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

3 Things You Can Do for Your Chimney When the Weather Is Warm

Monday, August 31st, 2015

With temperatures outside lingering in the 70s and 80s, you’re probably not thinking much about your chimney right now. We don’t blame you; we want to soak up the sunshine as much as you do. However, as chimney professionals, we feel it is our duty to let you know that putting a little time into your chimney today can save you a lot of hassle and worry later on. Here are 3 things you can do today to ensure safety, efficiency, and the proper operation of your chimney and fireplace in the wintertime.

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Relining a Chimney: A Safe Bet for Many Homes

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Modern safety standards regulate chimneys in many ways, such as the inclusion of the chimney liner in any home. Masonry chimneys were once built without anything lining the inside. While the bricks and mortar used in their construction often held up for several decades, eventual wear and tear made it so that chimneys were at an extremely high risk of catching fire. Beginning in the 1940s, building regulations began to include the mandated addition of a chimney liner in any new construction.

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Keeping Animals Out of the Chimney in the Summer

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Here at 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., we love animals. That’s why we think they belong out in nature, where they can roam free, and not in the confines of your home. One of the most common calls that we get in our office is homeowners frantically looking for a way to get animals out of the chimney. While we’re happy to help, we want you to protect yourself from this possibility, which is why we have a couple of tips to help keep them out.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Certified Chimney Sweep?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Hiring the right technician for any job can seem like the luck of the draw. Thankfully, you have a valuable resource to help ensure that your chimney sweep is completely qualified for the job. The Chimney Safety Institute of America’s online chimney sweep locator tool is one way to find a technician who will have your safety and comfort in mind, armed with all of the latest industry knowledge and the proper tools for the job.

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How to Keep Your Chimney as Clean as Possible

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Keeping a chimney clean can make it more effective and efficient and help to protect your home from a chimney fire. Dangerous buildups of substances inside of the chimney can allow a fire to spark, which may then spread to the outside of your home. Here’s how you can prevent such issues from occurring, and why you should always trust the toughest cleaning job to the professionals.

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The Basics of a Basic Level 1 Chimney Inspection

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Perhaps you did not notice anything unusual with your chimney or fireplace the last time you used it. Even so, your chimney still deserves attention from a professional chimney technician, who can make sure it is safe to use for the upcoming heating season. A chimney may not have many moving parts, but that doesn’t mean it cannot run into trouble. Chimney fires are responsible for a large number of home fires each year, and regular Level 1 inspections help to prevent this from happening to your house.

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