Have you a decent wood supply for the winter? It might be that you have quite a bit of wood, but it isn’t burning well. What is the problem? Many homeowners struggle through winter after winter with difficult fires and dwindling wood supplies before realizing they’re going about it al
You’ve probably been burning a fire in your fireplace since Autumn with no problem. But there could be problems hidden from sight. Your fire may light and burn, but if you haven’t had your chimney system serviced, it may be filled with creosote. It may have a hazard that has not been
Your chimney is built to last. When constructed properly, in accordance with residential standards and safety codes, your chimney should outlive your house. If your chimney has gone years without being serviced, inspected, or repaired, then you may have some issues that you aren’t eve
The harsh freezing temperatures of winter can bring lots of damage to masonry chimneys, and The Mad Hatter wants to help you be prepared this winter. Why does so much damage occur to chimneys in the winter? According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), water is the bigg
If you are in the market to buy a home, you want to be sure the house you invest in is in good condition with no potentially expensive problems. When the home includes a fireplace and chimney, you should make sure that a chimney inspection is performed by a chimney professional, such
The most important maintenance task to ensure fireplace safety, chimney sweeping should be done at least once a year. According to The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), and other fire safety organizations, an annual chimney sw
You have routine maintenance done on many of the things you own so why should your chimney be any different? You want your fireplace to be to be both visually appealing and safe for you and your family. It is recommended that every year you have a chimney sweep and basic inspection.
It is hard to overstate the importance of proper cleaning and maintenance of clothes dryers and their vents. Their contribution to single and two-family “residential building fires” has been dramatically reduced since the USFA’s 2009 report brought its importance to everyone’s attenti