1. Best Practices for Chimney Care

    There’s nothing greater than an evening spent in front of the fireplace as storms pass through. And it’s nights like that which make it worthwhile to take care of your home’s hearth. For the most part, taking care of your chimney and fireplace is simple, especially once you’ve lit a few fires. But in case this is your first time owning a home with a fireplace, we’ve cataloged some “bes…Read More

  2. Creative Ideas for Firewood Storage

    If you’re like we are here at Chimney Care Plus, then you probably spend most of your free time fireside. We love our fires, and dedicate ourselves to maintaining chimneys here in Maryland so that our neighbors can enjoy their hearths as much as we do. Now, if your fireplace and firepit prove to be a focal point in your day to day, then you may be spending plenty of time walking back and forth b…Read More

  3. Signs Your Chimney Is Failing

    Now that winter is in full swing, lots of folks are using their chimneys for the first time. And most of the time, your chimney will perform as well as it did last year. That said, chimney components can fail, and they require proper maintenance to ensure that your chimney remains safe and free from leaks. That’s why it’s crucial to have regular inspections and maintenance performed on your ro…Read More

  4. Why You Should Leave Chimney Care to Professionals

    If you’re considering performing a chimney inspection or repair yourself, we urge you to reconsider. While some inspections and repairs are doable (like checking to see if the chimney damper is open), we recommend that you hire a professional for most issues. After all, your chimney is full of dangerous soot and creosote, and if you have to do any work on the roof of your home, the height alone …Read More

  5. The Dangers of Ice Dams

    Winter means snowfall here in Frederick, Maryland. And snowfall can, unfortunately, lead to roof ice dams. What are ice dams? Well, ice dams can form on the roof of a home as snow melts and refreezes. Throughout the day, snow can melt on your roof, then refreeze at night, creating a layer of ice that can build up and cause pooling at the base or in the corners of your roof. Now, these ice dams are…Read More

  6. Understanding the Protective Components of Your Chimney

    If you have a fireplace in your house, it can serve as an invaluable source of warmth and entertainment for you and your family. Yet unfortunately, your chimney can prove to be a weak point for your home, since it is vulnerable to wear and tear from the elements. Fortunately, you can protect your chimney with regular maintenance of its components. Now, you may be wondering, what exactly protects m…Read More

  7. Common Causes of Chimney Leaks

    A fireplace is an asset to any household for many good reasons. Of course, a fireplace and chimney add warmth and monetary value to a home. However, with all the cozy benefits that fireplaces and chimneys bring, they require a lot of care and maintenance. Additionally, both your fireplace and chimney can experience problems over time. Luckily, there are experienced chimney repair services availabl…Read More

  8. Identifying Causes of Chimney Odor

    Fireplaces and chimneys, although they add warmth and monetary value to your home, sometimes they just flat out smell. Chimney odors become more common during this time of year when the moisture inside a chimney heats up on hot and humid days during the summertime. While smelly chimneys can be frustrating for homeowners, you certainly do not have to live with them! When it comes to odors coming fr…Read More

  9. Buying a Home With a Chimney? Here’s What You Need to Know

    When looking for a new home, there are many features and amenities that people tend to look for. An open kitchen space, an outdoor patio, and garage are a few of things homebuyers will look out for. Additionally, some home buyers will have a fireplace at the top of their list for desired amenities. Fireplaces and chimneys can be very beneficial, especially during the colder months of the year. How…Read More

  10. Fire Safety Tips for Kids

    When you have a fireplace in your home and you also have children in the home, you need to place an added emphasis on fire safety. While fireplaces are not dangerous when used properly and well-maintained, they can be hazardous in the hands of small children. Make sure your kids have a deep understanding of the importance of fire safety from the time they are very young. As Western Maryland's sour…Read More