White Stains On My Chimney? What Is Efflorescence?

A common issue with masonry chimneys is the formation and eventual build up of a white substance called efflorescence. While many people may assume the residue is a normal occurrence in an aging chimney, it can actually be a sign of underlying issues. So What Exactly Is Efflorescence? Efflorescence indicates the presence of water in […]

WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY CHIMNEY INSPECTED?

TO PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES – Creosote is a highly flammable substance that naturally forms during the combustion process while burning wood. The more creosote that accumulates in your chimney the higher the risk of a chimney’s fire. TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING – Cracks or gaps in your firebox or flue are the points of […]

SPRING SHOWERS BRING ……..LEAKY CHIMNEYS

…….and May flowers which the rain is great for along with our gardens and wells but not so much for masonry chimneys –  especially ones that have suffered damage from the cold New England weather.  Signs of leaky chimneys can be water in your firebox, a rusty fireplace damper, water in your basement, staining on your ceiling as […]

When is the Best Time to Have a Chimney Swept?

The answer is NOW! We know, we know – thinking about anything that has to do with heating our homes right now is the probably the furthest thing from your mind, however, chimneys that haven’t been swept before the hot humid days of summer are upon us can be very stinky.  This odor is the […]