Chimney Repair: The Definitive Guide to Chimney Inspection, Chimney Sweeps, and Repairs

Chimneys keep your home clean and safe so that you can have fires or heat inside your home. There are many kinds of chimneys but here we will talk about roof chimneys for fireplaces and the American laws and certifications for services and repairs.

A Warm Welcome to Our Future Chimcare Seattle Customers (Video)

  Video Script Welcome to Chimcare Seattle.  At our Chimcare Seattle location our employees take really good pride in their work.  One of the things that sets up apart from our competition is that we have extremely loyal and solid employees who love their line of work that they do.  From our office staff to…

Five Reasons to Call a Chimney Sweep Before Winter Hits the PNW

Winters in the Pacific Northwest can be brutal, and this one is sure to take its toll on you and your home — and even your chimney — if you don’t adequately prepare. Here are five reasons to call a chimney sweep before winter hits. 1. Prevent a Fire Burning wood causes a number of…

Preparing Your Chimney for Fall and Winter

Summer has ended, and as the chilly winter months approach we find ourselves grabbing at blankets, turning up the thermostat, or, if we’re lucky, lighting the fireplace in our home. However, without the proper precautions to make sure your fireplace and chimney are in tip-top condition, your fireside fantasies could be more dangerous than cozy.…

Guide to Zero-Clearance Fireplaces

Different types of fireplaces don’t differ much in use — just follow the proper safety steps and set a log on fire. Installation does vary, though, and particularly so for zero-clearance fireplaces. We’ll explore the benefits of zero-clearance fireplaces as well as their installation process so that you know what to expect now, rather than…

Homeowner’s Guide to Chimney Care in Cleveland

You don’t need a cockney accent or a bowling hat to take care of your chimney — a little know-how and a helping hand from the best chimney sweeps in Cleveland will keep your fireplace roaring comfortably. With Chimcare opening a location in Cleveland, you now have easy access to consistently high-quality chimney maintenance and…

How and Why the Government Regulates Wood Stoves and Fireplaces

Wood smoke, combined with other forms of pollution, causes: Lung diseases, such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes Pneumonia Newer fireplaces and wood stoves lessen the amount of smoke that escapes into the air, minimizing the potential damage to the health of individuals, communities, and the…

Pacific Northwest Guide to Uncertified Wood Stoves

If you are in the smoke reduction zone, it is illegal to operate or purchase an uncertified wood stove. This is true in both Oregon and Washington State. In Oregon, the law “requires removal and destruction of uncertified wood stoves and fireplace inserts when a home is sold. If a stove or insert is certified…

Why Regular Dryer Vent Cleaning Is So Important

The short answer: because nobody wants to wake up to a fire. Why Clean Your Dryer Vent The National Fire Protection Agency stated that for each year between 2010 and 2014, roughly 15,970 home fires involved clothing dryers or washing machines. That comes to roughly $238 million in direct property damage per year, as well…

Common Causes of Chimney Moisture Damage

Leaky chimney culprits are generally one of four primary causes. Unless fixed, they all result in frustration and moisture damage. We’ll give you a list of what to look for if your chimney is causing you grief. If one of these issues is not your problem, chances are the chimney isn’t the offender. Broken Chimney…

The Facts About Chimney Fires

Winter is the perfect time for families to gather in the evening around the hearth, enjoying the warmth and conviviality of a burning fire. Your fireplace doesn’t only encourage family time; as an architectural feature, your fireplace and its chimney add intrinsic value to your home. However, those same assets also present the very real…

Understanding the Different Costs of Chimney Maintenance and Repair

Keeping your chimney and fireplace clean and in good working condition is essential for aesthetic, functional, and health-related reasons. A poorly-maintained fireplace or chimney can produce a chemical buildup, a gas leak, or even a fire risk that could put your home and your family’s well-being in danger. A carefully maintained fireplace, on the other…

Different Types of Fireplaces and How to Choose Yours

There’s something beautiful and homey about a roaring fireplace, especially during the colder months and around the holidays. For many families, a fireplace can become a focal point for parties and even family game night. For single people or couples without children, a fireplace can be a source of romance on date night. Whatever your…

How to Use Masonry to Improve Your Landscaping

Stone walls, steps, and other masonry structures can add texture, color and interest to your landscaping. Learn about how masonry can improve your landscaping in this article.

Fall and Winter Chimney Safety Tips

Winter means curling up in front of your fireplace to enjoy the heat and the mesmerizing blaze, but if you’re not careful, it can also be dangerous. Follow these tips to stay safe this winter!

Homeowners Often Forget These Important Home Treatments

Get a step ahead of the maintenance for your home this winter by addressing these key home maintenance steps that many homeowners overlook.

How Ice and Snow Affect Your Chimney, Plus Winter Chimney Care

Ice and moisture can wreak havoc on your chimney and masonry if you don’t protect the brick from the wet and cold. Learn more about winter chimney care in this article.

Chimney Cap: Pros, Cons

Chimney caps are a protective measure to add to your chimney, but they can cause issues in some cases. Learn more about the pros and cons of having a chimney cap in this article…

How to Tell When It’s Time for Masonry Repair

Inspections and the occasional repair can keep your masonry in top shape all year round! Find out when you should get masonry repairs to protect your home from moisture and leaks.

How Ivy and Other Vines Can Harm Your Chimney and Masonry

Ivy and other vining plants can cause some serious damage to your chimney and masonry. Learn about the dangers, as well as ways to prevent them in this article.

HOA or Homeowner? Determining Responsibility for Chimney Repairs

Chimney repair is a bit unusual if you live in a condo or townhome with an HOA. In some cases, the HOA will cover the costs to repair your chimney. Learn how here…

A Guide to Chimney Repair and Insurance Coverage

Will your homeowner’s insurance cover the cost to repair your chimney damage? Learn about chimney damage and insurance coverage in this blog article.

Water and Your Chimney: Risks and Tips

The brick and mortar of your chimney is susceptible to some serious damage if it isn’t waterproofed, since water can cause the masonry to crumble and even get into your home to cause more damage. This article outlines the things to be aware of with water and your chimney.

9 Top Most Common Chimney Problems

From the fireplace and creosote build-up, to cracked masonry and malfunctioning fireplace dampers, there are a variety of things to maintain with your chimney. This article identifies the top most common chimney problems so that you can address them if they happen with your chimney.

HOA Resident’s Guide for Identifying, Dealing with Chimney Damage

Learn about the risks of chimney fires, plus how to identify chimney damage and prevent chimney fires in this article.

Important Questions to Ask a Masonry Contractor Before You Hire

Be sure to ask your potential masonry contractor about these key things before you hire them! Your chimney’s masonry is an important part of your home, and you don’t want to risk a poor job.

Chimney Crown: One of the Top Most Important Elements of Your Chimney

The crown of your chimney is an oft-forgotten, and yet very important aspect of your home. This is because it protects the masonry from water or snow getting absorbed into its pores, which can freeze and cause extensive damage to your chimney. Read more about your chimney crown in this article.

Understanding the Importance of Roof Flashing

Roof flashing protects your home at a very vulnerable spot, where the roof meets the chimney. When the flashing is damaged or out of place, water can get under the shingles and cause serious damage. Learn more about the importance of roof flashing in this article.

Choosing the Right Chimney Material for Your New Home

When constructing a new home, it’s important to consider aesthetic as well as function when choosing the right chimney material. This article will help identify some of the more popular chimney materials to choose from.

Spring & Summer Chimney Maintenance Tips

Your fireplace is the centerpiece of your home regardless of the season. Even though your fireplace may not be blazing during the spring and summer months, you should still ensure that it’s well-maintained and clean in order to avoid serious problems in the future. Why Your Chimney Might Be Smelling Funky If a strange smell…

The Complete Anatomy of a Chimney

For many of us in the Pacific Northwest, the fireplace is one of our favorite spots in the home for the family to get together. We can share stories, play games, or just spend time together by the fire. However, sometimes we may forget about the important parts of a chimney that remain unseen, beyond…

An Essential Guide to Creosote

Many of us who live in the Pacific Northwest are the proud owners of a home with a fireplace and a chimney. Often times, the fireplace is a nice spot for the entire family to get together and share quality time. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep your chimney tidy and well-maintained so…

Time for a Chimney Liner

Do you need a chimney liner? There are a lot of things to which we do not give much importance. But, in due time their need crops up urgently. One such thing is a chimney liner, which is probably not very popular yet. A lot of people feel that chimney liner is not a necessity…

Should You Compost Wood Ash?

Composting Wood Ash As we approach winter, more and more homeowners will begin firing up their wood stoves and fireplaces to both heat their homes and provide a level of comfort that can only come from a roaring fire. With so much activity, you’ll be producing a ton of wood ash. And fall is a…

How to Safely Clean Your Wood Fireplace

Cleaning Your Wood Fireplace There’s nothing better than the warmth of a wood fireplace on a chilly winter night, but with summer in full swing, your fireplace may be the very last thing at back of your mind. However, the warm weather is the perfect time to get a fresh start on your fireplace and…

Chimney Repair & Related Services in Portland

Chimcare Portland Masonry is a local, family owned company with over 20 years of experience helping residential and commercial property owners in Chimney Repair Portland Oregon in masonry repair and chimney sweep

Top Chimney Service in Portland

Chimcare Portland Masonry is a local, family owned company with over 20 years of experience helping residential and commercial property owners in Chimney Repair Portland Oregon in masonry repair and chimney sweep

Why You Should Clean Your Dryer Vents

Dryer Duct Cleaning and Maintenance Many homeowners don’t know it, but a blocked dryer duct could cause a house fire in an instant. Imagine waking up in the dead of the night to find your house on fire, and then later finding out that your clothing dryer is the culprit. According to the National Fire…

The Importance of Chimney Sweeping and Repair

Chimney sweeping and repair are essential to maintaining your chimney and keeping your home and family safe. Chimney Sweeping Chimney sweeps enhance the performance and safety of your chimney, while also thoroughly cleaning it and diminishing the fume emissions caused by blockages in the passageway. These blockages are often caused by creosote buildup, which forms…