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Chimneys FAQ: Your Chimney Flue

March 30th, 2020

When you light up your fireplace, you can sit back and enjoy the warmth knowing that all the gas and smoke being created that could otherwise be harmful to your home are drifting safely up and out through your chimney. If something is wrong with your chimney flue though, you may not get this experience the way you expect.

For many people, it may come as a surprise that your chimney isn’t just the brick chute you see from the outside. Instead, the brick and mortar act as a visually pleasing cover over the part that is really responsible for getting rid of all that smoke: your chimney flue.

Your flue is quite important to the operation of your fireplace so it is a good idea to brush up on your understanding of this structure so you can be prepared when the time comes for repairs.

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How Do My Fireplace and Chimney Work?

March 16th, 2020

Have you ever looked at your chimney or fireplace and wondered what exactly it is about them that requires professional services? It’s just a box with a hole at the top right? Actually, there is a lot more to your chimney than you may think. Understanding the basics of what each part of your fireplace and chimney does helps you know when to call for repairs much more easily. This is because, when you know how things are supposed to work, it is easier to identify when they aren’t operating right.

If you are interested in learning something new about your wood-burning fireplace, then you have come to the right place. We have gathered some key pointers for you to enjoy. Hopefully, by the end of this, you will have a better grasp of the mechanics behind your fireplace so you know when to call us for assistance.

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When To Schedule Chimney Cleaning

March 2nd, 2020

chimney-sweep-cleaning-chimneyThere are different times of year that we recognize as the right time to accomplish certain things. For example, the time after Thanksgiving is when many people start decorating for Christmas, or the start of spring normally triggers spring cleaning in households across the country. So if there is a season for everything, then when might it be the best time to schedule chimney cleaning in St. Paul, MN?

Not only can we answer your questions about when to schedule this vital service but we can also provide the chimney cleaning that you need. All you need to do is keep reading to discover when you should contact us to set your service up.

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When To Call For Repairs: Stinky Smells

February 17th, 2020

There is something special and somewhat comforting about the smell of a wood-burning fire. Even your gas-fuel fireplace can create a clean, cozy scent once you get used to it. The sights sounds and smells of your fireplace are just as important to improving the comfort in your home as the warmth it provides.

So, what happens when you turn on or light up a fire and you are instead greeted by a less-than-pleasant smell. Hopefully, your first instinct is to reach out for chimney repair in Minneapolis, MN and, while you wait for your technician to arrive, you can use the following information to help you determine what might be the cause.

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When To Call For Repairs: A Drafty Chimney

February 3rd, 2020

cold-manYour chimney is very obviously a vital part of your fireplace system. Without it, the smoke and debris created by your fire would go into your house rather than being filtered outside, putting you and your loved ones at risk. With that said, however, it is possible for your chimney to become a detriment to your comfort when it is actually supposed to be a benefit.

In our last blog, we discussed the problems that can occur when your damper is stuck. This time we want to address what it means when your chimney is letting cold air into your home and why it is a definite sign that you should reach out for repair services. A broken damper may very well be a partial cause of the problem but we want to make sure you know what else might be causing a draft in your home.

Obviously chimneys and fireplaces age and start to break down over time. This is why we suggest getting a chimney inspection in Minneapolis, MN and scheduling repairs sooner than later so issues don’t have a chance to worsen and create a bigger job than you originally expected. Make sure you reach out to us for assistance ASAP if you have a drafty chimney!

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When To Call For Repairs: Your Damper Is Stuck

January 20th, 2020

fireplace-fire-burningHaving a problem with your chimney is no fun. You want to add that little extra bit of warmth and atmosphere to your home tonight but there is something wrong with your chimney. It is a pain and we understand. That is why we want you to know a little more about when you should call for chimney repairs.

We have a few different topics to discuss on the subject of the different kinds of chimney repair in St. Paul, MN that you may need to address but we don’t want to overwhelm you. That is why we will focus just on issues with your dampers for this particular blog.

Let’s dive in so you can get the repairs you need and enjoy your fireplace again.

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Keeping Your Fireplace Danger-Free

January 6th, 2020

fire-book-openYour fireplace should be something in your home that you can trust to provide an extra boost of warmth and comfort during the cooler months. What’s more, it adds a little extra something to your home visually even during the summer months. The only thing that can hinder the positive effect that your fireplace has on you and your home is when it becomes a source of danger to your health and safety.

As you probably guessed by now, the best way to keep your fireplace danger-free is to keep it clean and in good shape. You can do this by scheduling regular cleaning and fireplace repair in Minneapolis, MN. However, a lot of us are likely to hesitate to schedule these services without knowing they’re needed.

Thankfully we can help you determine when the time has come to reach out to your local professionals for cleaning, repairs, and more.

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What to Expect from a Chimney Inspection

December 23rd, 2019

Gathering around the fireplace during a cold evening, or waking up and having breakfast around your fireplace on a Saturday morning, is a great feeling. What isn’t great is when you realize that your fireplace is full of dust and grime, or that there is another problem within your chimney that could threaten the health of everyone in the house.

Taking care of your fireplace and your chimney is an important task. That is why we recommend yearly chimney inspections. An inspection can help to catch a potential problem before you end up needing to evacuate your home or replace your fireplace. But what exactly does a chimney inspection entail and why should you schedule one? We have the answers.

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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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