DIY Projects You Might Want to Hire a Professional For

Painting a room is one thing; for DIY dabblers, these projects are another
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Sweeping your chimney

The dangers of a blocked chimney are well known but often ignored. A plethora of products promise to keep your flue clean and minimize buildup from burning wood. While a small number of these products can help and have earned acceptance by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, none should take the place of having your chimney cleaned and inspected annually by a licensed professional. In addition to providing a thorough cleaning, a pro can tell you about the condition of your chimney or warn you of potentially dangerous blockages.

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