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Is There a Difference Between a Flue and Damper?

You’re not alone if you’re unsure about the difference between a flue and a damper. Many folks use the terminology interchangeably. However, the flue and damper are not the same. So, when someone says they’re going to “open the flue,” they are really opening the fireplace damper. What is a Flue? The flue is the Read more

Why Venting Unused Chimneys Is Important

With many homes in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and South Carolina Midlands relying on a central heating system, gas furnace, or a direct-vent fireplace insert, unused chimneys are becoming increasingly common. Unfortunately, some folks are under the impression that even though they aren’t using the chimney, it doesn’t need regular cleaning or maintenance. Read more

Common Summer Chimney Issues

With its proximity to the Atlantic Coast, the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) & South Carolina Midlands region has a sub-tropical climate with approximately 50 inches of annual rainfall. Our hot and humid summers also bring heavy rain, thunderstorms, and even lightning that can cause interior and exterior chimney damage. For residents in Montgomery, GA, Read more

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