1. 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

  2. Identifying The Common Cause 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

  3. What Not To Burn

    Having a fireplace or a wood burning stove can be a delightful experience. Snuggling up on a cold evening in front of the crackling flames creates a cozy ambiance in your home. When you operate your fireplace correctly, you can enjoy your fire without fear of danger. However, if you don’t take the necessary safety precautions, your beautiful fireplace can quickly turn into a massive safety hazar…Read More

  4. Birds in Your Chimney?

    Have you heard any unusual noises or chirping coming from your chimney? If it is between Spring and early Winter, you could be hearing  Chimney Swifts. These tiny birds migrate north from South America and return when the cold weather starts to set in. These birds are harmless, but you may not want them living in your chimney. You may not even notice them in your unused chimney until the babies a…Read More

  5. The History of the Chimney Sweep

    Chim Chimney, Chim Chimney, Chim Chim Cher-ee… these iconic song lyrics call to mind the quintessential chimney sweep Bert featured in the musical Mary Poppins. As long as there have been chimneys, the ash and soot they leave behind after a fire has needed to be cleared away. Chimneys build up creosote which can restrict airflow, and even catch fire inside the chimney. Chimney sweeps perform the…Read More

  6. Choosing the Proper Firewood

    The fireplace should be a focal point of your home. In times past, before technology invaded the living room, the hearth was where everything happened. The fireplace was used to cook, for light and, most importantly, to warm the home. The practice of cutting firewood was an affair that lasted all summer and for some, keeping the winter chill away depended on it. Back in those days, firewood was pr…Read More

  7. Pre-fire Inspections for Your Chimney

    The Maryland winter cold is just beginning to seep in, that miserable biting chill that seems to drip off of the trees in the still mornings. The time to use your fireplace is quickly approaching, but is it ready? How do you know if your fireplace, flue and chimney are ready for use? The only way to know for sure is to call the professionals at Chimney Care Plus. We are your local chimney care and…Read More

  8. Critters in the Chimney

    Do you ever think about your chimney? I mean, do you really think about it when the weather is warm and the fires are not burning. Probably not, it is just like the air conditioner in your car, it is never a sure thing it will work until that first hot day in spring. If you live in an area with wildlife it is a pretty good bet that at least at some point, one critter or another has considered your…Read More

  9. Fire Inside

    Fire. Yeah, the magical entity that inspires a million different poetic clichés, sports references and is even used to describe people with red hair. It is used as the benchmark of human discovery on this planet, how many times have you heard the adage of humans discovering fire? We love fire, we depend on fire to warm us, we count on fire to eat fiery treats like the blazing jalapeño popper. We…Read More

  10. The Weather Outside Is…

    The winter is right around the corner and you can almost hear the sleighbells of that jolly red-suited fella. You know who I am talking about and it is not Spiderman. Ok so maybe winter is officially six-months away and in the midst of the summer heat it is difficult to think about sitting in front of a roaring fire. The thing is, now is the perfect time to make that old chimney into an efficient,…Read More