How Summer Rain Can Damage Your Chimney

How summer rain can damage your chimney

Not everything about the summer is sunshine and rainbows. While we often look forward to the warmer months, summer rains and storms can pose serious threats to our chimneys. Moisture is a major enemy of chimneys, capable of causing the mortar to deteriorate and leading to other significant issues when water penetrates a chimney system. The Mad Hatter is here to help protect your chimney from the potential damages caused by summer rain storms.

Signs a Chimney Needs Relining

Signs a Chimney Needs Relining

When you think about a chimney, you may only think about the visible components: the masonry, the chimney cap, the crown, and the fireplace. But there is an unsung hero of a chimney that’s just as important: the chimney liner. This article will explain the purpose of a chimney liner and the signs that a chimney needs relining.

Can a Dirty Chimney Make You Sick?

Can a Dirty Chimney Make You Sick?

Nothing compares to the warmth and comfort of a roaring fireplace on a chilly winter night. However, it’s crucial not to overlook the maintenance of your chimney. Annual inspections and cleanings are essential to reduce the buildup of creosote. Creosote not only increases the risk of a chimney fire but can also pose significant health risks, so it’s important to have your chimneys inspected and cleaned when needed to prevent creosote buildup.

Schedule Your Chimney, Fireplace, and Dryer Vent Cleanings For 2024

The Mad Hatter is a home service company in Atlanta, Georgia, that focuses on Chimney sweeps, fireplace cleanings, and dryer vent cleanings. We have been in business since 1978 and have grown to become one of the largest family-owned chimney and dryer vent service companies in the United States. We are proud to be members of The Better Business Bureau and have been chosen ‘Best Pick’ by Home Reports Consumer Survey for 25 consecutive years. Our company is state-licensed, and we are proud members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. With a knowledgeable staff to serve all your needs, we are confident we can meet and exceed your expectations.

Tips For Proper Maintenance and Operation of a Wood-Burning Fireplace

Tips For Maintaining a Safe and Efficient Fireplace

The comforting warmth of a wood burning fireplace is often the focal point in many homes. However, the cozy crackle of a fire also brings the responsibility of proper maintenance. A well-maintained fireplace not only provides reliable warmth but also minimizes potential hazards. This article will explore essential tips for keeping your wood burning fireplace in top condition, from regular cleaning and inspections to the nuances of fuel choice and ventilation. These guidelines will help you enjoy your fireplace while keeping in the proper way.

How To Prepare Your Chimney and Fireplace For Winter

How To Prepare Your Chimney and Fireplace for Winter

Winter is coming – Is your chimney and fireplace ready for use? At The Mad Hatter, we believe safety should never be compromised. Whether you use your fireplace as a primary heat source or to create a warm ambiance, it’s essential that these systems can function properly. That’s why we’re here to guide you on how to prepare your chimney and fireplace for winter so you can enjoy a snug and secure fireside season.

Why Is My Chimney Turning White? The Causes of Efflorescence

Why Is My Chimney Turning White? The Causes of Efflorescence

Discovering that your chimney is turning white can be alarming. This phenomenon, known as efflorescence, is an aesthetic issue and can indicate underlying problems. In this article, we delve deep into the causes of efflorescence and discuss whether it poses a risk to your chimney’s structural integrity.

Discover The Benefits of Relining Your Chimney

Discover The Benefits of Relining your Chimney​

Homeowners aiming for a secure and warm space, especially during the colder seasons, must prioritize the condition of their chimneys. A vital yet often neglected aspect is the need for chimney relining. In this detailed guide, we discuss why relining your chimney is not just an excellent choice but a vital one. Let’s uncover the multifaceted benefits it brings to your home.

What Is Tuckpointing?

What is tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is a repair process used in masonry to renew the exterior of mortar joints. Mortar is the paste that binds bricks, stones, or concrete together by filling in the gaps between them. Over time, exposure to the elements and the damaging effects of water can cause the mortar in the joints between bricks or stone to deteriorate. When this happens, tuckpointing is often used to improve the masonry’s structural health and appearance.

8 Types of Chimney Damage Caused By Moisture

8 Types of Chimney Damage Caused By Moisture

Moisture is an enemy to your chimney. Chimneys are prone to structural damage, and allowing moisture to accumulate within the chimney will only expedite damage. Annual chimney inspections are recommended to help ensure your chimney is working correctly. Still, another reason to schedule a chimney inspection is that our technicians will notice any structural damage caused by moisture. Having your chimney inspected regularly is a good way of staying ahead of needed maintenance and helps prevent more extensive, costly repairs down the road.