2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog: Archive for August, 2017

A Fire Risk in Your Home You May Not Expect

Monday, August 28th, 2017

dryer-vent-lint-cleaningWe spend a lot of time telling people about the hidden fire risks that lurk inside their chimneys and fireplaces (especially those that don’t receive regular cleanings and inspections). Our chimney sweeps are committed to safety, and there’s one safety measure that often goes unchecked.

Today, we want to talk about a part of the home you may rarely, if ever, spend time thinking about. The dryer vent leads out of your dryer and outside of the home. It keeps all that heat out of the house, along with any gases you certainly don’t want in your home—byproducts of combustion.

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The Facts about Animal Removal from Your Chimney

Monday, August 21st, 2017

chimney-masonry-worn-brickMany of the same cute little critters we love seeing videos of on the internet are also considered pests. Raccoons, squirrels, and more of those silly bandits can hide out in your chimney, while birds can get stuck inside or nest atop the chimney. You may love finding and sharing images of some of these animals online, but when they get into your chimney, you can start to worry.

Some chimney technicians, like many of the members of our team, specialize in animal removal from chimneys. Some animals will require the help of animal rescue services to remove. Others will require you to allow them to stay and camp out until they migrate on their own, but there are things you can do to prevent this in the first place. Read on to learn a bit more about how animal removal works when it comes to chimneys.

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Options for Fireplace Installation You May Not Know About

Monday, August 7th, 2017

living-room-open-kitchen-fireplaceThere’s nothing like the crackle of a fire on a cold night, something you may be dreaming of right now as summer temperatures leave you sweating. So when you’re looking into buying a new fireplace, you may picture that traditional look and feel: a wood fireplace that burns logs and sends smoke out through the chimney.

However, this is not the best option for many homes. In fact, in our experience, more and more homeowners are looking for other options, like gas and electric fireplace installation, especially when renovating an older home or even when modifying a newer existing home. Find out which new fireplace or setup might be the best choice for your home!

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