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...

Fire Safety Tips

A fireplace can bring warmth and enjoyment to your home. Nothing beats laying around the soft glow of a fire with family. However, although a fireplace can bring enjoyment to your home, you must also remember that your fireplace is an appliance and it can be hazardous...

Disposing of Fireplace Ash

There isn’t anything better than the ambiance created by a warm, glowing, wood fire in your fireplace. However, after the flames have subsided, what do you do with all the ash left in your fireplace? Properly disposing of your ash is not only a way to ensure a clean,...

Fireplace Facelifts

A well-designed fireplace can become the centerpiece of your living space, but did you know that your fireplace can also increase the value of your home. In fact, Angie’s List survey states that nearly 80 percent of real estate agents believe that a fireplace can...