Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware)

by MARTHA NEITZ Did you know that chimney sweep companies are unregulated? Anyone can go out, buy a brush, get a business license, and call themselves a chimney sweep. Since wood burning appliances can be dangerous, an unqualified chimney sweep is pretty scary. A way to find an accredited chimney sweep company is to check … Read more

Thinking of disposing your Christmas tree in a fireplace? Here’s why you shouldn’t​

Thinking of disposing your Christmas tree in a fireplace? Here’s why you shouldn’t While Santa may be able to sneak in and out of homes on Christmas Eve through the magic of a fireplace, we feel it’s sometimes necessary to remind our local customers that the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree is … Read more

NOW HIRING: Chimney Technician Apprentice

Colorado Springs, CO 80907 Full-time Salary: $15.00 to $16.00 /hour For the individual that is looking to learn a profession. We are a small, family-owned, will train environment providing a unique opportunity. Chimney Technician – Apprentice Level Our exceptional candidate must be at least 18 with High School Diploma or equivalent. No previous chimney experience … Read more

The Basic Parts of the Chimney

Chase The outside structure of the chimney which can be wood, Masonite, stucco, brick, stone, block and is hollow between the flue and the outer wall. Flue The lined opening from the fireplace to 4 or more inches above the crown wash.  A Masonry system is lined with flue tiles while manufactured or z/c systems … Read more

Clogged Dryer Vent?

Cleaning the lint trap in your dryer is an everyday activity, not performed by superheroes.  It’s a task we perform many times a week.  We wash a load of clothes, transfer it to the dryer, clean out the lint trap, shut the door, turn it on and walk away. We don’t think it could, potentially be … Read more

How to Chose a Wood Stove

Wood stoves are becoming a popular choice for heating homes on a budget and cutting heating bills during winter months. The following will help guide you in choosing your next Colorado Springs wood stove. It’s important to know how to chose the best wood stove for your space and usage. Whether replacing an old stove … Read more

Common Chimney Problems

Common Chimney Problems | Colorado Springs Chimney Sweep As a local Colorado Springs chimney sweep we see plenty of chimney issues.  Some problems are simple fixes and some problems are bigger and more costly. Early detection is the key to keeping your costs low. The following are common chimney problems that can often be avoided … Read more

How Often Should My Chimney Be Cleaned?

The job of a chimney sweep is to remove debris and build-up in your chimney. Creosote and other debris accumulate in your chimney so it’s recommended to have your chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweeper at least once a year. Over time creosote, a flammable substance which builds up in your chimney or liner … Read more

5 FAQs of Dr. SOOT, Chimney Sweep – Colorado Springs

As one of the top Colorado Springs chimney professional cleaners, we get lots of questions about all things having to do with chimneys.  To answer a few common questions, we’ve compiled five frequently asked questions for Colorado Springs chimney cleaners.  Why does my chimney need to be cleaned? You may be surprised that deep inside … Read more

Back puffing – have you had this problem?

Specialty caps and cap dampers can solve back puffing problems. As the weather gets colder and we close up our homes, turn on the furnace and use our fireplaces, we sometimes experience smoke coming back into the room.  Why does this happen? The underlying cause of back puffing is negative pressure.  When your home is … Read more

Should I have my chimney checked – masonry or brick?

Do you have a masonry or a brick chimney?  Is your fireplace wood burning or is it gas?  Did you use it at all this last year?  However you answered those questions actually makes no difference.  The answer is the same.  You need to have your wood burning chimney inspected every year and swept as … Read more

Now is the time to prepare your firewood for next fall

We’ve put our winter coats away (we hope!), the sun is shining and although there are still some cooler evenings, for the most part you are probably thinking you are done using the fireplace until next fall.  So you don’t need to replenish your woodpile until August or September, right?  Wrong!  Now is the time … Read more