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Chimney Water Leaks

If you are noticing water in your chimney, you are not alone. Many homeowners throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore area notice water in their chimney a time or two in its lifetime. However, a leaky chimney could be caused by many different issues—some normal and some which need to be repaired. Below, the chimney experts at Capitol Chimney have outlined reasons you may have a leaky chimney.

How Do I Know If My Fireplace Needs a Repair?

Homeowner’s tend to take their fireplaces for granted as long as they work properly. When they don’t, they can lead to house fires, back-drafting smoke into your home and inefficiency. Finding issues with your fireplace before they cause a problem is easy if you know what to look for.

Why Do I Need My Chimney Cleaned?

If you own a home with a fireplace, hopefully you make sure to schedule your yearly chimney sweep. Of course, depending on how often you use your fireplace, you could need a chimney cleaning more or less often than once every year. If you haven't stayed up to date with your chimney's cleanings and service, perhaps it's because you're not sure why it's so important to have your chimney cleaned. The more we move into the colder the months, the more you'll likely be using your fireplace. Now is the time to learn why chimney cleanings are such a crucial part of home maintenance!

What Is a Chimney Flue?

With great comfort comes great responsibility. What we’re trying to say is, having a fireplace is awesome, but it comes with some responsibility. One of those responsibilities is understanding the different parts of your fireplace and chimney so that you can operate it safely.

Fixing Loose Chimney Bricks

Your chimney is constantly exposed to all sorts of cold, wind, rain, and snow on the outside. On the inside, it’s exposed to the hot gases and other byproducts from when you use your fireplace. Understandably, a brick or two might become loose over time.

How to Eliminate Chimney Odors

It’s definitely fireplace season, folks! If you haven’t already, you’re probably getting excited to light and enjoy your first fire of the season. But you know what can ruin a nice cuddle and hot chocolate session in front of the fire with your significant other? Chimney odors. We wouldn’t want you to be in a situation where you have to say, “I swear, it wasn’t me, it was the chimney.” Trust us.

What Is the Best Fuel for My Fireplace?

There are many other types of ways to fuel your fireplace other than wood. Did you know some of our customers love fueling their fireplace with corn? We’ll get to that in a second. But first, you should know that the best type of fuel for your fireplace will obviously depend on what kind of fireplace you have. In this blog post, we’ll break down the fuels by fireplace type to give you an overview of the different types of fuel options for each unit.

The Importance of Chimney Caps

At Capitol Chimney Service, we provide all sorts of chimney services, but our most popular service is without a doubt the good ol’ fashioned chimney sweep. We’ve been sweeping chimneys since 2001, and one of the things we almost always recommend to homeowners is installing a chimney cap. A chimney without a cap is pretty much like a house without a roof!

Reminder: Time to Schedule a Chimney Sweep!

With summer officially over the Washington, D.C. area temperatures dropping down into the 60s, 50s, and even 40s (gulp!), you’re probably getting ready to use one of your prized home appliances—your fireplace. But before you throw the first log on—don’t forget to schedule your annual chimney sweep!

What to Do in Case of a Chimney Fire

At Capitol Chimney Service, you always hear us warning you about the dangers of a chimney fire. We hope you never experience one! But if you do, we want you to be as prepared as possible—hence this blog post.

How to Remove Chimney Deposits

Whenever you use your fireplace, by-products from the fire build up in your chimney. These by-products include:

  • Soot – Soot is the black/brown soft dust-like deposit that accumulates when you use your fireplace.
  • Creosote – Creosote is a hard, black/brown flakey substance that builds up in your fireplace venting system.
  • Glaze – Glaze is a shiny, tar-like substance. Of the three types of deposits, it’s the hardest to remove.

Where Can I Install a Fireplace?

Are you thinking about installing a fireplace in your home? Before you get swept away with thoughts of you and your significant other snuggling by your new fireplace with mugs full of hot chocolate, there are several important considerations you need to make! Probably of most importance to you is where you can install a fireplace.

How to Clean a Chimney

If you’re here, you probably understand that cleaning your chimney is important for more than just cleanliness purposes. Regular chimney sweeps remove flammable deposits, like soot and creosote, from the interior walls of your chimney—improving overall fireplace efficiency and reducing your risk of chimney fires.

What Is a Fireplace Firebox?

Your firebox is the part of your fireplace where the actual fire burns. Therefore, it’s also the part of your fireplace that must withstand the most heat.

Got Chimney Leaks?

Do you have a leaking chimney? Chimney leaks can be symptom of a number of chimney issues. If you discover a chimney leak, it’s best to call a professional chimney company to find the source of the leak and repair it as soon as possible. Delaying chimney repair when you have a leaking chimney can cause a great deal of damage to your ceiling, fireplace, and more.

What Is a Chimney Sweep?

Did you know that regular chimney sweeping is crucial to prevent chimney fires? Regular chimney sweeping removes flammable deposits, like soot and creosote, from the interior walls of your chimney. When debris builds up in your chimney, it reduces your fireplace efficiency and can also cause chimney fires.

Types of Fireplaces

If you’re interested in installing a fireplace, there are many types of fireplaces to choose from. There are many factors to consider when determining what type of fireplace is best for your home, so it’s important to know what your fireplace options are and the benefits they deliver.

What is the Best Firewood to Burn

Many of us are probably guilty of throwing gift wrap into the fireplace on Christmas morning. But it’s not safe or efficient to burn any and all types of wood products in your fireplace. To get the best fire, we recommend burning seasoned firewood only—and keep the gift wrap out of the fireplace!

Why Do You Need Fireplace Cleaning?

As we approach the holiday season, you’re probably excited to entertain family and guests in front of your fireplace. But a dirty fireplace can take you from being the “host with the most” to the “host with the most…soot.” In general, fireplace cleaning allows your fireplace to operate more efficiently, and also look more attractive. But most importantly, regular fireplace cleaning (in addition to regular chimney cleaning) will greatly reduce your risk for chimney fires.

Preventing Chimney Fires with Chimney Cleaning

Most chimney fires are easily prevented with proper usage and chimney maintenance. In fact, one of the best ways you can avoid chimney fires is by regularly scheduling professional chimney cleaning. Chimney fires can be extremely damaging to your chimney and home, and they can also injure you or your family members. If you live in the Silver Spring, MD or surrounding area, prevent chimney fires today by contacting Capitol Chimney Service for chimney sweeping today.

Welcome to Our Chimney Services Blog

At Capitol Chimney Service, we’re committed to providing you with premier chimney cleaning, sweeping, installation and repair services. We want to make sure your chimney and fireplace are always operating efficiently, so we’ll be blogging about industry insider tips for proper chimney and fireplace maintenance, as well as tips for chimney and fireplace selection and installation.

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