2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Chimney’ Category

Why You Should Add a Chimney Cap to Your Chimney

Monday, November 8th, 2021
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A chimney is meant to serve as an exit route for any of the byproducts created by your fireplace, from ash to combustion gases. With this in mind, it may seem a little counterintuitive to put a cap on your chimney. Wouldn’t that mess with the flow of things out of your home? What’s the point of adding a cap to your chimney anyways?

Our team of technicians is here to give you the answers you need to make an informed decision. Whether you are new to having a fireplace and chimney, or you just haven’t heard about chimney caps before, we are here to help. Let’s dive in to discuss how chimney caps can be helpful in keeping your chimney in good shape.

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What Are Spalling Bricks?

Monday, October 11th, 2021
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Having a chimney that is made with masonry is something that a lot of people love. We love them too–they are quite visually enjoyable, after all. Even chimneys that are on the older side can still be pleasing to the eye. But a “vintage” look can sometimes actually be a sign of a problem.

If you have a chimney with bricks that are in bad shape, it may mean that you need to schedule chimney repair in St. Paul, MN. This is especially important if you notice spalling bricks on your chimney.

Here is what you need to know about getting chimney repairs for problematic masonry.

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How Chimney Sweeping Helps

Monday, September 27th, 2021

We are headed into fall at this point and our nights are getting colder. Maybe you’ve found yourself thinking about getting a nice warm fire going one evening soon. We say break out the cozy blankets and your favorite book or movie to really make things enjoyable. However, before you do all that, we have to ask, have you had your chimney cleaned yet?

Chimney sweeping in Minneapolis, MN is one of the most important jobs to have taken care of at the beginning of the cold weather season. If you are scheduling work for a heater, you should be looking at getting your chimney checked out if you haven’t already. Here’s why:

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Your Damper Is Important All Year Long

Monday, August 16th, 2021

The way that the modern fireplace and chimney are set up ensures you can enjoy this part of your home without it posing a risk to your health or safety. This is a far cry from fireplaces throughout history that left smokey residue on ceilings and filled rooms with harmful gas.

Part of the reason that fireplaces are so much safer and more reliable now is due to the way they are structured. A vital part of this structure is the damper. The role the damper plays in your use of your fireplace is a highly important one. This makes it just as important to make sure to address issues with your damper with prompt chimney repair in St. Paul, MN.

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The Benefits of Regular Chimney Sweeping

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Millions of homeowners in the US rely on chimneys to keep their homes warm and comfortable during winter. However, you need to maintain and clean the chimneys properly. Neglecting the fireplace and chimneys can cause you unnecessary stress and it can lead to property damage that requires thousands of dollars to fix. 

In this blog, we cover the many benefits of regular chimney sweeping in Plymouth, MN that help keep your home nice and comfortable throughout the year.

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Is Chimney Sweeping Mandatory?

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Your chimney is vital to the use of your fireplace. But now that it is summer, you don’t need to worry about your chimney for a while, right? Well, yes and no.

While you aren’t exactly using your fireplace and chimney right now, it may be the best time to give your chimney an important bit of care. We posed the question as to whether or not chimney sweeping in Edina, MN. While no one is going to show up at your door and force you to let them clean out your chimney, we do strongly recommend you opt to have this service done if you haven’t already.

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Don’t Ignore Chimney Problems, Even In Summer

Monday, June 21st, 2021

We are rounding into the summer season. That means warm days and nights and likely very little time wanting to be spent by the fire. So, you’ve (hopefully) closed the damper and shut the grill to give your fireplace a break for a few months. Done and dusted right?

Not quite.

While you may not be using your chimney or fireplace for a little while it would be a good idea to still pay attention to how this part of your home is doing. Let’s say you already got your fireplace cleaned and pristine. Great. How is that chimney doing? If you neglect it for several months without checking for any outstanding problems, you may be in trouble come fall.

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The Importance of Having a Professional Cleaning Your Chimney

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Would you let an amateur clean your teeth? Or would you make a DIY attempt at a major repair on your car? We certainly hope the answer to these questions would be no!

Some jobs are best left to the professionals. In the examples we just listed, you should visit a dentist or a car mechanic who is trained and licensed to perform the work your need. The same concept applies when it comes to cleaning your chimney. You need to work with a professional.

Professional services for your chimney aren’t just recommended, they’re necessary for the sake of your chimney’s wellbeing and yours too. Let’s look at the difference a professional can make when they perform your chimney cleaning in Minneapolis, MN.

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What You Should Know About Chimney Liners

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Not sure what a chimney liner is or what it is for? Let us help with that.

Whether you are trying to learn about better chimney care or looking to just learn more about your chimney, one thing you should know about is your chimney liner. This is a vital part of your chimney and fireplace that can impact your comfort and your safety too. We can help you learn more about your chimney liner and provide the services you need to keep it in good shape.

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Certified Chimney Professionals Announces that 2nd Generation Chimneys has earned the dual chimney certifications of Certified Chimney Professional & Certified Chimney Reliner

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

East Bethel, MN – Certified Chimney Professionals, a national Chimney Sweeping Certification Board announces today that 2nd Generation Chimneys has achieved the dual chimney certifications of Certified Chimney Professional (CCP) and Certified Chimney Reliner (CCR). 

The CCP course consists of a comprehensive chimney sweeping manual and independent testing.  CCP candidates receive training in the following subjects: Chimney inspections and inspection standards; science of fuels and combustion; heating and venting systems, cleaning of fireplaces, wood stoves, heaters, inserts, pellet stoves and masonry stoves.  Also included is cleaning of chimneys for oil/gas boilers and furnace systems as well as problems with the performance of chimneys and vents.

The CCR course consists of a comprehensive chimney relining manual and independent testing.  CCR candidates receive training in the following subjects: Chimney inspections and inspection standards; chimney liners; general chimney relining; clay and ceramic liners; relining coatings; metal liners and metallurgy; cast-in-place liners; prefab and factory-built relining; gas/oil relining; insulation and UL standards.

These in-depth programs also includes the candidates study and knowledge of the NFPA 211; The National Fire Protections Association Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances – 2013 Edition.

All candidates for the CCP & CCR designation also agree to abide by a professional code of ethics.

“Our certifications are intended to fortify the experienced chimney professional’s knowledge, and to allow the experienced chimney professional the chance to prove by independent testing that they have attained a professional level of knowledge of the codes, standards and practices of a Certified Chimney Professional or a Certified Chimney Reliner and to achieve the designation” states Marshall Peters, Director of Certified Chimney Professionals.

Additionally, Mr. Peters asks the following questions:  “When it comes to fire, would you leave your home in the hands of just any guy with a ladder and a brush?  Why not instead, trust your chimney to a Certified Chimney Professional or a Certified Chimney Reliner who has proven by independent testing that they have demonstrated a professional level knowledge of chimneys and vents as well as chimney and vent relining.”

“We are pleased to announce that 2nd Generation Chimneys has achieved both the CCP & CCR designation.”  states Mr. Peters further.

About Certified Chimney Professionals Certifications –

CCP offers training materials, testing and certifications for both the Certified Chimney Professional and the Certified Chimney Reliner designation.

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Contact:

Marshall Peters, Director

Certified Chimney Professionals

www.CertifiedChimneyProfessionals.com

contact@CertifiedChimneyProfessionals.com

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