Diagnosing the Most Common Chimney Smells

Now that the colder months are here, it’s time to prepare your chimney for cozy nights by the fire. However, sometimes you start a fire or open the fireplace only to find an unpleasant smell. At Clean Sweep, we regularly receive calls about strange and suspicious odors coming from chimneys and fireplaces. What Are the [...]

By |October 15th, 2019|Blog|

The 5 Most Common Chimney Issues Found During an Inspection

Real estate agents understand how essential chimney inspections are to the home sale process, which is why they recommend them to their home sellers. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t think about the inside of their chimney unless something goes wrong. During a pre-sale or pre-listing home inspection, there are numerous common chimney issues that are discovered. [...]

By |September 26th, 2019|Blog|

Is Chimney Liner Insulation a Good Idea?

As winter approaches, many homeowners start to think about insulation. Could adding attic insulation make things warmer during the winter? One of the types of insulation that many homeowners completely forget about is chimney liner insulation. What Is Chimney Liner Insulation? Chimney liner insulation can improve the safety and efficiency of your chimney system, all [...]

By |September 17th, 2019|Blog|

The Importance of Proactive Chimney Inspections

As a real estate agent, you understand the critical nature of a house inspection. Unsafe wiring, improper plumbing and construction done without a permit can all ruin a potential home sale. However, do you understand why proactive chimney inspections are just as important? Proactive chimney inspections and cleanings prevent any chimney or fireplace issues from [...]

By |August 27th, 2019|Blog|

Creosote 101

Every year, there are over 25,000 chimney fires across the United States. These fires lead to over $125 million in property damage. Aside from the property damage, there are numerous lives lost and harmed as a result. One of the most notable causes of these tragic chimney and house fires is creosote build-up inside of [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Blog|

How a Chimney in Disrepair Can Ruin a Home Sale

Your home sellers have a gorgeous home that has plenty of curb appeal. You won’t have any trouble getting visitors to an open house! However, the dangers lurking beneath the home’s surface are what can ruin a home sale when you have interested home buyers. Before getting too far in the listing process, every real [...]

By |July 25th, 2019|Blog|

How to Make Your Gutters Last as Long as Possible

Whenever you make an investment inside or outside of your home, you want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. This is especially true when installing devices that help to protect the structural integrity and safety of the rest of your home, like gutters. Your roof gutters help to protect your home from [...]

By |July 9th, 2019|Blog|

The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning for Pet Owners

Duct cleaning should be on every home seller’s checklist before listing their home on the market. While some homeowners can get away with not cleaning their ducts before moving, you should encourage all pet-owning home sellers to have a professional duct cleaning before putting their home on the market. Why Is Air Duct Cleaning So [...]

By |June 25th, 2019|Blog|

Why Is Your Chimney Leaking?

The recent thunderstorms and downpours have led many area residents to wonder if their chimneys have a leak problem. While the rain is awesome for cooling us off and keeping the lawn watered, the last thing that you want to encounter is a leaky chimney. The Symptoms of a Leaky Chimney Some people assume that [...]

By |June 11th, 2019|Blog|

What You Should Know About Your Liability for Unfinished Repairs

Many real estate sales include a home inspection contingency, which details the buyer’s and seller’s options in the event that issues with the property are discovered during the home inspection. Having a thorough understanding of the inspection contingency clause and what your liability is for unfinished repairs is essential as a real estate agent. The [...]

By |May 16th, 2019|Blog|