What Is a Level 3 Chimney Inspection and When Do I Need One?

May 22nd, 2023

In our previous blog, we discussed when you need a chimney inspection and the three different levels of inspection. These levels are established by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and are standardized to ensure that homeowners receive the inspections necessary for the situation and to protect their households. 

When you’re looking to have a chimney inspection in Minneapolis, MN, you’ll probably only need a Level 1 inspection, which is the standard inspection for a chimney that hasn’t experienced any major problems and is receiving regular use. It consists of inspections of all accessible parts of the chimney to look for cracks, creosote, and structural damage—anything that might trigger a repair need or a higher level of inspection. 

In this post, we’re going to look at the highest level of inspection, Level 3, because people want to know more about how in-depth it goes and why it’s often necessary.

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When to Get a Chimney Inspection

May 8th, 2023

Many important organizations, including the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Fire Protection Association recommend regular chimney inspections to protect homes and the people in them.

You can’t do a chimney inspection on your own. There are many parts you can’t see unless you have special access and equipment. When you decide to have a chimney inspection in Saint Paul, we’re the professionals to call on for the job. 

But when should you have the job done? There are several situations where we recommend you schedule a chimney inspection.

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How to Tell If Your Need a Chimney Restoration

April 24th, 2023

Restoring a chimney may sound like a large job. Chimneys are usually made of brick and mortar, and doing an extensive restoration requires specialists with the right tools. But sometimes restoration is necessary to keep the chimney in proper shape so that it doesn’t become a possible danger to your house. If a chimney is deteriorating with age or neglect it can cause exhaust gases to enter the home, heat to escape the chimney and trigger fires, and even the chimney collapsing and taking part of the house with it.

We’re experts when it comes to chimney restoration in Minneapolis, MN. We’ve done this job since 2001, and we are one of the largest and most experienced chimney service companies in the country. If you need your chimney restored, you can trust our team for exceptional work. 

But how can you tell you have a chimney that needs restoration? We’ll look over six of the signs.

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Choosing Which Fireplace Is Best for Your Home

April 10th, 2023

Selecting a fireplace to have in your home is a major decision. Unlike picking a piece of furniture, such as a sectional or maybe a new coffee table, a fireplace is a major installation in your house that becomes part of the home’s structure, something you expect to remain in the house for decades, probably even after you move out. You don’t want to make a hasty decision about the type of fireplace you get.

Fortunately, when it comes to fireplace installation in Saint Paul, MN, you have a great resource: the team at 2nd Generation Chimneys. We are one of the largest and most experienced chimney and fireplace service companies in the country. We install a range of fireplace types, and we’ll help you sort through the choices to find the ideal one for your house. Below, we’ll look at several of the most popular types of fireplaces to help get you started:

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What to Expect From a Chimney Inspection

March 27th, 2023

We often recommend that customers call us for a chimney inspection in Minneapolis, MN in the fall, before the winter arrives and the fireplace sees extensive use.

However, if you didn’t arrange for a chimney inspection before the winter, it isn’t too late to have it done. This isn’t a service you need to “catch” in time or just forget about—it’s vital you have your home’s chimney inspected by professionals annually. This helps to keep your fireplace and chimney safe, energy efficient, and working the way it should.

What happens when our experts come to your home for a chimney inspection? We’ll go over what you can expect.

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Why Chimney Cleaning Helps Keep You Safe

March 13th, 2023

Your chimney is supposed to provide a one-way exit route for the combustion gases and soot created by a fire in your fireplace. Your chimney may not be able to do this effectively if it’s dirty.

It may feel silly to think of a dirty chimney being a bad thing but it’s true. Over time, especially after a season of heavy use, your chimney flue may become so caked with debris that it starts to do the opposite of what it should. That’s why regular upkeep of your entire fireplace and chimney system is so important.

Let’s discuss the negative impact of a dirty chimney so you know if and when to schedule a chimney cleaning in Minneapolis, MN with our team.

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We Can Help Evict Furry Squatters From Your Chimney

February 27th, 2023

While you may not view it this way, a small animal likely sees your chimney and thinks it looks like a great option for shelter. If they can chew past the chimney screen, they get access to a protected, relatively warmer area where they can relax in safety. They may even look into building a nest there!

What seems a convenient find for a small animal is going to be a problem for you as a homeowner. You can’t blame them for wanting to hide from the elements but your chimney is not the place to do it. So, how do you get them out and clear away the debris that they brought with them?

This is exactly why we provide animal removal and sanitization for Minneapolis, MN homes. Let’s work together to keep your chimney clear!

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When To Get Fireplace Repairs

February 13th, 2023

Have you been using your fireplace more frequently these days? The cold weather certainly makes that fire a welcome addition to the house, not to mention the ambiance that it adds to your evenings. However, you may have started to notice that your fireplace is looking a bit rougher than usual.

Don’t write off what you notice. There is a reason you’re picking up on these details. The visual indicators presented by a fireplace that needs fireplace repair in Edina, MN are just some of the warning signs to watch for. We’ll describe the others below. With these warning signs in mind, it’ll be that much easier to know when to reach out to us for service.

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Flue Cracks and Other Chimney Issues You Might Have

January 30th, 2023

Sometimes, instinct can tell you when something is wrong around you. That’s why parents get that “uh-oh” feeling when their children suddenly get quiet. Other times, you may need some extra help to determine if there is a problem in your environment.

Figuring out whether there is a problem to address with your fireplace or chimney is a situation that falls well into the second category. You may have a sense that something is wrong, but instinct won’t help you diagnose the issue. Figuring out what is wrong with your chimney requires a chimney inspection in Edina, MN in order to determine what the best service is to fix that issue.

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A Tilting Chimney Isn’t Picturesque, It’s a Problem

January 16th, 2023

We’ve all seen those pretty paintings of cottages with thatched roofs and brick chimneys with a slight tilt to them. In those pictures, things look picturesque and peaceful and they very well may be. Part of that peacefulness comes with a problem though.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking a tilting chimney is quaint because it is actually dangerous for you and everyone in your home.

Professionals know that a variety of problems can lead to a tilt in your chimney. We also know that this is an issue that can be righted with chimney repair in Minneapolis. Learn more about the issue and the solution here.

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