Category Archives: Chimney Caps

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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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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When Do You Need a Chimney Cap Replacement?

Your chimney cap is a critical but often overlooked part of your fireplace and flue system. Without it, your home would be vulnerable to several risk factors – some of which could be severe. But because many homeowners don’t pay attention to their chimney cap, it can be easy to miss even obvious damage and […]

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Is There Chirping in Your Chimney?

  You don’t have to be human to enjoy the inviting warmth of a fireplace. In the cold of winter, the heat coming from your chimney may entice birds to gather around the top to stay warm; once in a while, one may venture in when the flames die down. Not only that, your chimney […]

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How to Make Chimney Masonry Repairs That Last

When is the Best Time for Chimney Masonry Repair? Now! With warmer weather on its way, why should you be thinking about chimney inspection and chimney masonry repair? Because now is the optimum time to find out if there are any problems and correct them, while good weather is still on your side. Over the […]

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What’s That Chattering Sound? The Truth about Chimney Swifts

Have you ever tried to wrangle raccoons out of a chimney? Hopefully you haven’t had to do that, but for professional chimney sweeps it’s not an unusual thing. Raccoons, squirrels, bats, and birds are among the many different types of critters that find their way into your chimney. But, there’s one bird in particular that […]

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Top 5 Reasons You Have a Leaky Chimney

Leaking chimneys cause a whole host of problems, including rust, rotting, water stains, and, in severe cases, chimney collapse. There are several different factors that play into your leaky chimney. We here at Doctor Flue are experts in identifying the causes of a leaky chimney and repairing the damage. We’ve compiled a list of five […]

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Summertime Fireplace Maintenance Tips

The summer months bring the sun, outdoor activities, and balmy temperatures. The last thing a homeowner thinks about during hot summer days is their fireplaces, but the decline in regular use makes summer the perfect time of year for fireplace upkeep and improvements. Here at Doctor Flue, we know fireplaces! We’ve got some great tips […]

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Help! There’s a Raccoon in the Chimney

Recently, the Doctor Flue team answered a service call from a homeowner in Birmingham, MI after she started hearing noises coming from her fireplace. Upon inspection, we discovered that noises were the result of not one, but two raccoons, making a home in her fireplace chimney! The raccoons were trying to open the damper to […]

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Yikes! There’s a Critter in my Chimney!

As cooler weather approaches, you can expect critters to find ways into your home – which is certainly not ideal for any homeowner. It’s not uncommon, especially in older homes, to hear the occasional mouse scurry across the attic floor, or find a critter setting up shop in your basement. Some homeowners have the misfortune […]

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