What Is Chimney Tuckpointing?

Masonry chimneys have reputations for standing the test of time, but as the years go by the mortar between the bricks can deteriorate and invite in water. Chimney tuckpointing is the process of repairing this mortar and providing a long-term solution to keep your...

Have You Experienced a Chimney Fire?

A chimney fire is not always a loud and fast-paced event. In fact, it’s typically a slow and gradual fire that moves slowly and quietly up your flue. In most cases, it can be hard to know that you’ve even experienced one! …which means, you could be using...

How to Combat Summertime Chimney Odors

Summer isn’t usually the time we use our fireplace, but that doesn’t mean it can’t bring in unpleasant odors. For those unfamiliar with the inner workings of a chimney, these odors can be quite puzzling. Luckily, the crew here at Madewell knows where...

ANATOMY OF A FIREPLACE

Many of us have used a fireplace for years, but how is it constructed? Let’s demystify it by providing a visual of the components of the fireplace with an explanation of each vital part contributes. Chimney Cap – A chimney cap is a covering for the top of...

Chimney Leaks

Water is an essential to life, but it can be extremely detrimental to the life span of your fireplace wreaking havoc on unprotected chimneys. All masonry chimney construction materials, except stone, will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged...

What is a Chimney Sweep?

The chimney sweep is a person sweeps and cleans chimneys, smoke ducts, flue pipes and fireplaces in order to prevent chimney soot fires and gas emissions. The chimney utilizes the pressure difference caused by a hot column of gas to create a draft and draw air over...

Six Signs Your Chimney Needs to be Repaired

Most homeowners don’t think about their chimneys and unfortunately many don’t recognize the telltale signs of a problem.  It isn’t always obvious that your chimney isn’t safe and problem free. There are six visible signs your chimney needs to...

How To Tell If Your Chimney Has Had A Fire

Homeowners are often surprised to find out that their chimney had a fire that they didn’t know about. Most chimney fires are quiet and slow burning. The only sign is the damage that is left behind. Quiet, slow-burning chimney fires are usually caused by either a stray...

How To Tell If Your Chimney Is Blocked

A chimney is designed to safely and effectively remove the dangerous fire byproducts produced within the fireplace out of the home. When it becomes clogged, it can no longer perform this important role. A blocked chimney may seem minor, but when left unaddressed, it...