2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know When to Call for Backup

If you’ve been following along over the last couple of days, you’ve heard us talk about how to choose the right firewood and how to troubleshoot a poorly drafting chimney — things you, as a homeowner, can (and should) do on your own to ensure your system is working properly. Today, we’re going to switch gears a little … More 2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know When to Call for Backup

Why masonry chimneys have to meet the 3-2-10 rule, and how a CSIA certified chimney sweep does the math

It is widely known that masonry chimneys are required to meet the 3-2-10 rule. This rule means that they must extend 3 feet above the roof penetration on the shortest side, and the top of the chimney must be 2 feet higher than any portion of the building structure within 10 feet. This height requirement … More Why masonry chimneys have to meet the 3-2-10 rule, and how a CSIA certified chimney sweep does the math

The chimney is no place to get stuck; man lucky to be rescued after falling into flue

We’ve said it before.  It seems to happen every season. Someone assumes that the chimney is easily accessible – a shortcut, if you will, from the exterior to the interior of a home. They learn the hard way. Lacking the mystical powers of Santa, they get stuck. It happens more than you think. In this latest … More The chimney is no place to get stuck; man lucky to be rescued after falling into flue

Chimneys vent more than fireplaces – and are necessary for healthy environments

We hate to see what reportedly occurred this week at a Taco Bell in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania regarding air quality — but the incident is illustrative of an important public safety issue that CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are qualified to tackle!   The incident? Carbon monoxide from a chimney vent, which sickened employees at the … More Chimneys vent more than fireplaces – and are necessary for healthy environments

Why you want professionalism from your service provider, and that includes your chimney and venting

One of the benefits of hiring a chimney sweep or dryer exhaust technician certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America is the professionalism that comes with the credential. A new blog post from John Rudy, senior marketing and strategy manager for Cintas Corporation, reinforces this business practice. In his article, Rudy states that “organizations speak … More Why you want professionalism from your service provider, and that includes your chimney and venting

Rain, water, and common chimney issues in #Spring

Leaky chimneys. Raindrops in the fireplace. Water pooling on the tops of the chimney cap. It’s that time of year — when we still have snowy days, but start seeing mostly rainy ones. It’s usually when homeowners take notice of the performance of their chimney, already one of the most taken-for-granted parts of a home. The … More Rain, water, and common chimney issues in #Spring