How to Stop Chimney Swifts from Invading Your Chimney

April 24, 2019
Now that it’s spring, you’ve probably noticed birds building nests in trees, bushes, empty mailboxes, and pretty much any other spot they can find. One place you really don’t want birds nesting? In your chimney. The very worst offender is probably the chimney swift, who can occupy chimneys in the...
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What to Prepare for Each Season With Your Chimney

February 20, 2019
Making Sure you’re Using Seasoned Wood Seasoned wood is important because it reduces the moisture buildup and therefore reduces the creosote buildup in your chimney. Wood should be dried for at least 6 months before use to ensure the wood is dry enough for use. Removing Ash Buildup Removing ash...
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The 5 Most Common Chimney Issues

January 13, 2019
This article will help you identify the five most common issues that will occur with ownership of a chimney. If you experience any of these issues, contact your local chimney sweep to help resolve them immediately. Creosote Owning a wood burning fireplace and can be very relaxing and great way...
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3 Things Responsible Wood-Burning Fireplace Owners Do

December 21, 2018
Owning a wood burning fireplace is a nice decorative piece for any home and can also provide some much-needed warmth during the winter months. Owning a fireplace is a responsibility however and should be treated with care. A fireplace that receives no care can be a hazard but there are...
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Chimney Cap vs. Top Sealing Dampers

November 25, 2018
If you’ve ever seen the top of your chimney you’ve probably seen a cap or damper covering the chimney flue. These covers are important for the safety of your chimney as well as keeping pests and other issues from occurring inside your chimney and preventing the elements and nature from...
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Do I Have a Spark Guard? Ask an Apex Chimney Repair Blog

November 11, 2018
If you have a chimney cap you are required by code to also have a spark guard. Also known as a spark arrestor, these screens attach to the cap to help prevent sparks or other hot debris from exiting the chimney and catching fire to the roof of your home....
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