3 Issues with Rampart General Pre-Cast Chimneys

Imagine this scenario: You have spent a great deal of time looking for that perfect home. You did your due diligence. You had the proper home inspections and then made the single most expensive investment of your life. After moving in, you decide to get the chimney inspected and swept. The chimney sweep comes in … Continue reading 3 Issues with Rampart General Pre-Cast Chimneys

50 Tips For Enjoying Your Fireplace

There’s nothing better than a warm fireplace on a cold evening. If you haven’t got one yet you are most definitely missing out!  Here are 50 quick and simple tips that will help you safely enjoy that cozy fire even more. IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS 1. For an open fireplace, the glass doors must be in … Continue reading 50 Tips For Enjoying Your Fireplace

8 Reasons NOT to mount your TV above the fireplace

Installing a TV above the fireplace is a very common decorating style in homes these days, but does that make it right? Here are some valid reasons to reconsider the location of your TV. 1) Electronics are sensitive to heat. The heat and smoke will reduce the lifespan of your TV. When you use your … Continue reading 8 Reasons NOT to mount your TV above the fireplace

An Easy Solution for a Fireplace Smoking Problem

Common Scenario: On a cold, winter night, you decide to have a warm, cozy fire in your open fireplace to take the chill out of the living room. Your house is still cold and your furnace turns on automatically. A short time later, you notice the air in the room is getting smoky. All of … Continue reading An Easy Solution for a Fireplace Smoking Problem

Don’t Throw Away Those Fireplace Ashes!

We all enjoy burning wood in our fireplaces, but what do you do with all the ashes? Many of our customers ask for the ashes we collected from sweeping their chimney so they can use the ashes in their gardens. But it’s amazing how many other practical uses around the house and garden there are. … Continue reading Don’t Throw Away Those Fireplace Ashes!

10 Signs That You Need a Dryer Vent Cleaning

There’s nothing more annoying for a homeowner than when the clothes dryer stops working. Laundry comes to a complete standstill and there’s no place to put the basket full of sopping wet clothes. In this case, most homeowners automatically think there’s a problem with the dryer itself and so they call the appliance repair company. … Continue reading 10 Signs That You Need a Dryer Vent Cleaning

St. Florian – Patron Saint of Chimney Sweeps

What do chimney sweeps, firemen and soap makers have in common? May 4th is the day we commemorate St. Florian as the patron saint of Linz, Austria and Upper Austria, chimney sweeps, firemen, and soap makers. In 1184 A.D., St. Florian was adopted as the patron saint of Poland. Typically in artwork, St. Florian is … Continue reading St. Florian – Patron Saint of Chimney Sweeps

Fireplace Damper Clamps

The issue of damper clamps can be confusing, not just to homeowners but to home inspectors, utility companies, government building departments and even amongst chimney professionals. In many cases, this issue rears its ugly head during the stressful time of purchasing or selling a home. What is a damper clamp? Damper clamps are also referred … Continue reading Fireplace Damper Clamps

Six Causes of Fireplace Odors

There’s nothing better than a warm, cozy fire in the fireplace but there’s nothing worse than the “campfire-in-the-living-room” smell that can sometimes occur afterwards. Understanding some of the causes for a stinky fireplace will help prevent the problem. There are several key causes for fireplace odor issues.   1) Smoking Problems Sometimes a smoking problem … Continue reading Six Causes of Fireplace Odors