Tips for Dressing Your Fireplace for the Holidays

Fireplace Decorations for the Holidays

Toss out the idea that the only way your fireplace is going to deck the halls is by hanging stockings! While garland and stockings are classic, there are so many other details and styles you can use to transform your fireplace into a warm winter wonderland. Display Christmas Cards Never know what to do with […]

How to Make Your Fireplace Energy Efficient

How To Make Your Fireplace More Energy Efficient

It’s the buzz phrase that’s on everyone’s mind these days: energy efficiency. While energy efficiency and fireplaces have never gone hand in hand (85% of the heat generated from a fireplace escapes through the chimney) modern modifications are allowing homeowners to change that. So if you are looking to supplement some of your heating bills […]

How to Maintain Your Chimney

How To Maintain Your Chimney

It’s undeniable that a well used fireplace takes care of you, so in return you must take care of it. Damper, chimney, and all! 

Top Tips To Avoid Winter Chimney Fires

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It’s Wintertime! And nothing’s better than cozying up in front of the fire with your loved ones to hide from the cold. But before you light that fire, it’s important to make sure you have performed the proper maintenance to avoid any accidents. The experts at Cummins Restorations have put together a list of our […]

How Often Does My Chimney Need Cleaning?

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Chimneys provide heat and a sense of comfort to your home, especially during the cold months. But, before you start burning your wood or gas fireplace this year, it may be time for scheduled chimney cleaning. Even if you have not used the chimney much this year, it’s recommended to get an inspection once a […]

Parging Best Practices

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Parging is the technique used by masons to cover a masonry or stone wall with mortar. This practice helps protect your building from the element, and it ensures a long life for the wall. Parging is a difficult skill to master, but once learned, it is a great way to hide cracks and imperfections in […]

Do You Need a Chimney if You Don’t Have a Fireplace?

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Many homeowners don’t know that furnaces, water heaters, and boilers have chimneys, or flues. The flue carries the gases and combustion safely outside the house. While there are many types of chimneys, they all protect the home from the danger of fire and gas buildup. Regular maintenance and inspection ensures the chimney has not deterioration […]

6 Ways to Repair Damaged Brick

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Do you need to repair your home’s masonry? How can you tell if you need cracked brick repair? What signs should you be looking for? Many masonry issues result from natural settlement. The soil around your home loses strength over time. The building foundation alignment depends on the pressure of the earth around it. When […]