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Most Common Fireplace Repairs

Whether your home has a gas or wood-burning fireplace, annual chimney inspections and cleaning will help keep fireplace repairs to a minimum. However, even regular maintenance, masonry, and manufactured fireplaces can still experience problems requiring repairs. Some of the most common fireplace repairs we perform in the Greater Houston region include firebox rebuilding, chimney crown Read more…

What Kinds of Tools Do Chimney Techs Use?

The chimney sweep company you call for chimney services should have the equipment needed to do the job. You could even ask them: what kinds of tools do chimney techs use? It’s one of several ways to ensure that the company is legitimate—not all are because it’s an unregulated industry. Guardian Chimney Sweep is a Read more…

When Should My Chimney Liner Be Replaced?

How to Know If a Chimney Liner Replacement is Needed If you are wondering how to know if a chimney liner replacement is needed, it may be because that’s what you’ve been told. There are plenty of wanna-be chimney sweep companies and unscrupulous people in the biz because it’s unregulated. So, it’s possible that you Read more…

Can Your Dirty Chimney Make You Sick?

Have you or a family member had symptoms that make you wonder if your dirty chimney can make you sick? Yes, routinely feeding logs into the fireplace without scheduling chimney cleaning can expose your family to various health risks. Some experts say to clean the chimney when the creosote is layered to 1/8” and others Read more…

Reasons Your Chimney May Be Leaking

You probably have a chimney leak if you hear water dripping in the chimney or if there are musty odors coming from your fireplace after it rains. There are other reasons why your chimney may be leaking, and professional chimney sweeps know what to do about it. The first thing they will do is to Read more…

Level 1 Versus Level 2 Chimney Inspections

There may come a time when you need to know the difference between Level 1 vs Level 2 chimney inspections. They are the types of inspections that need to be performed a vast majority of the time. Of course, your trusted chimney sweep may tell you exactly what you need. But at Guardian Chimney Sweep Read more…

How to Know Which Cap is Best for Your Chimney?

So, you’re ready to choose a chimney cap. But how do you know which cap is best for your chimney? That’s the question! Here we’ll just explain what features should be added and why. Then you can choose from materials that are available. There is one more thing and that is installation. You want to Read more…

Don’t Forget to Schedule Air Duct Cleaning

Similar to chimneys, air ducts are out of sight and rarely stay top-of-mind. So, don’t forget air duct cleaning when scheduling your chimney services. Clear benefits to routine cleaning of your air duct system have been verified. Below, learn some of the benefits of getting your air ducts cleaned. Then be ready to enjoy those Read more…

Does My Chimney Need Tuckpointing or Repointing?

A tradeoff for enjoying crackling winter fires in your fireplace is that occasional chimney repairs are essential. For anyone with a chimney, a good question to ask is, does my chimney need tuckpointing or repointing? The answer may very well be yes. That’s because a need for the replacement of deteriorating mortar is common, and Read more…

What is that Smell Coming from My Fireplace?

The pleasant aroma produced by fireplaces in winter can become a sour smell in summer. Chimney sweeps often help answer the question, what is that smell coming from my fireplace? There are several possibilities, and the most common are explored below. But experts like the chimney technicians at Guardian Chimney Sweep have the expertise to Read more…