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Animals Inside Chimneys

It’s finally Spring! Sunshine and warm temperatures aren’t the only thing Spring brings us. It also brings us visitors who love to live in your chimneys. A majority of our phone calls regarding animals, consist of a homeowner either hearing strange noises or because...

Leaking Chimneys

April showers bring May flowers, but those showers can cause your chimney to start leaking. Here are the most common contributors to a leaky chimney: No Caps If your chimney does not have a chimney cap on top of it, then your flue will be exposed to all the harsh...

The History of Chimney Sweeps

  The profession of chimney sweeping can date back to as early as the 16th century. England had instilled a hearth tax which was based on the size of the home as well as the number of fireplaces the home had. In an effort to lower the tax amount, builders would often...

Benefits of Regular Chimney Maintenance

  You’ve just made yourself a nice hot cup of cocoa, snuggled up to your roaring fire, and realized you don’t remember the last time you had your chimney cleaned; then you start wondering, is it really necessary to have it cleaned? According to the National Fire...

Wood Burning Fireplaces

Wood burning fireplaces are not only a good source of heat, they can also add a cozy ambience to any room. Having fires can be a relaxing experience, but chimney fires on the other hand are not. With a better understanding of your chimney system and how it works...

Smoking Issues

Having a fire is often an enjoyable experience or until your room fills up with smoke. We have compiled a list of reasons for why you may be experiencing this issue: Wet Wood The ideal moisture content for seasoned firewood should be between 20-25%. Wet wood creates...

One Home Inspection Mistake That Can Cost Thousands

Between searching for your dream home, making an offer and performing a home inspection, buying a new home can be extremely stressful. While most believe that a home inspection will cover everything there is to know about their new home, there is one area...

Learn How to Properly Build a Fire in Your Fireplace

This one sounds simple in theory, but trust me, once you learn how to build a fire the proper way, you’ll regret the time you spent trying to figure it out on your own. While there are a hundred different ways to build a fire, starting a safe and efficient fire...

Why Is My Chimney Leaking?

Water should never enter your home through your chimney, but occasionally a problem might occur and rain could be entering your home or the fireplace, causing damage. In order to repair your leaky chimney in Holland, Grand Rapids, and surrounding areas, we will look...

The Ultimate Guide to a Stress-Free Wood Burning Season

The weather is getting colder, the leaves are starting to fall, and the first glimmer of snowflakes are beginning to cascade towards the ground. It is wood burning season and you are excited to finally cozy up in front of the warmth of a fire and relax. The only thing...

Stock Up on “Seasoned” Wood

What is seasoned wood? According to the CSIA, seasoned wood is wood that has a moisture content between 20-25%. The low moisture content of the wood is what makes seasoned wood the perfect fuel: It burns cleaner, brighter, and much hotter than wood with a...

Schedule a Sweep As Early As Possible

The wood burning season varies year to year, but as a safe starting point, it usually begins in August and tapers off towards the end of January. During this peak season, the wait for a sweep could take weeks and you could end up not enjoying your fireplace until well...