Summer Chimney Maintenance

All chimneys need maintenance and summer is the best time to do these tasks before the busy fall season arrives. Many problems can be avoided or mitigated before they become serious and expensive repair issues.  Here’s some of the most common issues to look for. Bricks or stones spalling or flaking off. Masonry chimney exteriors […]

Smoke Damage in Penn Valley PA

A customer in Penn Valley Pennsylvania purchased a new oven from a big box store and had them install it.  The delivery men installed the oven, and then proceeded to turn it on while instructing the home owner to allow the oven to run for a half hour prior to turning it off.  As she […]

Prepare Your Home For Winter

Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days’ notice. Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is predicted. If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your […]

Tips For Sealing Leaks

Sources of air leaks in your home. Areas that leak air into and out of your home cost you a lot of money. The areas listed in the illustration are the most common sources of air leaks. Air leaks can waste a lot of your energy dollars. One of the quickest energy– and money-saving tasks […]

What is Puff Back?

In the US, approximately 8 million homes still use heating oil as their main heating fuel.  Of these, an astounding 80%, or 6.4 million, are located in the Northeast.  Many of these furnaces, despite being regularly serviced, can malfunction in the form of a “puffback.”  These puffbacks wreak havoc on paint, carpet, and contents of a home.  […]