read more

Here’s What You Should Know About Chimney Repairs Cost

Whether you have a new home or an older home in Savannah, GA, your masonry chimney will eventually need repairs. However, you can minimize repair costs and prolong the lifespan of your chimney with annual chimney inspections chimney sweeping when necessary. Otherwise, common problems like masonry cracks, flue obstructions, and a leaky chimney can catch Read more

Is Your Chimney Leaking?

This is a good question to ask because chimney leaks are the primary cause of major structural damage to a chimney. The pros at Advanced Chimney Sweep of Georgia and South Carolina would like to share some points about chimney leaks that you should know. Where do chimney leaks happen? A common area for leaks Read more