What Is a Chimney Spark Arrestor?

What Is a Chimney Spark Arrestor?

When it comes to the different parts of a chimney, it can be easy to get confused. Especially if you do not understand exactly what each part does. Also, it can be difficult when a part seems to do the same function as another part. Then you realize it ends up being...
Why Does My Fireplace Smoke?

Why Does My Fireplace Smoke?

You have been wanting to use your fireplace this winter! However, every time you try to light a fire, the entire room fills with smoke. American Chimney & Masonry knows how frustrating this can be. Not worry though, because it is a very common problem.  Customers...
Winter Heating Safety Tips

Winter Heating Safety Tips

Now that winter is in full swing, you should be ensuring you and your family are following the best safety practices when using the fireplace. Statistics show the dangers of ignoring fireplace safety recommendations. In 2014, the National Fire Protection Association...
Prepare Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Prepare Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Preparing your home for colder weather is an important task for homeowners, and making a fall home maintenance checklist is a great way to organize what you need to do. Ensuring you are taking care of everything you should is much easier when you have a checklist to...
It’s Not Too Late to Have Your Masonry Repairs Done

It’s Not Too Late to Have Your Masonry Repairs Done

Now that fall has arrived, you are most likely getting your home ready for colder weather and making sure your fireplace and chimney are ready for winter. Damaged bricks and mortar joints can further deteriorate during the winter, so it is very important to have this...
What Is Zone Heating?

What Is Zone Heating?

As the colder months of the year are approaching, it is time to start thinking about heating your home this winter. If you are looking for a way to reduce your heating costs, you may be interested in learning more about zone heating. This type of heating can save you...
Are You Ready to Light a Fire This Winter?

Are You Ready to Light a Fire This Winter?

You know that summer is coming to an end when it is time to get your kids ready to go back to school. The arrival of fall also means you need to start preparing your home for cooler temperatures. One home maintenance task that should be on your fall to-do list is...
Why a Gas Fireplace Insert Might Be Right for You

Why a Gas Fireplace Insert Might Be Right for You

If you have been disappointed by the heating efficiency of your old masonry fireplace, you may want to consider updating it with a gas fireplace insert. As much as you may love your open wood-burning fireplace, it can have an efficiency rating as low as 10 percent...