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How To Clean A Chimney With A Bend

Many homes in Charleston, SC, Vidalia, GA, and the surrounding Central Augusta River Area and South Carolina Midlands region use wood-burning fireplaces and stoves for supplemental or primary heating. Keeping your chimney clean is vital for the health and safety of your family and pets. It is also essential for preventing a devastating fire that Read more

Can My Old Chimney Be Repaired?

Many charming older and historic homes are on beautiful tree-lined streets in towns throughout the Central Savanna River Area (CSRA) or South Carolina Midlands region. Existing homeowners and new home buyers often prefer to perform upgrades and repairs without disrupting the home’s historic character. Many of these old homes still have their original chimney that Read more

Upgrade Your Fireplace Instead Of Replacing It

I know what you’re thinking. My fireplace is so old, rundown, and outdated that I may be better off replacing it. Not so fast. In the last five years, the hearth industry has gone through a renaissance of sorts. An entirely new array of traditional and modern fireplaces and inserts make upgrading an existing masonry Read more

All About Rebuilding A Chimney

Does your chimney look like its best days are in the rearview mirror? Are there cracks, holes, and missing bricks in the exterior masonry? When a chimney doesn’t receive annual inspections, professional sweeping, and repairs or replacement of essential components, the chimney and venting system can decline rapidly. A significant event like a tornado, hurricane, Read more

How To Identify Stains On Your Chimney

Chimneys are exposed to many different weather and environmental conditions, including thunderstorms, sub-freezing temperatures, high-velocity winds, and UV radiation. The damage may eventually cause staining in a rainbow of colors or patterns. We’ve created a handy color chart so you can learn how to identify stains on your chimney. White White stains or efflorescence typically Read more

What is Chimney Flashing & Why Is It Important?

The flashing is a vital component for protecting your chimney from moisture intrusion. Water is a mortal enemy of chimneys and can also severely damage your home when a leak is not discovered quickly. So, understanding what it is and why the flashing is essential for maintaining a healthy fireplace and chimney will help minimize Read more

Chimney Leaks And How To Fix Them

Brick, stone, and block masonry chimneys are durable but porous materials that absorb moisture as they deteriorate. As a result, chimney leaks are among the most common problems that need repair in Orangeburg and throughout the South Carolina Midlands and Central Augusta River Area (CSRA). Since water leaks can cause extensive damage to the stack Read more

Winter Maintenance For Your Home

Winter is an important time to take care of your chimney. Cold temperatures, snow, and ice can all take a toll on your chimney, and it’s important to be proactive in protecting it. Here are some key steps you can take to ensure your chimney is in good working order and ready for winter: Clean Read more

How to Avoid Chimney Repair Scams

If you’ve ever been scammed before, you know the frustration and helpless feeling of being taken advantage of. How can you avoid chimney repair scams? There’s no guarantee but there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Pay attention to your instinct If something feels off or you just don’t trust the Read more

Why Chimney Flue Tiles Crack and How to Get Them Fixed

Chimneys seem practically indestructible maybe that’s why it is such a surprise and disappointment when something goes wrong. One thing that often happens to chimneys is cracked flue tiles. As you know the inside of your chimney is exposed to extremely high temperatures. The flue liner helps to protect the chimney from that heat. The Read more