Chimney Maintenance

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Common Chimney Questions and Answers

Keep your chimney chugging along.

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Water Damage and Your Masonry Chimney

Water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than fires do.

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A Guide to Chimney Liners

A chimney liner isn't just a precaution; it's a necessity. Learn more about why you need one and what kind you should have.

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Chimney Fires

Chimney fires are a risk you take with any wood burning stove or fireplace. Know what to look for and how to prevent fires.

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5 Tips for Properly Attaching a Stovepipe

It connects the heating unit to the chimney flue.

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5 Advantages of Using a Clay Chimney Liner

You've got options, so get informed!

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What to Look for when Buying a Chimney Flashing Kit

Create a seal between the roof and the chimney.

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5 Problems to Avoid when Installing a Chimney Pot

They used to be common, and they still have appeal today.

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Tips for Replacing Metal Flashing in Your Chimney

The most common reason for needing to replace the metal flashing on your chimney is weather damage. Over time, rain can beat away at the metal flashing and cause a leak, which consequently will cause dampness within your home. Remove Existing Flashing You must remove the existing flashing, along with

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Replace Metal Chimney Flashing Easily

You know that your metal chimney flashing needs to be repaired when that area on your ceiling is showing signs of moisture. Replacing chimney flashing is not impossible to do on your own. Here are simple steps. Tools and Materials Needed: Galvanized chimney flashing (8 inch) Galvanized step flashing

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What are some common problems associated with chimney crowns?

As solid as a brick chimney most often seems, chimney crowns can actually develop problems that can cause your chimney to leak and even fall apart. You should know what some of these problems are. Common Chimney Crown Problems Your chimney can develop cracks that allow water to leak into your chimney.

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Should I use flashing under my metal chimney crowns?

Without chimney crowns chimneys would be penetrated by water from rain and melting snow that would run down the chimney. During chimney installation several precautions should be included in its construction that will prevent this water intrusion. Included among these precautions should be the installation

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How often should I replace my chimney crown?

The chimney crown protects the chimney brick from being exposed to moisture from weather can, over time, deteriorate. When this happens, there is no shield above the bricks. They, in turn, become weathered and your chimney begins to deteriorate. To prevent this deterioration of your chimney, you will

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Replacing Brick Chimney Lining

With frequent use of the fireplace, it eventually becomes necessary to replace your chimney lining. This is the material that lines the flue within the chimney. It helps to prevent discharge of smoke and combustion gases into the room. The lining also helps to prevent stains on the chimney walls caused

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How to Tell if a Chimney Needs to be Cleaned

It's important to have a regular maintenance program.

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How to Repair Broken Chimney Mortar

If these structures erode they can become a serious hazard.

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Your Chimney Inspection Checklist

Having a checklist is a must.

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Installing Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing stops leaks.

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How to Install Wood Stove Chimney Flashing

You'll have this one done in a flash.

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Stove Pipe vs Chimney Pipe

Is it a stove pipe or a chimney pipe? Learn the difference.

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How to Repair Metal Chimney Caps

Like your house, your chimney appreciates a clean roof.

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How to Install a Chimney Cowl

There are different types of chimney cowls.

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How to Repair Chimney Flashing

It's not easy, but it's much cheaper as a DIY.

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How to Successfully Repair a Chimney Leak

Leaks can cause serious damage and expense.

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7 Reasons Why You Need a Chimney Liner

A chimney liner is an essential safety feature.

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Stainless Chimney Liner vs Aluminum Chimney Liner

Most authorities require that you install a chimney liner.

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5 Types of Chimney Cowls Explained

This article compares 5 types of chimney cowls.

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How to Clean a Chimney Flue

A chimney needs to be cleaned regularly.

How to Construct a Chimney Crown

A chimney crown or mortar cap might seem to be a simple and sometimes insignificant part of a chimney.

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How to Install a Metal Chimney Pipe

Follow these steps to install a metal chimney pipe.

10 Advantages of Using a Chimney Balloon

A chimney balloon is a balloon made of special heat reactive, durable material. Its purpose is to block

4 Different Types of Chimney Cleaning Logs Explained

Chimney cleaning logs are used to reduce creosote and build-up of tar and soot in the fireplace.

How To Repair A Chimney Cap

If your chimney is older or if you haven't cleaned it in a while, repair your chimney cap to keep it looking like new.

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How to Install a Chimney Damper

The damper controls heat, airflow, and smoke for your fireplace and chimney.

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How to Clean a Wood Stove Chimney Pipe

Ensure a safe wood-burning fire with a clean chimney pipe.

How to Seal Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing is the layer of sheet metal that connects from the roof to the chimney, designed to be the seal that prevents water from entering your home by running down the chimney.

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How to Make a Homemade Chimney Cap

New chimney caps can cost upward of $300. Build your own in a few steps with this guide.

How to Install a Chimney Flue

Fitting a chimney flue into a chimney is a necessary part of starting to use an old chimney.

4 Different Types of Chimney Flashing Explained

Chimney flashing will help prevent water from leaking into the chimney.

Painting a Metal Chimney Cap

A chimney cap is an important part of your chimney system. When you have a chimney the chimney cap is

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How to Clear Out a Blocked Chimney

Clean your chimney in eight easy steps.

Clay Flue Liner Basics

A flue liner is found along the pathway of the exhaust fumes in a chimney. It is essentially a functional layering, found along the chimney’s flue.

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How to Repair a Broken Chimney Flue

Follow these simple guidelines to do the job fast and easily.

3 Different Types of Chimney Brushes Explained

Chimney brushes are important tools when it comes to cleaning the flues of our fireplaces or woodstoves.