How a chimney leak can go from minor to major in just one storm

April 10, 2018 | Inspections

You never know what you might discover during a chimney sweep and inspection. In this case a leak into the brick chimney was allowing water to flow onto an electric outlet. Because you never know when chimney damage can occur, the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends and annual chimney inspection by a CSIA Certified chimney inspector…. just like the ones here at Chimney Champions!  904-268-7200

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Riverside Avondale Preservation Home Tour 2018

April 3, 2018 | News

We’re so excited… the 44th Annual Riverside Avondale Preservation Spring Tour of Homes is April 14-15, 2018!Each spring, select residents of this beautiful area of Jacksonville open their homes to benefit RAP, a local grassroots organization dedicated to the preservation of historical assets in Riverside and Avondale.Chimney Champions is a proud supporter of this event, and will have a representative present in one of the tour homes for the entire weekend to answer all your chimney related questions!For more information on the event, including a list of the homes, please visit

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The debate continues… are ventless fireplaces safe?

February 20, 2018 | News

We recently did a Level 2 Cleaning and Inspection for a buyer of a beautiful new home – at least new to the buyer!  Unfortunately, they were very concerned about the fact that the home had a fireplace, yet had no chimney.  No chimney, you ask?  Yes, no chimney.One of our favorite things to do is educate clients about fireplaces and chimneys, so we were glad to have this opportunity to share what we know about ventless fireplaces, which are becoming more common in the Jacksonville area only recently despite having been sold in the United States since 1980.

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Chimney Fires in the Jacksonville News

January 20, 2018 | News

“I saw flames, smoke; I couldn’t breathe. I had to slide down the stairs, started to lose consciousness….and I didn’t know where the flames were coming from!”That’s what Timothy Zapata told Jacksonville firefighters after they rescued him from his burning home off St. Johns Bluff Road according to News4Jax reporters. Fortunately for Zapata he was awake when his home began to burn, “A bowl of cereal saved my life… I mean, had I gone to bed, I would have probably died from smoke inhalation.” The fire marshal told Zapata it looked like a bad flue in the fireplace was the culprit.

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And the Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care…

December 2, 2017 | Inspections

…in Hopes that St Nicholas Would Soon Be There!You know doubt know that line from the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Have you ever been curious about the tradition of hanging stockings by the fire?In days past when homes were heated by fireplaces, stockings were routinely hung by the fire to dry after washing or winter walks in the snow. Rare would be the home in that did not have stockings hung by the fire on most any night.

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Fire Extinguisher Recall – do you have a Kidde in your Home?

November 5, 2017 | News

In a voluntary agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fire extinguisher manufacturer Kidde has recalled more than 40 million fire extinguishers due to a defective plastic handle.  The extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to activate, posing a risk of failure.  There have been 391 reports of Kidde extinguishers failing to function which have resulted in one death, 16 injuries, and 91 reports of property damage.  This may not seem like much, and it’s true that you seldom have a problem that requires need of a fire extinguisher… but when needed, they must work!

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Is Fire Damage in Your Home Covered by Homeowners Insurance, other Insurance, or YOUR Retirement Savings?

August 7, 2017 | News

If you’re like me, you are on a constant quest to reduce the monthly expenses of home ownership. Every tip or technique discovered to reduce the expenses in my own home are shared with my clients and radio show listeners. It is my hope that you freely share them with your friends and family to enhance their home ownership experience, while reducing their costs.Among the most misunderstood and frustrating of homeowner expenses is insurance. Between legislative actions in Tallahassee and the response by the insurance companies it’s at times a daunting challenge just to get insurance, let alone at an affordable rate.

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Who Was the Coolest Man In the World in 1901?

June 14, 2017 | News

You are no doubt reading this in the cool comfort of your home, auto, or office. For that comfort you can thank Willis Carrier.To go back a ways and start the Carrier story off right, you should know the first of the Carrier clan in America was a political refugee from England who assumed the name “Thomas Carrier” when he arrived in Massachusetts in 1663. Thomas married Martha Allen and they together produced two sons.Mrs. Carrier was involved in an unpleasant dispute over real estate with the town fathers in Andover, Massachusetts. The result of the dispute was that she was accused of being a witch. Her two sons aged 10 and 13 were hung by their heels until they testified that their mother was a witch!  On August 19th 1692, she was arrested, convicted and hanged on Salem’s Gallows Hill.

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Who Invented Electric Christmas Lights?

December 3, 2016 | News

A Chimney Inspector’s Perspective on the History of Christmas Lights based on information from the Library of Congress:Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, created the very first strand of electric lights. During the Christmas season of 1880, these strands were strung around the outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory. Railroad passengers traveling by the laboratory got their first look at an electrical light display. But it would take almost forty years for electric Christmas lights to become the tradition that we all know and love.

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