Issues of a Dirty Chimney

chimney sweep washington dcAt High’s Chimney Service, we believe your fireplace is a functional yet charming feature of your home. Like with many home features, it is critical to invest in regular maintenance and preservation plans to help protect the safety of your loved ones and your home. Below we discuss the possible issues that can be associated with a dirty chimney.

  • Chimney Fires

Harmful debris, such as soot and creosote can accumulate in your chimney over time, creating an ideal environment for a chimney fire due to their combustible characteristics. Chimney fires are dangerous because they can spread to other parts of your home.

  • Health Problems

Dirty chimneys can become clogged over time without a thorough chimney sweep in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas. When your chimney becomes clogged, it can cause a poisonous gas called carbon monoxide to build up in your home. Carbon monoxide can be harmful and deadly if inhaled, so it is vital to have regular chimney sweeps and inspections.

  • Smoke Damage

When your chimney becomes dirty and clogged with soot, it can also clog your flue and cause the smoke not to rise. If the smoke does not rise and exit your chimney, it can enter your home and create unwanted smoke damage to your belongings and your air.

Contact us today at 1 (888) 444-4712 to learn more about our chimney sweep services and to schedule an appointment.

Welcome to High’s Chimney Blog

chimney liner installation prince george's county, mdWelcome to High’s Chimney Blog. We strive to provide superior chimney installations, repairs, and maintenance services to help you receive the most out of your fireplace. We consider the safety of our client’s one of the most important goals of our company, which is why we provide comprehensive inspections and cleanings. Check below to learn more about the specific services we offer.

  • Level 1 Inspection- Our skilled technicians thoroughly examine the readily accessible parts of your chimney.
  • Level 2 Inspection- Our level two inspection is a more detailed inspection that reviews the accessible parts of your chimney, in addition to the attic, crawlspace, and other areas.
  • Leak Detection & Inspection- This inspection focuses on locating the leaking culprits that are commonly found in the chimney’s cover, crown, bricks, and flashing.
  • Chimney Cleaning- We provide comprehensive chimney cleanings to keep your home and loved ones safe.
  • Air Duct Cleaning- Our air duct cleaning aims to remove a significant amount of debris and dust from your ducts that can negatively impact your indoor air.
  • Dryer Vent Cleaning- We clean your dryer and the venting system to help prevent hazardous home fires.
  • Chimney Repair- We provide affordable repairs that are often needed in your chimney, including cracks in the lining, holes in the mortar, deterioration, and more.

Contact us today at 1 (888) 444-4712 to schedule an appointment for a chimney liner installation in Prince George’s County, MD, and the surrounding areas.

Reasons Your Gas Fireplace Isn’t Working

Gas fireplaces have several benefits: they’re easy to control, efficient at heating, and clean-burning. Every once in a while, however, there will be issues that need to be addressed. Below are some common problems with gas fireplaces and how to fix them:

Why Won’t My Gas Fireplace Start?

There are several issues that might prevent a gas fireplace from igniting. Here are some potential causes: Continue reading

Best Way to Waterproof a Chimney

Asking what’s the best way to waterproof a chimney or what are the best waterproofing products are both understandable enough questions, but they’re also too broad for a simple answer. Best way to waterproof what kind of chimney? Are we waterproofing a vertical wall or the breast of the brickwork? There are brick, concrete block, stucco and stone chimneys and there are different considerations for all of them – meaning you might use different products on different types of chimneys. Let’s peel this back like an onion. Continue reading

Removing 3rd Degree Creosote with Poultice Creosote Remover

Since the other articles were written, there is something new to add. There is a new chemical by Saver Systems called PCR (Poultice Creosote Remover) and it works really well and really fast. By fast I mean overnight. In extremely bad situations it is conceivable that it could take two applications. It is available through chimney service companies, not available to the general public.

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Who is it good for? It’s good for people who have 3rd degree creosote and… Continue reading

Best Types of Outdoor Fire Pits For Patios & Backyards

ChimineaNothing makes a backyard or patio more welcoming than a warm, safe fire. Choosing the type of fire pit that will fit your space and meet your needs is no easy task. You have to consider how much space you will need to ensure safety, how many people will be enjoying the fire at one time, and which style will complement the landscaping and furniture of your outdoor space.

As experts on fireplaces and fireplace safety, we review the types of outdoor fire pits available and provide some helpful ideas to consider when making a selection. Other than digging a hole in the ground, there are two common ways to have a fire outdoors: outdoor fireplaces or freestanding fire pits. There are a many types freestanding fire pits or bowls which we will review below.

First, here are a few things you’ll want to consider when choosing the best type of fire pit for your space. Continue reading

Reviews: the Good, the Bad, and the Grateful

This doesn’t really fit in any category but I’m in a mood to write it.  Online reviews are an important part of doing business these days. We certainly get our fair share of the good and bad, but ultimately what’s important is our customer. We recently got a terrible review online. The guy gave a long and detailed description of a job gone bad and how terribly inept, unresponsive, etc, etc. we were. You can bet that got our attention and we looked into it right away.

customer reviews speech bubbleThe thing is that we couldn’t find this fellow in the system at all.  And we couldn’t find a job that fit the description around the time he mentioned.  Not to mention, anything that went as bad as this guy’s job could not escape notice around here.  We are certain something is wrong with the review.  Do not think I am saying we never mess up- a company this size has its share of problems (usually from some kind of lack of communication- it’s our constant challenge) but we try to be right on top of every problem.  We try to get things resolved quickly for everyone’s sakes, including our own.  But this review doesn’t ring right. Continue reading

National Fire Prevention Week – Washington, DC

This October 5th-11th marks the 93rd year the National Fire Prevention Association holds their Fire Prevention Campaign. The campaign was first launched in 1922 after President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire (October 8th, 1871).

This year the theme is “Working smoke alarms save lives, test yours every month!” As part of the theme the NFPA has released some tips for installing, checking, and maintaining smoke alarms. Continue reading