2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog: Archive for November, 2016

Could You Fall Victim to a Chimney Cleaning Scam?

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The average homeowner does not know too much about the chimney that vents byproducts away from the fireplace and the home, aside from the basics. You may know about the damper and about selecting seasoned firewood. You may have also heard that you are supposed to have your chimney cleaned once a year. But do you know how to spot an honest, legitimate company to take on that job?

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Common Problems with a Chimney Liner

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

While masonry chimneys made of brick and mortar may be beautiful and timeless, it’s not a safe material for smoke and other byproducts to move through. That’s why you have a chimney liner—or you should—inside of your chimney that improves ventilation as a fire burns in your fireplace.

Without a good chimney liner, there is a much higher risk of a chimney fire. It could quickly spread to the outside of your home, and that is something you want to avoid at all costs. Here are some common problems with chimney liners you should know about, and which your technician should check for during an inspection.

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Cleaning the Chimney Is Not Easy…But It’s So Important

Monday, November 21st, 2016

You may have heard before that cleaning out the chimney from time to time is an important part of home maintenance. And it is—just like clearing the gutters and changing air filters. It should be done annually because failing to clean the chimney can lead to a major fire hazard.

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Prepare Your Chimney for Snow and Winter Ice

Monday, November 14th, 2016

In the wintertime, you may assume you can light the fireplace without any repercussions. But when you live in an area where snow and ice play a prominent role in the winter’s climate, you need to take some extra precautions.

Here are 3 ways we recommend homeowners get their chimneys ready for the winter. Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season by following our advice.

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Three Things You Must Do Before You Use Your Fireplace and Chimney

Monday, November 7th, 2016

This year, don’t take your comfort and safety for granted. Starting a fire in the fireplace can come with a cost, and you need to be sure your home is as safe as possible before you can enjoy the cozy glow of a fire on a quiet evening with your loved ones.

This year, be sure your home is prepared. Do these three things BEFORE you use your fireplace this year.

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