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Water In Your Basement? Check Your Chimney

For many homeowners, the connection between the highest point in your home — your chimney — and the lowest — your basement — isn’t always clear.

But a damaged chimney can have a dramatic and negative impact on your basement. A damaged chimney can allow water to seep into your basement, damaging your home.

There are several ways your chimney can contribute to water in your basement. One of the biggest culprits is damaged brick and mortar, which allows water to leak downward to the basement. Overtime, and without repair, broken and chipped brick and mortar worsens, allowing even more water to collect downstairs.
But there are other ways chimneys contribute to water in your basement, including:

  • Lacking a chimney cap, or the existing one is damaged. Chimney caps cover the opening to the chimney and prevent water — among other things — from entering the chimney. A properly installed and working chimney cap will help keep water out of your chimney, and basement.
  • Your chimney isn’t waterproofed. Sealing your chimney with a waterproofing agent will help prevent water from seeping into the porous brick and mortar and help keep your basement dry.
  • The chimney crown — vital to protecting your home — is damaged or was constructed with poor quality materials. Like a leaking chimney, a cracked or broken crown allows water into the home, causing damage if not quickly fixed.

If you find water in your basement and you suspect your chimney is to blame, contact MCP Chimney and Masonry. We have the tools and knowledge to inspect your chimney and identify the source of any leaks. Furthermore, we have the experience to repair your chimney and stop further water damage to your home and basement.

In addition to repairing any leaks caused by your chimney, we offer a variety of other services that ensures your system is operating efficiently.

To schedule an inspection of your chimney to identify any leaks, contact us today.

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Choosing the Best Cap for Your Chimney

Your chimney cap — if you have one (and you should!) — is an unsung hero within your fireplace and chimney system.

Chimney caps protect the interior of your structure by keeping out water and moisture, as well as any unwanted animals or pests. Furthermore, chimney caps keep leaves and other debris out of your chimney, reducing the threat of a chimney fire that could quickly spread to the rest of your home.

But, if you don’t have a chimney cap, or yours is broken and battered beyond repair, there are several considerations needed to make sure you get the right one, with the right fit to be the most effective.

  • Consider a steel or copper chimney cap, as these often include a lifetime warranty. This will protect your chimney, and investment, should the cap fail in any way in the future.
  • If your home has two or more rectangle or square flues, think about whether you would like the flues covered separately or with one, large cap protecting them all.
  • Consider whether you prefer a chimney cap that connects to an individual flue or one that connects to the chimney crown. Chimney caps that attach to individual flues will protect the interior of the chimney, but a cap that connects to the crown can also help deflect water and debris away from the entire structure.
  • If your chimney includes concentric pipes in the flues, install a cap designed for air-cooled flues. These caps will help circulate air throughout the chimney, preventing overheating.
  • If smoke fills your living space while burning, consider a chimney cap that includes a fan to help draw out smoke.

MCP Chimney and Masonry can help you determine the best chimney cap for your home and chimney. We also provide expert installation so your chimney cap can be effective in warding off pests, water and debris, all of which can create bigger problems in the future.

For more information on chimney caps and what might be right for you, contact us today.

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Lightning Strikes Can Significantly Impact Your Chimney

Lightning has a power that’s completely unmatched. Each bolt of lightning can contain up to 1 billion volts of electricity, and reach a temperature of up to 60,000 degrees, according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, a federal research facility overseen by NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

While lightning doesn’t always strike the tallest object around, it often does, leaving your chimney at risk, perching high above your rooftop.

Because of the heat and voltage associated with lightning strikes, your chimney can sustain extensive damage and be should be thoroughly examined inside and out if ever struck. Most visibly, lightning strikes impact the exterior of your chimney, breaking bricks and destroying the mortar that helps keep them in place. It’s not uncommon to see broken brick and mortar on the ground near the chimney following a chimney strike.

It’s also not uncommon for lightning to have an equally damaging impact on the interior of your chimney.

If you suspect your chimney has been struck by lightning, immediately contact your local fire department to ensure the strike didn’t start a fire and cause more damage to your home. Your local fire department will inspect your home to make sure fire isn’t festering in the chimney, attic or walls.

Once your home is clear of any threat of fire, do the following to make sure your chimney is again safe for use:

  • Contact a chimney professional, like MCP Chimney and Masonry Inc., to inspect and assess any damage associated with a lightning strike. A knowledgeable chimney professional will be able to recommend and make necessary repairs.
  • Stay away from the chimney outside of your home. The weak structure could cause brick to continue falling after the lightning strike. Keep family members away to avoid any potential injuries.
  • Review your insurance policy. Some policies cover lightning strikes, which could reduce the cost of any necessary repair work needed.

MCP Chimney and Masonry has the tools and experience to thoroughly inspect and make necessary repairs needed as a result of a lightning strike. We will replace the flue if needed, and replace damaged brick and mortar, making your chimney safe for use.

If you suspect your chimney has been struck by lightning, or to have your chimney thoroughly cleaned, contact us today.

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Outdoor Fireplace Safety

From increasing the value of your home, to having a beautiful outdoor space to entertain guests, outdoor fireplaces are a perfect addition to a backyard.

When in use, an outdoor fireplace can ward off any pesky bugs, keep you warm on cool summer nights, and — with the right equipment — offer a new way to cook food over the open flame.

But, like any fireplace, there are necessary precautions required for safe use. Consider the following tips to ensure everyone safely enjoys your outdoor fireplace.

  • Just like indoor fireplaces and chimneys, your outdoor unit needs routine maintenance to make sure it works efficiently, properly, and safely. Have it professionally cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Burn only seasoned wood in your outdoor fireplace. Never treat it as an opportunity to burn garbage that can release dangerous, toxic gasses.
  • Always have close by a way to extinguish the fire if the unthinkable happens. A fire extinguisher, buckets of water and a connected water hose will prepare you for any potential fire emergency.
  • To ensure that firewood doesn’t catch on fire, store all firewood at least 20 feet from the fireplace. Hot embers can pop out of the fireplace and spark a fire on any seasoned firewood too close to the unit.

Furthermore, if you don’t have an outdoor fireplace and are considering one, make sure you have the space to build your fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces should be at least 100 feet from your home and away from any trees or bushes. Additionally, install your permanent outdoor fireplace on concrete, brick or stone. Never install an outdoor fireplace on a wood deck.

MCP Chimney and Masonry can help guide you to create the perfect outdoor fireplace for your home. And not only do we have the experience and tools to build your outdoor fireplace, but we also have the knowledge to clean and inspect the unit to make sure it’s efficient and safe for you, your family, and your guests.
Contact us today to learn more about outdoor fireplaces, if one’s right for you, and how to make sure they’re safe all the rest of the summer.

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 Three Critical Tasks That Need Annual Attention

As summer activities dominate your schedule, it’s easy to forget about chimney inspections and put off cleaning until fall.

But now is the best time to get your chimney cleaned and inspected — well in advance of the cooler fall air when you might want to use your fireplace again.

And regardless of the services completed on your chimney, there are three critical tasks that need to be completed before you light your next fire. At MCP Chimney and Masonry, we can perform all three of the following, important tasks to ensure your chimney is in working order to keep you and your family safe:

  • Have your Chimney Cleaned: It’s important to have your chimney cleaned to remove excess creosote — a tar-like substance that adheres to the inside of your chimney and can catch on fire in intense heat, possibly spreading throughout your home. Having your chimney’s creosote removed annually greatly reduces the threat of a chimney or house fire.
  • Have your Chimney Inspected: The inside of your chimney and flue are often difficult to see, so it’s important to hire a reputable chimney cleaning company that has the equipment and know-how to thoroughly inspect your chimney — inside and out. Chimney damage on the inside can impact the overall health of your system, therefore it’s imperative you have someone inspect your chimney to ensure its safe, even if you don’t use your fireplace on a regular basis.
  • Inspect the Chimney Crown and Flashing: Cracked and deteriorated chimney crowns and flashing can allow water to seep into your home, creating costly water damage. Inspecting chimney crowns and flashing annually means you’re likely to identify and fix any issues before they create any further harm to your home.

Having these three tasks completed will ensure an efficient and safe chimney. At MCP Chimney and Masonry, we have the experience, expertise and equipment to thoroughly inspect and clean your chimney. We also can identify any issues with your chimney crown and flashing before it becomes a bigger issue.

Contact us today to schedule your cleaning and inspection to ensure your chimney is ready for winter weather.

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Winter Weather Wreaks Havoc on Your Chimney

From freezing temperatures to a barrage of varied precipitation, your chimney takes the brunt of winter weather, both inside and out.

And these elements can damage your chimney, leaving it in disrepair and creating potentially harmful results: Creosote build-up from inefficient burns can increase the threat of a chimney fire; water absorbed by mortar that freezes and expands resulting in weakened cement; and animals using your chimney as a warm and cozy home can be a hazardous nuisance that block the escape of toxic gases.

These winter weather worries can become problematic if not immediately fixed. But there are several ways to prevent these issues from becoming dangerous situations, including:

• Making sure your chimney damper is installed properly and keeping it closed when not in use. In addition to helping keep out debris, it will prevent cold air from coming into your home.

• Installing a chimney cap to prevent animals from using your chimney as shelter from the winter weather. A chimney cap also will prevent rain and snow from entering the chimney.

• Applying a waterproof sealant to the outside of your chimney. This will help keep the mortar from absorbing water, therefore extending the life of the chimney.

• Having your chimney inspected and cleaned on an annual basis. A thorough cleaning by a professional chimney service will reduce excess build-up of creosote, which, when stuck on the interior walls of your chimney, can catch fire and spread to other parts of your home.

MCP Chimney and Masonry Inc. can help with all of these suggestions by installing properly fitting dampers and chimney caps, to thoroughly cleaning and inspecting your chimney. Furthermore, if you already suspect damage to your chimney, we provide the services to repair or replace any chimney components, or the chimney itself.

So while the weather outside may be unbearable, be rest assured that MCP Chimney and Masonry can provide the services needed to make your indoors warm, cozy, and safe. Contact us today to learn more about how to protect your chimney from winter weather.

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Ensure your Flue is Efficient, Safe

The flue liner is an integral part of your chimney. Not only does it help regulate airflow to the fire — resulting in efficient, warm fires — it serves as a vent that ushers out toxic gases from the home, keeping you and your family safe.

Because flues play such an important role in the efficiency and safety of your fire system, it’s imperative that your chimney liner be inspected at least annually to ensure its doing its job. Flues should be inspected only after a thorough cleaning to make sure creosote or other baked-on residue doesn’t inhibit inspection. Chimney professionals have the tools and the knowledge to clean your chimney and inspect its liner to determine whether your flue needs replacing.

At MCP Chimney and Masonry Inc., your safety is our No. 1 concern. Our expert technicians will clean and inspect your chimney inside and out and look for signs of a damaged flue. We will recommend you replace your chimney liner if:

• The flue liner is old and has weakened

• A fire as occurred in the chimney that damaged its liner

• The flue is damaged or cracked

• The existing chimney liner has been improperly installed

• The flue has been damaged due to foundation settling

• The chimney liner is too small or too large for the chimney

• The chimney has been struck by lightning

If you have any reason to suspect your flue needs replacing, contact us immediately and we will clean and inspect your chimney and flue to ensure it’s properly venting noxious gases and contributing to warm and efficient fires.

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Keeping Safe from Carbon Monoxide

When used safely, a home’s fireplace can offer a wide range of benefits like lowering expensive heating bills and providing wonderful ambiance. The room in which you have your fireplace can serve as a warm gathering place for family and friends to visit and reminisce. (more…)

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How to Remove Soot Stains

If you have a fireplace, you also likely have soot stains on the hearth, mantle, and any other surrounding surfaces.

And that’s OK.

A minimal amount of soot — the result of incomplete combustion during a fire — is normal for wood burning fireplaces. But the build-up of this black residue can be unattractive. Cleaning your hearth, mantle, and surrounding areas on a regular basis is recommended to keep the area clear from any soot stains and keep the area appealing to visiting family and friends.

Below is a list of our recommendations to best clean soot from the area surrounding the fireplace:

1. Vacuum the area — Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and brush attachment, start by vacuuming the surfaces you want to clean. This will suck up any loose soot on the hearth and mantle.

2. A little elbow grease goes a long way — For surfaces with minimal soot build-up, a mild soap, warm water, and a scrubbing brush may be all you need to clean the area.

3. Still not clean? — To remove caked-on build-up, try using a soot eraser made of 100 percent natural vulcanized rubber. The product, found at many big-box retailers and online, can be used on a variety of surfaces and needs no water or solvents to be effective.

4. Another option — If scrubbing and erasing doesn’t get the job done, consider one of many spray solvents available made specifically for removing soot stains. Be sure to carefully read instructions and use only as directed for best results. These sprays, like the erasers, can be found at brick-and-mortar retailers and online.

The recommendations above are designed to remove minimal soot build-up. If there’s an abnormally high amount of soot coupled with increased smoke in the home when burning, there’s likely another issue with your fireplace or chimney that could be harmful to you or your family. These issues can include blockages, drafting problems, or excessive creosote build-up in the chimney.

To resolve these issues, contact us immediately. Our MCP Chimney and Masonry technicians have the expertise and knowledge to thoroughly clean your chimney, remove any blockages, and fix any worn or broken fireplace or chimney components that could cause increased soot and smoke in your home.

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Ensure your Flue is Efficient, Safe

The flue liner is an integral part of your chimney. Not only does it help regulate airflow to the fire — resulting in efficient, warm fires — it serves as a vent that ushers out toxic gases from the home, keeping you and your family safe.

Because flues play such an important role in the efficiency and safety of your fire system, it’s imperative that your chimney liner be inspected at least annually to ensure its doing its job. Flues should be inspected only after a thorough cleaning to make sure creosote or other baked-on residue doesn’t inhibit inspection. Chimney professionals have the tools and the knowledge to clean your chimney and inspect its liner to determine whether your flue needs replacing.

At MCP Chimney and Masonry Inc., your safety is our No. 1 concern. Our expert technicians will clean and inspect your chimney inside and out and look for signs of a damaged flue. We will recommend you replace your chimney liner if:

• The flue liner is old and has weakened
• A fire as occurred in the chimney that damaged its liner
• The flue is damaged or cracked
• The existing chimney liner has been improperly installed
• The flue has been damaged due to foundation settling
• The chimney liner is too small or too large for the chimney
• The chimney has been struck by lightning

If you have any reason to suspect your flue needs replacing, contact us immediately and we will clean and inspect your chimney and flue to ensure it’s properly venting noxious gases and contributing to warm and efficient fires.

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Winter Weather Wreaks Havoc on Your Chimney

From freezing temperatures to a barrage of varied precipitation, your chimney takes the brunt of winter weather, both inside and out.

And these elements can damage your chimney, leaving it in disrepair and creating potentially harmful results: Creosote build-up from inefficient burns can increase the threat of a chimney fire; water absorbed by mortar that freezes and expands resulting in weakened cement; and animals using your chimney as a warm and cozy home can be a hazardous nuisance that block the escape of toxic gases. (more…)

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Ensure your Flue is Efficient, Safe

The flue liner is an integral part of your chimney. Not only does it help regulate airflow to the fire — resulting in efficient, warm fires — it serves as a vent that ushers out toxic gases from the home, keeping you and your family safe. (more…)

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How to Avoid a Damp Chimney

Taking the necessary precautions to prevent water from entering your chimney will spare you the hassle of more complicated and expensive repairs in the future.
Whether from rain or melting snow, water in your chimney can create problems not easily, or cheaply, fixed. Moisture can contribute to mold growth that significantly reduces air quality. Water also can weaken the chimney as it seeps into the concrete’s porous surface, creating a crumbling structure. (more…)

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Fireplace Facelift

Remodeling your fireplace to keep up with home fashion trends can be a costly endeavor. But there are many ways to update your fireplace for far less than the cost of a complete remodel. (more…)

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Holiday Greetings – 2016

The holiday season is a wonderful time

of year when friends and family gather ‘round the fire to keep Jack Frost from nipping at their nose. (more…)

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Curing a Smokey Fireplace

Your fireplace is a great way to

offset your heating bill and offers a relaxing atmosphere in your home. But smoke billowing into your home from the fireplace can quickly ruin any ambiance and make your fire unbearable and dangerous. (more…)

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Spalling Brickwork

The freeze and thaw cycles we experience

every spring and fall can wreak havoc on the brickwork of your chimney. (more…)

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Fire Prevention Week 2016

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 – 15, is again upon us, and gives fire professionals the opportunity to emphasize the importance of fire safety in the home.

Fire safety is extremely important to all of us at MCP Chimney, and is an issue we take seriously all year round. And the work we perform on your fireplace and chimney will help keep you and your family safe.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is, “Don’t Wait— Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” While most homeowners know that replacing batteries at least twice a year is a recommended practice, many homeowners are unaware that smoke alarms, which are shown to save lives, should be replaced every 10 years.

Smoke alarms can play a key role when there’s a house fire. But there are other considerations when keeping your home safe from fire, especially as it relates to heat sources, like your fireplace. According to the National Fire Protection Association:

  • 33 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters, including wood stoves, resulting in 81 percent of heating fire deaths.
  • Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths, and fire injuries in most years.
  • More than half of fires caused by heating units occurred because the heat source was too close to flammable materials.

Lastly, the leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to thoroughly clean the heat source, which traditionally involves creosote build-up in chimneys. MCP Chimney can keep your chimney clear of creosote, which is the toxic by-product of burning that adheres to the interior walls of your chimney and can catch on fire in intense heat.

It’s recommended that your chimney be professionally cleaned and cleared of creosote every year.

Our staff is knowledgeable and dedicated to ridding your chimney of creosote to minimize the threat of fire year round. We provide a variety of other services, too, including thorough inspections to ensure your chimney is sound and clean.

Contact us today to learn more about Fire Prevention Week and tips to keep you and your family safe.

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Importance of CSIA Certification

Importance of Chimney Safety Institute of America-Certified

Like any service call for you home, you want the most knowledgeable technicians working on your chimney and fireplace. Your fireplace and chimney play a key role in keeping your family safe when burning a fire.

And who you hire to perform any maintenance is critical to the end result. By choosing a Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified, or CSIA, technician, you can rest assured knowing you have hired the most knowledgeable and trustworthy professionals in the industry.

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the CSIA certification is acknowledgment “by industry organizations, insurance underwriters, local, state and federal agencies as the measure of a chimney sweep’s knowledge about the evaluation and maintenance of chimney and venting systems.” And CSIA-certified technicians are among the best-educated chimney professionals that can analyze issues and fix them right the first time.

Students pursuing the CSIA certification must become proficient in a variety of skills, including building codes and regulations, chimney safety and venting system maintenance and evaluation, and more.

When considering chimney sweep companies, inquire about the CSIA certifications. Furthermore, ask about employee training opportunities to gauge a chimney sweep company’s level of commitment to education growth in the field. Continuing education ensures employees are knowledgeable about the latest systems.

At MCP, we employ CSIA certified technicians to ensure you are getting the best service. We also provide ongoing training to our staff to make sure they are kept up to date on new, and existing, technology.

From chimney cleaning services to fireplace installs and more, MCP Chimney has the experience to get the job done right.

For more information about our CSIA-certified technicians or any of our chimney and masonry services, contact us today.

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Childproof Your Fireplace

Childproof Your Fireplace – What You Need To Know

While fireplaces are often safe options to offset high winter heating bills, curious children can get hurt if the right precautions aren’t in place to keep them safe. (more…)

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Hazardous Weather and The Impact on Your Chimney

Hazardous Weather’s Impact on Your Chimney

Chimneys are incredibly durable structures that often last for decades. But that doesn’t mean they’re immune to the extreme weather we experience every year — from bitter cold in the winter, to threatening storms in the spring.

Below are several examples of the extreme weather we encounter and their impact on your chimney:

  • Strong winds — It would take a mighty strong gust of wind to topple a chimney, but strong winds can cause more damage to a chimney that’s already in poor condition. Strong winds can accelerate the crumbling of brick and mortar if already cracked and fragile.
  • Excessive Rain — An uncapped chimney is one of the easiest ways for water to enter your home. Not only can heavy rain impact your fireplace below, but the water can seep through the interior of your chimney and into your home, rotting wood and contributing to mold.
  • Freezing Temperatures — The freeze-thaw cycle that we experience every late fall and early spring can severely damage your chimney. Water is often absorbed by the pores in the mortar and expands as it freezes, separating and loosening bricks. Repeating the freeze-thaw cycle year after year can cause water to enter your home, and contribute to the crumbling of your chimney.
  • Lightning — Because chimneys rise above the rest of your home, they can bear the brunt of lightning strikes. Lightning can cause bricks or stone to explode off your chimney and contribute to weakening the structure. Furthermore, your chimney can act as a conduit for lightning, allowing it to travel into your home and potentially starting a fire.

While there is no way to prevent the erratic weather we experience every year, inspecting and repairing your chimney when needed will help it withstand strong winds, torrential downpours, storms, freezing temperatures and more.

At MCP Chimney and Masonry, we have the knowledge and experience to clean and inspect your chimney, and make any necessary repairs to help ward off the impact of extreme weather. For more information about how weather affects your chimney, contact us today.

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Keep Your Chimney, And Home, Bug-free

While bug infestations in your home can be a nuisance during summer months, there are far more serious implications if infestations aren’t quickly removed.

Large infestations of bees, ants, stinkbugs, and other insects can access the inside of your home through any opening — including your chimney — and can create a potential fire hazard, create unsanitary living conditions, and even damage your home.

To determine if you have an infestation, simply shine a flashlight into the chimney from your fireplace and look on the interior walls for any signs of bugs — including eggs or nests. If you identify an infestation, contact a local exterminator to rid the home of the bugs. A professional exterminator has the tools and necessary equipment to remove bugs, nests or eggs from your chimney.

Once the creepy-crawlies are removed, hire a professional chimney sweep company like MCP Chimney and Masonry to clean your chimney and inspect it for any damage caused by the bugs.

In addition to cleaning and inspecting your chimney, a professional chimney service company can help put in place the prevention needed to keep an infestation out, including:

  • Installing a chimney cap at the top of your chimney. Not only will a chimney cap prevents bugs from nesting in your chimney, a chimney cap will keep out other, larger animals that can cause even more damage. If you don’t like the look of a chimney cap, consider a wire-mesh cover to keep out larger bugs and animals.
  • Patching cracks on the chimney exterior. This will keep bugs out of your chimney, and home, by sealing the cracks they use to access the inside.

MCP Chimney and Masonry can help you keep bugs out of your chimney. We install chimney caps and have the knowledge and experience to fill cracks in your chimney. Additionally, we can thoroughly inspect your chimney for any damage from a bug infestation and recommend a course of action if damage is found.

For more information about our services, including chimney cleaning, contact us today.

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The Future of Fireplace Design

Like the design of many products, fireplace design is constantly evolving to meet the needs of homeowners wanting the latest options to beautify and modernize their homes. (more…)

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Outdoor Fireplace Benefits

It’s no secret that fireplaces can help keep you warm in the winter, reducing your heating bill and creating an unmatched atmosphere.

But what many homeowners don’t realize, is that an outdoor fireplace can create a similar atmosphere and offer warmth on cool summer nights. But there are other benefits to an outdoor fireplace, including: (more…)

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Summertime Maintenance

Summertime is a wonderful time of year filled with backyard barbeques, lazy days and road trips.

Because your fireplace isn’t often used this time of year, summer also is the perfect time to have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected by a chimney cleaning service. A professional chimney sweep company will make sure your fireplace and chimney is in proper working order — all before the fall season when you’re likely to use it again. (more…)

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Keeping Your Pets Safe

There are few things in life that are as comforting as a crackling fire and curling up with your four-legged friend. But without the right safety precautions, you risk putting your dog, cat, or any other pet, in harm’s way. (more…)

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Damp Chimneys Can Mean Trouble

Like any openings in your home, your chimney can allow in water — be it rain water, or melting snow. Regardless, water and dampness in your chimney can wreak havoc in your home, causing big problems if not immediately remedied. (more…)

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Outdoor Fireplace Maintenance

As we head into spring and summer, the desire to use your outdoor fireplace is likely rising like the temperatures. But before you light the match, (or, if you have a gas unit, flick the switch) there is some maintenance that should be performed to ensure a safe, efficient and comfortable burn. (more…)

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Spring Cleaning Your Chimney

Springtime offers homeowners a great opportunity to thoroughly clean their homes to freshen them for summer and to remove stale, winter air.

Many homeowners take the time to scrub floors and wash windows, but too many neglect the one thing that can produce a sour odor in their homes throughout the summer as temperatures rise: the chimney. (more…)

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Leaking Roof? It’s likely your flashing.

As temperatures rise and snow melts away, some homeowners learn the hard way they have a leaking roof after finding water marks on their ceilings. Further inspection could result in finding rotten wood that needs replacing, making a simple leak a much bigger issue. (more…)

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Three Common Culprits of Poor Air Quality

Your home is the one place you likely spend the most time. But did you know that along with you and your family, your home is inhabited by particles and gases that can affect the air you breathe? (more…)

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Homeowners Guide to Purchasing Chimney and Fireplace Supplies

Like so many products in today’s markets, fireplace and chimney supplies can be purchased at a variety of stores — both brick and mortar retailers and online. Depending on the type of store you choose — from an online specialty site to a warehouse-like retailer — every shopping experience is different. (more…)

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Historic Home Fireplace Restoration

It’s likely, if you live in a historic home, that you have a fireplace — whether you know it or not.

As technology replaced antiquated fireplaces decades ago and as homeowners modernized their homes throughout the years, fireplaces became decommissioned, or unusable, or even buried between walls. (more…)

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The Importance of Chimney Cleaning and Safety Inspections

The importance of cleaning your chimney is immeasurable. Annual cleanings and inspections will give you peace of mind that your chimney is operating efficiently and safely, especially if you use your fireplace on a regular basis.

There are several reasons why annual cleanings and inspections are necessary, primarily to: (more…)

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Make Your Fireplace Smell Great

Overtime, fireplaces and chimneys can start to smell as they are routinely exposed to toxic and smelly gases emitted from hot, raging fires. While most chimneys smell because of the creosote buildup— the harmful by-product of fires that can grow to several inches thick and eventually catch fire — there are other sources of odor, including animals and rotting leaves. (more…)

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2016 Fireplace Trends

Design is a living and breathing entity that ebbs and flows over time. Some years, design trends modern, while other years, design incorporates a tradition or rustic look. Other years, trends meld both modern and traditional for a bold new appearance. (more…)

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Holiday Greetings – 2015

With the holiday season now upon us, all of us at MCP Chimney and Masonry wish the very best to you and your family.

We know the holidays mean gathering with those you love around a warm fire, reminiscing about the year and looking ahead to the next. And it’s a time to be thankful for all you have and a time to show others how much you care.

In addition to wishing you the best, we hope your holiday season is safe. (more…)

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Fireplace

Fireplaces have long helped homeowners reduce their heating costs by warming their homes. In addition to the efficiencies, a fireplace can be a beautiful addition to your home and the focal point of your house for you and your guests.

Using a fireplace to heat your home can help offset the costs of your furnace, reducing your costs and saving you money. To ensure your fireplace and chimney is efficient and safe, your fireplace and chimney should be inspected annually by a professional chimney cleaning company, but there are other ways you can make your fireplace and chimney work for you and save you money. (more…)