Category Archives: Certified Chimney Sweeps

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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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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Summer Fireplace Maintenance Tips: Preparing Your Fireplace for the Cold Ahead

When the sun is out and your AC is running for weeks on end, your fireplace may be the last thing on your mind. But summer fireplace maintenance is a great way to keep your house safe, cut down on some potential costs, and make sure you’re ready for a cozy fire when fall and winter […]

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Where Those Soot Stains Are Coming From & How to Avoid Them

It’s likely you’ve heard the phrase, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” But where there’s fire, there may also be soot stains. Soot stains in your home can range from a dense black layer that covers the exterior of your fireplace to a faint discoloration on walls or ceilings. Soot stains may be something that you […]

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Why You Should Replace Your Aluminum Flue Liner with Stainless Steel

Many homes, especially older homes, have fireplaces. They add an element of ambiance as well as provide heat. However, some of the chimneys of yesteryear were built without chimney liners which may be putting residents in danger of chimney fires. Additionally, with the increase in DIY projects, as well as budget businesses, some homes have […]

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Winter Chimney Preparations: 5 Tips to Ensure Your Chimney is Ready for Cold Weather

Each year the fall weather sneaks up and it seems as though one minute it is warm and sunny and the next, there’s frost on the ground. The rapid fluctuation in weather is a good indicator that winter is right around the corner. That means it’s time to prepare your chimney for the long, cold […]

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The Warmer Months Are the Best Time to Clean Your Chimney & Have It Inspected!

Cold weather ahead means it’s time to ready your fireplace for winter of chilly days and freezing nights. But first things first: you need your annual chimney inspection! Be ready for the cold that comes! Don’t wait until the first snow hits, the best time to clean your chimney is well before the temperatures drop. […]

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Announcing Two New CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweeps!

  Doctor Flue, inc.® is a family-owned and operated service company offering chimney and fireplace cleaning, inspections, repair, and installations since 1986. Primarily servicing SE Michigan and NW Ohio including the Ann Arbor, Metro Detroit and Toledo areas, Doctor Flue has serviced more than 30 counties in four states throughout more than 32 years. A […]

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When to Clean Your Chimney to Keep Your Home Safe

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the daffodils and tulips are in bloom. Spring has finally arrived after a long, cold winter. Your attention turns to the great outdoors. It is time to get out of the house, fire up the grill, maybe even gas up the lawnmower. As quickly as the […]

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FAQs About Fireplace & Chimney Mold

Few things sound as terrifying to homeowners as mold. It invades your home and can cause damage to your property and your health! While mold is most commonly associated with basements, chimney mold is another potential risk for homes both new and old. In many cases, homeowners won’t even realize they have chimney mold until […]

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