2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog

White Deposits around the Chimney: Is Efflorescence a Big Deal?

November 30th, 2015

If you’ve noticed a crystallized white substance or a whitish (or even brown, yellow, or green) powder around your chimney, you’re not alone. This is a common experience for homeowners with masonry chimneys, especially very old ones.

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Is a Wood Stove the Best Choice for Your Home Comfort?

November 24th, 2015

While many homes in cold climates are constructed with a built-in fireplace, others don’t have this benefit. Although you may be able to retrofit a firebox into a home, or repair a deteriorating chimney, a wood stove might be the better choice for many homes.

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4 Reasons You’re Having Trouble with Your Fireplace

November 23rd, 2015

Does smoke fill the room when you try to start a fire in your fireplace? Do you end up using a lot of firewood without the heat output you expected?

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Install an Energy Efficient Top-Mounted Damper!

November 16th, 2015

Relaxing by a fireplace is an excellent way to unwind at the end of a long day. But you certainly don’t need your fireplace to heat you up at all times of the day. When you turn on your whole-home heating system to an ideal temperature during the daytime, you don’t have to keep the fireplace going.

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Choosing an Eco-Friendly Fireplace or Stove

November 9th, 2015

You want a fireplace or stove that will keep you cozy and warm, but you also want to do your part in helping out the environment. The new fireplace or stove that you choose will depend largely on your budget and the setup of your home and your chimney.

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3 Hidden Dangers That May Be in Your Chimney

November 2nd, 2015

Heating systems and chimneys are one of the main sources of home fires in the U.S. Keeping a chimney clean and well-maintained is one of the most important things you can do for your home safety and for your health. Still not convinced?

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Is It Time for a Chimney Inspection?

October 27th, 2015

Your chimney may seem to be in good condition from the outside, but looks can be deceiving. It’s likely that your chimney has some amount of wear and tear from the previous year’s use and a period of no use over the summer months.

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Don’t Fall for a Chimney Cleaning Scam

October 26th, 2015

Whether you use your fireplace most nights or only a few times during the winter, chimney sweeping is so important to your home safety. Cleaning the chimney rids it of creosote and other harmful deposits that could lead to a chimney fire.

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Do You Know of the Dangers of a Clogged Dryer Vent?

October 19th, 2015

The vent that leads from your home’s clothes dryer to the outside of the home is rather unremarkable in its structure. But its sole purpose is to vent dangerous combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide out of the home.

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Is Your Chimney Finally Out of Commission?

October 12th, 2015

You may have been told by a home inspector that your chimney should be capped and remain unused. A damaged chimney cannot properly vent hazardous combustion byproducts away from the home, such as carbon monoxide.

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