Is Maintaining a Chimney Costly?

Chimney Repair

Many homes in the area come with a working fireplace. Maintaining the fireplace may range in price based on the size, how often it is used, and the types of resources it burns. Here are the general costs that a chimney may impose on your budget, and ways to lower repair and maintenance expenses.

General Costs

Typically, the severity of the damage will determine the price based on where it is located. Small cracks create smaller costs ranging around $100. However, if this damage is not prevented then water may enter into the cracks, loosening mortar and causing greater problems. The repairs may raise costs up to $700 when dealing with water problems and tens of thousands of dollars for a full chimney replacement.

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Is Your Chimney Prepped for the Long Winter?

Snow fallen on brick chimney

For winter, many homeowners will use their fireplace or wood-burning stove. They may light a nice warm fire to create a festive mood or use their fireplaces as a secondary heat source to lower their energy bills. Before putting in the tinder, you want to make sure that the chimney is in proper working order. Problems with the chimney could cause potential damage to your home.

Check Chimney’s Integrity

You will need a ladder to get up on the roof. You will want to search for cracks, loose joints, and other damage. Addressing these issues ensures that the chimney is usable and will not collapse. Also, fixing cracks and loose joints prevents the masonry from shifting that could block the […]

Is Your Home Winter Ready?

Snow falling on a home

Getting your home winter ready means more than just switching out the light blankets to heavier comforters on the bed and making sure to have plenty of salt and snow shovels to deal with the outdoor walkways. You also have to prep your home’s systems for winter. The five main aspects to focus on include the furnace, chimney, gutters, windows & doors, and alarm systems. By taking care of these items, you’ll ensure your home will be safe, warm, and leak-free for the entire winter season.

Furnace Inspection

Your furnace will run for long hours, day and night, during the colder winter months. In time, components may become worn out due to the daily wear and tear, become dirty, and be less efficient. Have the furnace inspected for issues and […]

Four Common Chimney Repairs to Watch Out For

Fireplace surrounded by wood and brick wall

While some fireplaces or wood-burning stoves are just for show, others are still used to help heat the home in the winter or to create the right mood in the room. Working fireplaces and wood-burning stoves rely on gas, wood, or pellets to operate as the fumes go up the chimney to be released outside. If there are any problems with the chimney, it could send the smoke and fumes back into the home and lower your air quality. Other issues could create a fire risk to the home. Here are four chimney repairs to look out for to prevent serious issues:

Flue Cracks

Most chimneys are made of brick. Inside the chimney is a duct called a flue that is typically made from […]

Three Chimney Basics Every Homeowner Should Know

Chimney with fall leaves covering it

Fall is almost here! As the days turn cooler, you may be thinking of starting up your fireplace. Take a minute to review these three chimney basics to avoid a safety issue this fall or winter.

1. Check the flue liner and chimney cap

The chimney flue liner and chimney cap should be checked annually and repaired if necessary.

If the flue liner is damaged, the chimney can actually become damaged from the heat created by fire. This could weaken the structure and lead to more problems down the road, so it’s best to quickly repair and flue liner issues.

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What to Do if You Have a Chimney Fire

Close up of a campfire

Smoke is supposed to go up the chimney, so you can enjoy a fireplace, but what happens if the chimney actually catches fire while you’re using it? Chimney fires are rare but they can happen. Learn the warning signs of a chimney fire.

How Does a Chimney Fire Start?

Flammable substances such as creosote can stick to the sides of the chimney during normal operation. It becomes dangerous when these substances build up, as they can become hot and even catch fire.

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How to Close Your Fireplace for the Spring and Summer

Living room with fireplace

You hear a lot about how to prepare a fireplace for use in winter, but what about when winter is over? Find out the best way to close down a fireplace when the weather warms and you no longer need to use it.

Clean the Fireplace

When you don’t think you’ll have any more fires, clean the fireplace. Remove any wood that was not burned and have a bonfire or store it in a clean, dry place for next season. Sweep out ashes. Do this slowly, as ash can rise in the air if swept too vigorously. Cleaning ashes isn’t just tidying up, it actually protects the hearth from corrosion.

The last step in cleaning is to clean the fireplace grate, andirons, and tools. Fireplace grates are often coated with a protective product, so you never want to apply a chemical cleaner. These items can generally be wiped with a rag.

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Dangers of a Neglected Chimney

Chimney Neglect

You know your chimney needs maintenance, but do you know why? Find out the hidden dangers of a neglected chimney, then learn how Brandstetter’s KangaRoof can help.

Creosote buildup

Creosote is a natural substance that develops when wood is burned in your fireplace. Since it’s highly combustible, creosote poses a fire hazard unless Ii is regularly removed by a chimney sweep. To protect your home, have the chimney swept out annually.

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How to Prep a Fireplace for Winter

Winter fireplace

Fall is the perfect time to prepare the fireplace for winter, so you know everything is ready before you intend to use it. This checklist will help you prep your fireplace for a full winter of regular use.

Hire a Chimney Sweep

A chimney sweep removes all the debris from your chimney, so it’ll burn clean. Once the chimney is clean, you can assess its condition. Note that chimney sweeps tend to get booked up during the holiday season, so set up your appointment early to get in before the rush. […]