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When temperatures drop, it can be tempting to light up your fireplace, even if you haven’t had your chimney cleaned yet. You have always been told that you need to have your chimney swept every year before you light your first fire of the season, but do…

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Perhaps one of the most neglected heating systems is the chimney on an oil-fired furnace. Nearly every homeowner with a heating stove or fireplace knows that their chimney needs to be swept and inspected annually. Many homeowners don’t realize, however,…

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At Total Chimney Care, we believe in taking good care of our customers. To us, that means ensuring that our sweeps are well educated and trained in installing, maintaining and repairing fireplaces, heating stoves and chimneys. The best way to do that, is…

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Operating a wood-burning fireplace seems fairly straightforward. You build your fire, open the damper, and ignite the wood. However, you also must consider what you are burning in your fireplace. Make sure you are burning only seasoned firewood in your…

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As the summer rush slows down, it’s time to start thinking about fall maintenance. Of course, fall maintenance means preparing your chimney for its first fire. There are several steps you should take to be sure that your chimney is ready for winter.…

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Your clothing dryer might be the most dangerous item within your home. While much attention is paid to preventing fires with chimney sweeping and inspection, dryer vent cleaning remains largely ignored. Unfortunately, dirty dryer vents can pose major…

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As summer draws to a close, you are likely busy enjoying warm days and sunshine. Fall’s cool temperature, a glowing fireplace and your annual chimney sweeping and inspection are probably the furthest thing from your mind. If you take the time to schedule…

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The chimney damper seems a basic device that most homeowners with a fireplace understand. Before you light a fire, you turn a knob or push a lever that opens the damper, a metal flap just above the firebox. That allows smoke to exit through the chimney as…

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When was the last time you had your clothing dryer vents cleaned and inspected? If you can’t remember, or if the answer is never, you need to evaluate your dryer’s operation to determine if your vents are clogged with lint and in need of cleaning. When…

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