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

Failure to Clean Dryer Vents Leads to Fires

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Dry winter air can intensify the possibility of a home fire. And some of the most inconspicuous things in your home could be responsible for starting a fire that spreads to the outside of your home. One of these is a home’s clothes dryer.

Clothes dryer fires are surprisingly common, and the number one reason for a dryer fire is lack of maintenance on the part of the homeowner. This may be more involved than you think.

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Plan for Fire Safety in Your Home

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

We cannot overstate the importance of knowing what to do, and ensuring your family knows what to do, in case of a fire in the home. Planning for fire safety means ensuring you have up-to-date working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, along with a plan for what to do in an emergency. Learn more in today’s guide.

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How to Tell Your Chimney Needs Sweeping

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We recommend that you get your chimney cleaned about once a year. However, there are certain circumstances in which creosote can build up faster (or slower) than it normally would, meaning you may need to clean at a different frequency.

Want to check whether your chimney is in dire need of cleaning? Read on to learn about when to get your chimney professionally cleaned, and find out more from our chimney sweeps.

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Why It’s So Important to Keep Snow and Ice Away from Outside Vents

Monday, December 12th, 2016

This season, we’ve spent a lot of time making sure homeowners get the professional services they need to use their fireplaces and chimneys safely. However, these aren’t the only parts of your home you use in the winter that could pose a threat to your health and safety. Any heating system has vents that lead to the outdoors, and they do not all necessarily use your chimney.

High-efficiency heaters and stoves have smaller metal flue pipes that vent through a wall in your home. Occasionally, these vent pipes can get blocked up with snow and ice, and it’s up to you to take notice and take action.

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We Use the Chim-Scan System for Chimney Inspections

Monday, December 5th, 2016

We want you to have a safe and happy holiday season. But an uninspected chimney can be a serious barrier to this. Spending the holidays around a warm, welcoming fire may seem like the perfect family time, but hidden dangers could lurk in the chimney and fireplace.

Routine chimney cleaning is a good way to protect your home, but it’s nothing without a complete inspection before and after. Call our team for more information about chimney cleaning services, and find out why we use the Chim-Scan video scanner below.

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