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Fun Facts about Bricks

The majority of chimneys are constructed using fired bricks, a material that has been around since about 5000 BC. Bricks simply put are a single unit of a kneaded clay-bearing soil, sand and lime, or concrete material that is fire-hardened. Here are some facts...

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Spring Maintenance Tips

Spring is a great time of year to complete some simple tasks to keep your home running smooth all year long. Here are some annual activities that will increase the efficiency of your home, and help keep your family safe.   Clean your gutters....

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Dryer Safety Tips

Chim Chimney knows about fire safety and home-fire prevention tips. Many don’t realize the highly combustible nature of dryer vent lint and could be contributing to a dangerous situation in the home without knowing it. In fact, more than 15,000 homes burned down last...

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A Master Mason

Keeping your chimney in good condition not only adds to the aesthetic look of your home, but also keeps the fires burning safely for your family. Chim Chimney employs a full time Master Mason to address any issues with brick chimneys our clients encounter....

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How to hire a chimney sweep

Every homeowner thinks about how to keep the family they cherish safe.  A homeowner with a wood-burning fireplace has extra safety concerns, including carbon monoxide poisoning and home fires, to consider.  The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends having your chimney inspected and...

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Residential Heating Safety Tips

Record cold temperatures have hit the region and everyone is focused on staying warm in this winter weather.  Chim Chimney also wants you to be safe during these record low temps, and offers these heating safety tips to keep you and your family protected...

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Why is my chimney smoky?

The only purpose a chimney serves is to draw smoke and other particles from a fire in the fireplace below up and out of the house.  It sounds simple enough, but There are many reasons that a chimney may not be properly pulling the...

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Parts of a Chimney

It can be quite frustrating for a homeowner to rely on recommendations from others to keep their chimney operating safely and efficiently.  How do you know when the technician has the customer’s best interest at heart, and when they have been trained to “sell”...

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Chimney Fire

Chimney fires are the direct result of burning a fire in a chimney that has not been regularly inspected and swept clear of creosote.  These fires can be large and dramatic, with loud cracking noises and lots of dense smoke, but can also burn...

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Spotlight: Gene Kaposy

Gene Kaposy started Chim Chimney, Inc over 17 years ago and has become one of the most respected Chimney Sweeps in the Middle Tennessee area.  His passion for “doing the job right the first time” has earned him an excellent reputation in the chimney...

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Tips to Update your Dryer Vent

Here some quick suggestions to help improve the performance of your dryer by having a clean dryer air duct vent. The white plastic or aluminum-foil exhaust ducting on dryer vents is the most commonly used dryer vent duct material, even in new construction. While...

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How does that dryer lint cause my home to catch on fire?

Did you know that dryer vent lint can spontaneously combust, without needing an ignition source? Here you will learn how to prevent lint from igniting and fires from happening. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, clothes dryer fires cause approximately 15,600 fires...

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Financing is now available for costly chimney repairs

New at Chim Chimney! We now offer financing, with approved credit, for those unexpected chimney repairs. Regular preventive maintenance is the best defense against costly chimney or fireplace repairs that can break your budget, especially when the damage goes deeper than first glance affords,...

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Signs it’s time to clean your dryer vents

Having a washer and dryer in your home is a convenience most appreciate and do not take for granted. But we rarely think about maintenance on our appliances, until we have a problem.   . According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than...

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5 Signs it’s time for a chimney repair

Think just because you don’t use your fireplace, or recently switched to a gas insert, that you are clear from chimney repairs? Think again! It’s easy to forget about the chimney when you aren’t a frequent fireplace user, but that does not remove the...

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Chimney Sweep Hidden-Camera Investigation

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Earlier this morning, NBC’s Today Show aired a segment featuring an undercover investigation on chimney sweeps. The Today Show “sting” operation took place at a home in the Northeast, where chimney sweeps...

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Care & Maintenance of Your Factory-Built Fireplace

Throughout history, fire has been crucial to human existence. Primitive people relied on fire to cook their food, to keep them warm and to provide light. Although we no longer depend on fire in quite the same way, images of children around campfires and...

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Water and Your Masonry Chimney

The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted parts of a home. Typically it tends to receive neither the attention nor the concern usually accorded other household service systems. The fact that chimneys may do their job reasonably well, even when abused or neglected,...

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The Facts About Chimney Fires

“Chimneys really decorate the roofline of a home… and they’re maintenance–free. Right?” Your chimney–and the flue that lines it–adds architectural interest to your home, but its’ real function is to carry dangerous flue gases from your fireplace, wood stove or furnace safely out of your...

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Clothes Dryer Vent Safety Tips

Lint and additional debris can build up in your clothes dryer vent and may cause your dryer to exhaust at less than optimum efficiency. This creates potentially hazardous conditions including carbon monoxide intrusion and the possibility for exhaust fires. If a gas clothes dryer...

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How To Hire A Chimney Sweep

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that people take a few steps when considering which chimney sweep will perform an annual inspection or related service on their chimney or vent. Because proper care and attention to service can help protect people from...

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Annual Chimney Inspections

Storks nesting in chimneys were once believed to bring good luck, according to European folklore. But, in fact, nests in chimneys – or blockages of any kind – are nothing short of bad news. They can cause smoking problems, chimney fires and carbon monoxide...

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