1. Dryer Vent Lesson for Robert DeNiro

    Take a lesson from Robert DeNiro: Don’t let lint build up in your dryer’s lint trap. On June 8, 2012 a fire in DeNiro’s New York apartment building, caused by lint buildup in a clothes dryer, reportedly damaged every apartment on the fourth through sixth floors. DANG! 1st Choice Chimney wants to take this moment to remind apartment & homeowners to keep their dryer lint traps clean. We …Read More

  2. The Enemy Of Your Fireplace, Water!

    Water can cause more damage than fire or lightning combined – a lesson learned long ago by the Wicked Witch of the West. And it applies to your chimney, too. Prevention is key to a safer environment for your family – and the best way to avoid costly repairs later. Take a few tips from us, the chimney pros, to avoid damage to your chimneys from water: Prolonged contact with water can deteriorat…Read More

  3. Gas Fireplace Repair: Main Burner Won’t Come On

    Your pilot comes on, but that's about it. So, you go to get your gas fireplace going... but your main burner flame won't come on. What could be the problem, and what can you do about it? First of all, main burner issues can only typically be four things: The wall switch is bad Your thermopile is bad Your pilot flame is bad Your main control valve is bad Thankfully, most of these issues can be easi…Read More

  4. Your Home’s Hidden Fire Hazard, Dryer Vents

    Dryer Vents, your Home’s Hidden Fire Hazard! You’ve had your chimney inspected and cleaned yearly, your smoke detector batteries are fresh and your electrical appliances are damage-free. You’re 100 percent protected from a possible house fire, right? No way!! There are a number of things that you should do to protect your home from fire – and one of the most important (and sometimes ignore…Read More

  5. Does Your Chimney Need Cleaning? How To Tell

    Does this picture look like the inside of YOUR chimney? Your response may be, "I don't know, I have never really looked at the inside of my chimney." You're not alone... Most fireplace owners admit to neglecting to take care of the inside of their chimney (or even remembering to have it checked regularly)! Your chimney, and the flue that lines it, adds an architectural attraction to your home, but…Read More

  6. A few reasons Why Your Fireplace Doesn’t Work!

    A Few Reasons Your Fireplace Doesn’t Work It’s a freezing cold, balmy winter day, and you just can’t wait to get home and lay down in front of the fireplace. As your eagerly awaiting the flame to start, your fireplace doesn't start! What do you do? There must be at least Million reasons why your fireplace may not function. Here is a very simplified list of the more common reasons your fir…Read More

  7. CSIA Certified Chimney Inspections & Cleaning

    Storks nesting in chimneys were once believed to bring good luck, according to European folklore. But, in fact, nests in chimneys - or blockages of any kind - are nothing short of bad news. They can cause smoking problems, chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. In 2005, there were 24,500 residential fires in the United States originating in chimneys, fireplaces and solid fuel appliances, acc…Read More

  8. Got Chimney Swifts?

    “Hun, I think we have birds in the chimney.” Gentleman, you can breathe easy. Sit back down and continue watching the game. Like most situations in life, you simply can’t do a thing. Luckily, this time you happen to be protected by law! Those cigar-shaped birds now nesting in your chimney can be Chimney Swifts. These birds, that once used to nest in hollow trees, think your chimney looks lik…Read More

  9. Damper for Dummies

    An often-heard question asked of chimney technicians tends to concern the Damper. What is it? Where is it? How does one go about opening or closing this mysterious contraption hidden away in my fireplace? Your answer will come from above! Above your fireplace, to be more exact. Dampers Dampers can best be described as a valve or a door. To allow the air (and smoke!) to rise up and out of the chimn…Read More

  10. Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    As hard as it may be to believe, persistent cold and Flu-like symptoms along with chronic fatigue and generalized depression doesn’t only occur when you skip your morning cup of coffee. Another culprit may be on the loose. All of those happen to be signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Be Vigilant With Your Fireplace Maintenance This “Silent Killer” has claims on average over 150 lives per yea…Read More