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Safety PSA: How Safe is Your Chimney With All This Rain?

Chimney safety in the rain is no joke.  The weather in California has been exceptionally rainy lately. The state has just experienced our ninth atmospheric river in a three-week succession of major winter storms, leading to flooding, landslides, and hazardous conditions. For residents of the state, it’s essential to be aware of the potential effects of the rain on our Read More

Creosote Self-Cleaning Logs: Helpful or Harmful?

Are creosote self-cleaning logs the answer to fireplace woes? Maybe it’s an easy way to keep that chimney clean and make those cold winter mornings bearable, or maybe it should be avoided with caution. Before stocking up on logs, let’s separate fact from fiction and discuss what these self-cleaning logs are all about—the good, the bad, and if they’re actually Read More

What is the Best Wood to Burn in a Fireplace? To Burn or Not to Burn

What is the best wood to burn in a fireplace? Burning wood in a fireplace is an enjoyable and cozy experience, especially during the holidays. However, some wood is better to burn than others, and for a good reason. To ensure safety, as well as the safety of family and neighbors, it’s important to familiarize oneself with what types of Read More

The 13 Things Professional Chimney Sweeps Want You To Know

The 13 Things Professional Chimney Sweeps Want You To Know Think you can clean your own chimney? Think again! Professional chimney sweeps have seen it all, and we’ve collected that wisdom and put it in a neat list format for our latest article. Here are 13 things professional chimney sweeps wish you knew – and why you should always hire Read More

Are Your Indoor Dryer Vents Causing an Increase in Your Energy Bill?

Think your energy bill is high enough as it is? Your indoor dryer vents could be increasing your bills without you even realizing it. Materials like lint, hair, and debris clog your dryer ducts and strain the appliance, making it work much harder than it needs to. Not only is this bad for your energy bill, but it’s also a Read More

Chimney Masonry Repair 101 (Basics You Need to Know)

Repairs and maintenance are unavoidable in any part of a home. Just like most structures and appliances, this is also true for chimneys. All fireplaces and chimneys will eventually have problems that necessitate repair or maintenance – it’s an inevitability regardless of age or design. This blog post will discuss the basics of chimney masonry repair. We’ll cover the different Read More

Surprising Benefits of Chimney Sweep Services You Might Not Know About

Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cher-ee A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be! This nostalgic Mary Poppins song rings true – chimney sweep services are absolutely essential to the integrity and safety of your chimney. Lucky indeed! Even if you’ve lived in a home for twenty years, the chimney is an often intimidating appliance to clean and Read More

Why Consider Chimney Height Reduction?

Have you ever seen a really tall chimney column that just stands out in the neighborhood? We see them all the time and wonder if the residents are aware of their potential hazard.  Did you know that the section from the roof to the top of the chimney can frequently be reduced in height? Potential Collapse Hazard A taller chimney Read More

How Does Alameda Dryer Vents Cleaning Work?

Of all the modern luxuries, clothes dryers are perhaps the most useful and convenient – until you open the lint trap and see two weeks’ worth of extremely combustible fluff. If you don’t take care of your dryer properly, it can become a fire hazard just waiting to happen: nearly 3000 dryer fires happen every year due to clogged dryer Read More

Heat Shield Ceramic Coating V.S. Stainless Steel Flue Liners

A chimney is constantly exposed to some of the harshest conditions, including high temperatures, wind, harsh UV conditions, water damage, and corrosive chemicals. Over time, these elements can take their toll on even the sturdiest of chimneys. This is where ceramic heat shield coating and other stainless steel flue liners come in. Sometimes, it feels like maintaining a property can be Read More