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Determining If There’s an Animal in Your Chimney — and What You Can Do About It

In the winter, during frequent use, your chimney may not be the most attractive place for an animal to nest, but during the summer months, when you are seldom lighting a fire, a tiny critter may sneak into your chimney for refuge and never leave. If you notice any sounds of squawking, screeching, or wings flapping, you may have an animal trapped in your chimney. 

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What Are the Most Common Causes of Chimney Cracks?

A chimney plays a vital role in keeping your home warm during the winter months. However, a chimney can crack over time due to various reasons. Cracks in a chimney can get worse over an extended period and pose significant dangers. A cracked chimney can eventually collapse, or it may not function properly while heating your home. Contacting professionals to inspect your chimney is essential to staying safe against these potential dangers.

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What Is Tuckpointing and Why Might I Need It?

Most chimneys will last well over 50 years before they need replacing. What causes premature deterioration of chimneys is not the bricks, but the mortar holding together bricks. Less durable than cement or concrete, mortar consists of pulverized sand, water, lime, and cement. Unlike brick, mortar is susceptible to environmental damage over the years. Seasonal temperature changes, rain, snow, and ice causes the expansion and retraction of mortar. Eventually, mortar loses its ability to hold bricks together, becoming crumbly and cracked. If old chimney mortar is not removed and replaced with new mortar, the chimney bricks themselves could start cracking and breaking.

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What Should I Do With My Chimney and Fireplace During the Summer?

Summer is here, and we’re excited about getting outside and enjoying the warm weather! As you resume your favorite seasonal activities, it’s imperative to stay on top of elements of your home that may slip your mind as the weather gets hot — like your chimney. Even though you may not gather huddle up by the fire during the summer, you should still take care of certain chimney and fireplace maintenance tasks to ensure the system is ready to fire up again come autumn:

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Why Is Chimney Lining Important?

If you have a chimney in your home, then you probably understand its importance. A chimney allows smoke and toxic gases from your fireplace, furnace, or stove to escape from your home safely. You may also know that Atlantic County chimney liners require regular maintenance to keep them working optimally and ensure that they last a long time. An intact chimney liner is an essential part of this maintenance process. 

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Why You Should Include Chimney Sweeping in Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

With spring right around the corner, we can finally look forward to getting outside, being active, and breaking our cabin fever. While the onset of warm weather brings out joys such as sunshine, outdoor recreational activities, April showers, and cookouts, there exists a task that’s on top of most homeowners’ to-do list — spring cleaning! Soon we’ll be turning our heat off entirely and opening some windows, and most won’t even think about the fireplace until the fall when the chilly weather returns.

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How to Tell if There Is a Problem With Your Foundation

Spotting the initial warning signs of foundation issues can prevent problems that could cost thousands of dollars to fix. The sooner these problems are identified, the less expensive, and easier it is to resolve them. As the leading provider of foundation repairs in Cherry Hill, NJ, we’ve created this piece to help you spot the signs that the foundation of our building needs repairing. Continue reading

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What to Expect From a Davis Brothers Chimney Sweep Service

Autumn is a busy time of year for chimney sweep and masonry professionals. This is because many homeowners want to protect their buildings from the looming winter weather. As the leading providers of chimney cleaning and foundation repair in Cherry Hill, NJ, we want to explain to our clients what they can expect from professional chimney sweep services.

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