In cooler parts of the world, such as our own Eugene, Oregon during winter and fall, fireplaces are frequently used as heating sources in many homes. However, fireplaces in recent times have become more design and architectural focused than they have in the past. Before electricity and central heating in homes, fireplaces were essential to survival and the core appliance used for cooking and heating. As part of our chimney sweep history series, the Oregon Chimney Guys are here to share with you a little history about the evolution of the fireplace.
Here in Eugene, Oregon the weather is getting cooler and it’s obvious that autumn has arrived and Halloween is right around the corner. In light of this, we thought we would share with you a little history about chimney sweeping. Be warned: things might get a little spooky!
The vocation of chimney sweeping has been around for hundreds of years and is still an important profession today. Because of the technical, mechanical and ethical advancements, you may be surprised to learn that chimney sweeping used to be considerably dangerous and scary. Especially for the children recruited as apprentices a.k.a. “climbing boys.”
If you’re a follower of this blog then you’ve probably heard the term “creosote” a time or two. Anytime a fireplace is used, creosote forms in the lining or flue, which is why we offer creosote removal. To help our customers better understand the risks of not getting an annual chimney sweep, here’s more about the dangerous substance that lies within, creosote.
In a climate like Eugene, Oregon, it’s important to stay on top of what keeps your home dry in the winter and shaded in the summer. Performing regular maintenance on your roof can save you costly repairs in the future. Here are some roof maintenance tasks to complete this summer.
Summer is right around the corner here in Eugene, Oregon, and before the hot weather really hits us, we thought we’d provide some final tips to getting your home cleaned up after our long rainy season. A lot of homeowners neglect some of the most important home maintenance projects, and we’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen! Here’s our list of maintenance tips to get done.
The type of firewood you burn in your chimney greatly affects the outcome of the fire. Wet wood or “green wood” that has too much moisture will create a lot of smoke but not much heat, which in turn ends up wasting your time and money. To ensure your chimney fire is safe and efficient, here’s how to select and store the right firewood.
Chimney sweeps are important to the safety of your home, which means you have to choose the professional wisely. If a chimney sweep fails to properly remove creosote build-up and other debris, it can pose a serious fire hazard to your home. When you hire your next chimney sweep in Eugene, Oregon, here are some steps you should consider taking.
Spring sure flew by here in Eugene, Oregon. With summer right around the corner it’s time to prepare your chimney for the off-season. At Oregon Chimney Guys we are the leading experts in Eugene, Oregon for all things chimney! Here’s what you can do now to help prepare your chimney for fall.
The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and it’s a great time in Eugene to finish all of those household chores you’ve been putting off! Have you done your spring cleaning yet? Summer is fast approaching and we here at Oregon Chimney Guys are here to help you with your spring cleaning. We’ve come up with our very own annual spring cleaning checklist.
The rainy season is upon us and part of preparing for that is checking to see if your chimney has any leaks. Chimney leaks can lead to serious water damage and can cause the structure of your chimney to weaken. Another reason why your chimney needs to be swept at least once a year is to remove the creosote! When leaking water is mixed with creosote it can cause terrible stains. To better prepare and identify chimney leaks, we have put together the most common causes in this blog. For any of your chimney repair needs, call the guys at Oregon Chimney Guys!