We Do Dryer Vents!

We Do Dryer Vents!

When you think of Leonard and Sons, you probably associate us with being Chicagoland’s number one chimney maintenance provider. However, as a building service, we are proud that we can provide the city we love with more than just top-notch chimney and fireplace...
How to Keep Rain Out of Your Chimney

How to Keep Rain Out of Your Chimney

Once it gets warmer out, we here at Leonard and Son’s start to see a rise in the number of calls we get regarding leaky chimneys. Water leaking in the fireplace, water stains on brickwork and unpleasant smells from the chimney are some of the more common complaints...
We can remove fireplace stains!

We can remove fireplace stains!

Your fireplace is the focal point of your home. However, it can be frustrating when you are forced to focus on its unsightly stains, instead of the beauty it adds to your living area. Over the years, soot and salts accumulate on your masonry, creating an unsightly...
Why You Need a CSIA-Certified Sweep

Why You Need a CSIA-Certified Sweep

When you think about it, owning a chimney is a big responsibility. When you operate your chimney, you are burning fuel at high heats. You need to be sure that every component of your chimney is being maintained and in tip-top shape, otherwise, you may be putting your...
How to Best Maintain Gas Logs

How to Best Maintain Gas Logs

Owning a gas log fireplace is very convenient. It’s wonderful being able to turn a fire on with a flip of a switch. A common misconception is that gas logs require no maintenance at all. However, just like a traditional fireplace, gas log fireplaces also need periodic...

What is smoke chamber parging?

If you’ve read through our blogs, you’ve probably come to learn that your chimney system is a lot more complicated than you originally thought it was. In fact, trying to remember all the components of your chimney and how they function can be a little overwhelming....

What to Do With Your Fireplace in the Warmer Months

Spring is here and soon it will be warm enough that you won’t be using your fireplace for a while. Your home may not seem a cheery without a warm fire dancing in your fireplace, but it usually doesn’t make sense to have a fire in your fireplace during the summer. So,...

Refresh Your House with Tuckpointing

Have you noticed that your home’s masonry is looking a little worse for wear? Are pieces of the mortar between your brickwork loose or falling out of place? If so, our expert masons at Leonard & Sons can restore your home and have it looking like new again with a...

Solving Fireplace Stains

Everyone enjoys sitting around the warm glow of a fire. However, most of us could do without looking at the masonry stains that can occur with frequent fireplace usage. Over the years soot, caused by smoke and salts from your masonry, can create black and white stains...

Identifying Masonry Damage

Your chimney was designed to withstand heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, and anything else Mother Nature tries to throw at it. However, even a well-built chimney will start to succumb to the elements after years of service. Furthermore, if your chimney is not well...