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Time to Have Your Chimney Smoke Chamber Parged?

If it’s been several years (or more) since your smoke chamber was last inspected, this summer is a good time to schedule this task. A thorough chimney inspection will tell you if parging is necessary to reduce the chances of a chimney fire and to help your fireplace draft more efficiently. What is smoke chamber Read more

How to Enjoy Your Fireplace in the Spring & Summer

You get a lot of benefits from your fireplace during our cold Massachusetts winters. But after having an annual chimney inspection, you can keep enjoying the fireplace and surrounding hearth area during the warmer months with a few creative upgrades and additions. First, clean the firebox and bricks Before you start getting creative with your Read more

Closing Your Fireplace for the Summer: Four Tips

Your fireplace and chimney have served you throughout the winter, so now that the burning season is over, it’s time to return a little of that service. Here are some tips on closing your fireplace for the summer. Inspect both the fireplace and the chimney Inspections should be handled by licensed chimney service technicians and Read more

Get Chimney Inspections Before Buying a New Home

You found a new home for your family, signed the paperwork, and ordered a home inspection to ensure its major systems are in working order and do not require costly repairs. However, when buying a home with a solid or liquid fuel heating appliance like a fireplace or heating stove, many homebuyers don’t realize they Read more

Is it Time to Reface Your Fireplace?

Whether you have a traditional masonry fireplace, a fireplace insert or a prebuilt fireplace, you can dramatically enhance the look of your hearth area with a custom fireplace refacing project. Refacing the fireplace structure or the area around it can be a fairly simple job that you can take on; it also can be quite Read more