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

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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When Do You Need a Chimney Inspection?

Monday, April 26th, 2021

The chimney might appear flawless from the outside, but it may be hiding all manners of critical repairs on the inside. So how does a person with an untrained eye know when it’s time for a chimney repair?  

A quick chimney inspection from an expert will reveal potential problems that need to be looked into. In some cases, the professional may use a camera scan of the inside walls of the chimney to reveal areas that need urgent repairs. 

So when should you schedule a chimney inspection? As a general rule, you should schedule a chimney inspection twice every year (because of soot and creosote buildup).  However, you should sign up for an inspection right away if you notice the following 5 signs. 

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Why A Gas Fireplace Is A Great Investment

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

A gas fireplace can be the perfect spot for you and your family to gather around for some quality time.

Any room that blends elements of relaxation, social activity, and functionality can become a hot-spot to spend time in. A gas fireplace does all this and more. It is ideal for inviting friends or family for game nights or just relaxing after a long workday. A gas fireplace makes your rooms cozier and even increases the value of your home.

Here are some of the reasons you should invest in fireplace installation in St. Paul, MN.

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Certified Chimney Professionals Announces that 2nd Generation Chimneys has earned the Certified Chimney Professional Designation

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

East Bethel, MN – Certified Chimney Professionals, a national Chimney Sweeping Certification Board announces today that 2nd Generation Chimneys has achieved the Certified Chimney Professional (CCP) designation. 

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.

This in-depth program 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 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 who has proven by independent testing that they have demonstrated a professional level knowledge of chimneys and vents.”

“We are pleased to announce that 2nd Generation Chimneys has achieved this CCP 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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Do You Need a Chimney Cap?

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Whether you have a gas fireplace or a wood-burning fireplace, you are going to have a chimney. There may be gas fireplaces out there made to function without a chimney, but these are still far less common than ones that do use chimneys.

Your chimney plays an important role in keeping your home safe. This is because it is responsible for siphoning gas and smoke out of your home, rather than allowing it to fill the room the fireplace is in. Keeping your chimney in good condition is important for your safety and your comfort–and a chimney cap can help you with this.

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