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Go Green with a Gas Fireplace

December 9th, 2019

gas-fireplace-insertYou are staring at a fireplace that is filled with sooty dust and dreading needing to clean it out for what feels like the billionth time. Aside from the fact that you’ve gotten quite good at chopping wood to save a little cash, this fireplace truly feels like it is more work than it is worth at this point. And you don’t want to swing an axe even one more time.

What if we told you that with a simple phone call you could change all that? Because, in actuality you can, thanks to the gas fireplace.

Gas fireplaces may seem like they aren’t as effective as a regular wood and flame fireplace but we can assure you they are. Even better, gas fireplaces can offer the comfort of a regular fireplace but do so in a more environmentally-friendly manner.

If you are interested in learning more, keep reading!

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The Trouble with a Tilting Chimney

November 25th, 2019

chimney-masonry-worn-brickYou and your friend are standing in your front yard, staring at your house intently. Both of you have begun to tilt your heads just a bit to match the tilt that is beginning to become apparent in your chimney. Your friend says that it seems to add character to your home, emphasizing that it is a long-standing structure that has seen its residents through many a cool winter. However, you know that the mild tilt is an issue that can and will get worse and should be addressed sooner than later.

A tilting chimney can occur in even the most well-maintained chimney. It’s a part of the life cycle in a way. However when you do notice that your chimney is starting to lean one way or another, you really should reach out for chimney restoration in Eden Prarie, MN before the issue escalates to a full replacement.

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Professional Chimney Repairs Could Save Your Life

November 11th, 2019

chimney-and-fireTell us if this tale sounds familiar.

There is a lovely home on a quiet cul-de-sac that is older than its residents. During winter, a steady plume of smoke can be seen rising from the chimney of this home as the family often gathers around their fireplace to enjoy a quiet evening together in warmth and comfort. That is until one night you hear the sound of sirens as an ambulance and firetrucks come racing onto your street and you see your neighbors outside of their beloved home, coughing strongly.

Honestly, we hope this scene is one you’ve neither seen nor experienced because it is the result of a fireplace that went without necessary care and ended up endangering the lives of its residents.

It is good to know that dangerous situations with your home chimney are avoidable thanks to available chimney repair in St. Paul, MN offered by our team of professionals.

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4 Signs You Need Fireplace Repair

October 28th, 2019

There is something special about stoking up a good fire in your fireplace to warm your home. Whether you do it just to take the chill out of the air in the evening, or you go full throttle and cozy up with a book, a mug of something warm and your loved ones, your fireplace helps to make your home that much more, well, homey.

If you enjoy your fireplace to the fullest then you know how important it is to keep it in good shape. If your fireplace is in need of repair, you know that the sooner you make a call to a professional to get the source of the problem, the better!

When you are in need of professional fireplace repair in Minneapolis, MN, make sure you reach out to us for help. Our team of trained fireplace experts will be able to help you with all of your fireplace needs!

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“What Part of My Chimney Needs Fixing?”

October 14th, 2019

chimneyTo the untrained eye, a chimney may look like a simple brick and mortar pillar with a pipe or two at the top. In reality, you know that your chimney has many parts to it. And much like other areas of your home, your chimney needs regular, specialized care.

You want to keep your chimney in good working order. It helps keep your home warm and safe in the cold weather after all. But the question is how do you tell if and where your chimney needs repairs? At the end of the day, it is not only easier but safer to reach out to a professional chimney technician for examination and repair. They will know exactly what to look for and how to address your chimney’s needs safely.

For now however, we can give you a brief description of some parts of your chimney that you might want to check for potential repair needs.

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Got an Old Chimney? Be On the Lookout For These Problems!

September 30th, 2019

snowy-chimneyThere’s a reason we’ve decided to build our chimney out of brick and mortar — they’re sturdy as heck! In fact, with the right care and attention, a masonry chimney can last well over 100 years, which is certainly a long time!

If you want your chimney to last for years and years to come, it’s important to be aware of the problems that may occur and that you address them right away! In fact, there are a number of common problems that older chimneys face, and below, we have listed them for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more! (And, of course, remember to contact us for your chimney repair in Minneapolis, MN!)

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Chimney Cleaning: A Job For the Pros

September 16th, 2019

We all love a good DIY project, right? Certainly, you’ve spent hours scouring the internet for tips on how to stain that old coffee table, build a cute planter for your garden, and maybe even remove a nasty clog from your shower drain. But one thing is for certain: when it comes to your chimney, it’s best not to take matters into your own hands.

With Autumn on its way, now is the perfect time to schedule your chimney cleaning in St. Paul, MN (if you haven’t done so already). Of course, chimney cleaning is a job best left to the professionals… for a number of reasons! Keep reading below and we’ll tell you why.

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The Time Is Coming for a New Fireplace!

September 2nd, 2019

fireplace-fire-burningWe know, we know, it’s still technically summer, and we’ve got quite a while before winter arrives. However, fall will be here before you know it, which means that now is the perfect time to start thinking about your fireplace. Does yours need repairs? Are you even happy with the one you’ve got?

If the answer to the second question was “no,” then maybe it’s time to think about your options. So, for your convenience, we’ve listed some of the most popular fireplace options below! All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more! (And of course, remember to contact our team when you need fireplace installation in Minneapolis, MN.)

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P.U.! What’s That Smell?

August 19th, 2019

We expect most of the strange smells in our homes to come from the bathroom — human waste and clogged toilets can certainly be a little stinky! But, what if we told you that the smell you’re smelling isn’t coming from the bathroom at all? And no, it isn’t coming from the garbage can either… No, that smelly smell you’re smelling is coming from the chimney!

WHAT? How is this possible?

Well, there are actually a number of reasons why your chimney might start to stink, and below, we’ve listed some of them for you. Not to worry though — if you’ve got a stinky chimney, we can help! So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading to find out more!

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Chimney Leaking? Here’s Why!

August 5th, 2019

chimney-masonry-worn-brickOof! We know just how troubling a leaky chimney can be! Water damage of that sort can be costly to repair and it can certainly put a damper on your budget! And, more importantly, any excess water entering your home can create a health risk for you and your family. Therefore, it really is important to know why chimney leaks happen in the first place!

There are several reasons why chimneys begin to leak, and being aware of these causes can help you avoid the problem altogether. So, we have listed just some of these reasons for you below! All you’ve got to do is keep reading (and, of course, remember to contact our team when you need chimney repair in St. Paul, MN.)

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