One of the most ignored parts of your home is the chimney, and that can mean disaster for your family. Now is the time to have your chimney inspected by a certified chimney sweep. If it’s dirty, have it cleaned.

Creosote buildup on the interior walls of a chimney is an invitation to a fire. The inspector will also check the exterior structure and make recommendations if repairs or improvements may be needed. For example, you may need to add a chimney cap to prevent water damage or to keep animals and birds out of the flue.

Once the chimney and fireplace pass inspection, it’s your responsibility to use them safely. Make sure the damper is open, don’t use petroleum products to start a fire, and never leave one unattended.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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