2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog : Archive for May, 2015

What Is a Chimney Cap?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

One of the most important features of your chimney is the chimney cap, also known as the chimney crown. Some older chimneys do not have a chimney cap in place, and if yours is one of these chimneys, you need to seek installation ASAP. A chimney cap is a simple installation, often a metal crown that sits atop your chimney, but still leaves enough space to vent (usually in the form of a mesh opening). Here’s what makes a chimney cap such a vital installation throughout the year.

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3 Mistakes You May Be Making with Your Chimney

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The way a chimney works is fairly simple, unlike other heating systems, which have many mechanical parts that could run into trouble. Because of this, many people do not realize that a chimney requires a certain amount of attention in order to keep problems from occurring. Over time, your chimney may suffer from water damage or creosote buildup if it does not receive the proper maintenance. Learn about some of the mistakes you may be making with your chimney and what can be done to keep it in good condition.

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All about Chimney Liners

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Without a liner, your chimney would be a major safety hazard. Chimney liners keep heat away from any potentially combustible areas of the home, preventing fires and protecting your family. Homes in the U.S. with chimneys are required to have a flue liner in place, but your flue liner may not necessarily be in the best shape it can be. A chimney professional can tell you what needs to be done in order to maintain your chimney liner, and whether yours requires a replacement, but here is a bit more information to keep you up-to-date about this important safety feature.

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What’s Wrong with My Wood Burning Fireplace?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

A wood-burning fireplace operates under some fairly simple natural principles, so it’s not very often that something goes wrong—as long as you take proper care of the system. You must schedule maintenance from time to time if you expect your wood stove to operate as expected—and to remain safe. Here are some of the reasons your stove may not burn properly.

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3 Types of Chimney Cleaning

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Winter is finally over in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MN area, and that means one thing for homeowners with chimneys: time to clean. An annual chimney cleaning service can help you keep ahead of build-up and other potential problems, and doing it in the spring leaves your chimney ready to go when fall rolls around and you want to get a fire going again. But not all chimney cleaning services are alike and indeed, which service you need depends on specific circumstances. Here are 3 types of chimney cleaning that you may want to consider this spring – part of keeping your chimney well-maintained.

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