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In 2014 there were nearly 23,000 chimney fires caused by fireplaces. Open fires and wood burners are a great feature for any home, but making use of your chimney does increase your risk of house fires. The good news is that you can take measures to prevent them. Read on to learn some important facts about chimney fires.
The Problem with Dirty Chimneys
When you burn wood in your fireplace, it causes a residue to accumulate on the walls of your chimney. This residue is called creosote.
If you have a fireplace built into your house, you’re lucky. It’s the perfect way to relax and stay cozy on cold nights. Furthermore, there are financial benefits, too. Having a fireplace in a home raises its value byover $12,000.
However, a fireplace also means there’s a chimney that requires regular maintenance. Luckily, this is fairly simple when you do your research and hire the right chimney sweep.
Here’s a look at the process of cleaning a chimney, as well as the amazing people who do this work. Read on to lea
If you have a fireplace, then you may already know about ceramic coating. But it’s not a paint, like you might imagine. Rather, think of it as an environmentally-friendly, protective skin that improves safety. Read on to learn more about some of the benefits of adding a ceramic coating to your fireplace.
WHAT IS HEATSHIELD?
HeatShield technology is a hybrid ceramic/refractory coating that was developed in Europe. Independent testing has proven that it withstands moisture, harsh flue gases, and extreme temperatures.
Eco-friendly products have gained in popularity, both for the enviro
Chimney leaks are one of the most common issues we see during the rainy season. Though chimneys may appear to be a solid block or marble column, they actually have several distinct parts. And since they’re always exposed to the elements, they’re more vulnerable to damage.
Chimney leaks are one of the most common issues we see during the rainy season. Though chimneys may appear to be a solid block, they actually have several distinct parts. And since they’re always exposed to the elements, they’re more vulnerable to damage.
Sometimes the impact of a rough climate on a chimney isn’t obvious, but here are some things to watch out
Any home can achieve a warm and cozy feel throughout winter, while also setting the mood with a subtle romantic effect. A well-maintained fireplace can be a great focal point in the room, but an uncared-for one might be an eyesore. You wouldn’t want to hide this classic feature, would you? Fortunately, breathing new life into your fireplace doesn’t have to be a overpriced affair. There are many budget-friendly options.
Whether you’re just looking to make some minor changes, or you’re desperate to give that outdated fireplace a new look and feel that’s personalized to you, we’ve got some ideas for you.