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Chimney Protection Keeps Your Fireplace Working & Home Safe!

Safety is a hot topic. Another hot topic is your fireplace! The heat this summer may have kept you from having a large blazing fire in it lately – or even a small cozy one. Even so, chimney and fireplace safety is an important topic when it comes to keeping your home safe. There are […]

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Five Signs Your Chimney Needs to be Repaired

With record temperatures out there, your chimney may be the last thing on your mind. But it shouldn’t be! Now is a great time to hammer out some of those maintenance issues that you’ll wish were done when the snowfall starts again – like looking at your chimney! But how do you know when you […]

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Why Do Chimneys Need to Be Swept?

With the scorching summer heat, the last thing you may be thinking of is your chimney. But now’s a great time to schedule your chimney sweeping and inspection! Though you may be thinking “why do chimneys need to be swept anyway?” It’s a great question – and the short answer is that it’s important to […]

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Can I Paint My Chimney or Is It Unsafe?

With summer weather, holidays and potentially some extra free time, it’s a popular season to tackle home improvement projects you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s cleaning up the garage, staining the deck, or looking at what could use a fresh coat of paint. But many homeowners ask themselves “can I paint my chimney?” The answer […]

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The Benefits of Electric Fireplaces for Your Home

When you think of your dream home, chances are you envision one with a cozy fireplace to sit around, basking in the glow. But not every home is built for a traditional fireplace – which meant you had to keep dreaming. Until now! The benefits of an electric fireplace mean homeowners of all types can […]

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Chimney Caps Prevent Animals in Chimneys

A chimney is a critical part of your home’s safety to vent out harmful smoke byproducts of a fire. Because it needs to have an open end, it creates a unique problem – animal invaders looking for refuge often find it by hiding inside the chimney. It’s common to find animals in chimneys, nesting or […]

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Do You Qualify for the New Wood & Pellet Heater Tax Credit?

Updating your home with a new wood or pellet heater is a great way to add new charm to your property and fight back against the freezing winter. Thanks to new legislation signed at the end of 2020, you can also get a significant credit back on your tax return for the upgrade, too! Read […]

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Wood Stove Heating for Your Home: Tips to Improve Your Heating Efficiency

The idea of heating with a wood stove is appealing for several different reasons. Certainly, the icy cold of wintertime brings heating your home to the forefront of your mind, and to the top of your priority list. Whether your motivation is environmental, aesthetic, or cost savings, wood stove heating can improve your heating efficiency […]

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Building a Fireplace Fire the Right Way

The first snow has fallen for the season here in Michigan, and that means fireplaces are being prepped for another cold season. A fire in your fireplace doesn’t happen spontaneously (which is probably a good thing!) so that means you need to know the right techniques for building a fireplace fire. Read on to learn […]

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Common Old Chimney Problems in Aging & Historic Homes

There is something alluring about an old home. The craftsmanship, the attention to detail, the design and architecture are certainly something to behold. However, all the charm takes a back seat when old chimney problems exist. Here are the most common old chimney problems that should be addressed in aging and historic homes. No Chimney […]

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