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Can Customers Find You Online?

Friday, June 12, 2015 12:59:09 PM America/Chicago

Building connections with potential customers is critical to growing your business. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to ensure customers can find you online. Search engines have replaced the Yellow Pages as the preferred means homeowners use to find their service providers. To stay competitive, you need to make sure your business is one of the first they see. Making sure you are easily searchable leads to not only more traffic to your site but also more service appointments on your calendar.

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6 Signs of a Chimney Fire

Friday, June 12, 2015 12:50:10 PM America/Chicago

A chimney fire can be a very scary situation for a homeowner. If large enough, it can leave a path of devastation behind destroying the home, personal possessions or worse. Other times though these fires can go completely unnoticed by the inhabitants. The danger lies in the damages that the fire has left behind. While at the customer’s site make sure to keep an eye out for this damage so you can help them prevent another fire in the future.

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5 Books Every Sweep Should Read

Friday, June 12, 2015 12:33:46 PM America/Chicago

Whether you want to brush up on your skills or need to pass a certification test, staying up to date on the latest practices in the industry is important.  There are many resources out there to keep you informed including informative written materials.  

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The Firebox Uncovered

Friday, June 12, 2015 12:18:41 PM America/Chicago

Damaged fireboxes are more than just an inconvenience.  They are also a hazard for the home threatening the safety of those who live inside.  Left untreated, using a fireplace with a firebox in disrepair could lead to a serious house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.  Most fireboxes with a deteriorating interior need some type of tuckpointing repair.  The process for this repair is similar to regular tuckpointing.  First, damaged bricks and mortar are removed.  Then the area is cleaned and new refractory cement is applied to enforce the affected surfaces.

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The Science of Good Report Writing

Friday, June 5, 2015 11:26:03 AM America/Chicago

All professionals should know how to skillfully write a good report. A well-written report is an essential blueprint informing others on what tasks were performed, how they were completed, and what suggestions you have on the best next steps. Crafting these reports can be difficult if you are constantly changing how you construct them. Keeping a standard “formula” can help you create thorough reports that are clear and easy to understand while making the process less tedious for you.

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How Technology Can Help a Sweep

Monday, June 1, 2015 5:20:39 PM America/Chicago

We use technology every day. Whether it is our GPS system in the car, a smart TV, or playing games on the phone, technology helps us complete daily tasks or enjoy some entertainment during our free time. It can also be a priceless tool to assist sweeps in running their small business. Technology not only keeps us more efficient on the jobsite but can also be helpful in other areas such as filling out paperwork and keeping up with general accounting tasks.

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3 Professional Partners Every Sweep Should Have

Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:07:02 PM America/Chicago

Just like the old saying goes “A jack of all trades is a master of none”, it is hard for a sweep to be an expert in every area related to chimney and fireplace installations and repairs.  There are many times when a sweep runs across a customer problem that they either don’t have the skills or correct equipment to solve.  When this happens, it is helpful to have some friends you can call.  Professional contractors in related industries can be great partners to refer your customers to when the solution to their problem is beyond your expertise. 

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The Top Damper: A Great Investment for your Customers

Monday, May 11, 2015 12:30:55 PM America/Chicago

One of the best ways to protect your customer's chimney from rain, snow and sleet is by topping it with a quality damper.  While there are many different types of dampers on the market, not all of them offer the same features and functionality.  One product that continues to be popular among both sweeps and homeowners alike is The Top Damper.  This damper is not only one of the best at keeping valuable heat inside the home but also easy to both install and maintain.

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Choosing the Right Liner for your Application

Monday, May 4, 2015 3:49:00 PM America/Chicago

If your customer’s home has a damaged or cracked liner or was never installed with one to begin with, getting their flue lined and protected should be one of your first priorities.  Liners help protect the interior flue while creating a smooth, seamless surface to easily clean the excess creosote and buildup.  Choosing the right liner for the job though can be tricky.  Read on to learn more about what types of liners are available and some general tips on selecting the right one.

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A Professional’s Approach to Stage 3 Creosote

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:45:26 AM America/Chicago

Stage 3 creosote, also known as glazed creosote, can be a dangerous problem for your customer’s chimney and home.  It also can be extremely difficult for even a professional sweep to remove let alone an inexperienced homeowner.   Be prepared to handle this type of creosote by learning more about why it occurs and effective ways to treat and remove it.

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