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

5 Potential Repairs Your Chimney May Need

Monday, January 17th, 2022

Your chimney is a vital part of your home. Without it, using your fireplace wouldn’t exactly be possible or safe. But even with a chimney in your home, you might encounter problems. Those problems are often going to require expert chimney repair in St. Paul, MN.

We encourage everyone to schedule a chimney inspection each year. This is because it gives you and your technician a chance to find these issues and address them early. But, even if you didn’t schedule an inspection this season, our team is still here to help.

Here are some common chimney repairs that people throughout the area find themselves facing.

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5 Tips for Holiday Fireplace & Chimney Safety

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Who doesn’t like to enjoy a nice warm fire when celebrating the holidays? Whether it is just yourself and your immediate family members at home, or you are having some guests over to celebrate over dinner, a good fire in the fireplace makes the mood that much nicer and warmer.

With that said, we want to make sure that nothing goes wrong while you are enjoying yourselves or after the festivities are over. There are several things that you should know to do in order to keep your home safe when it comes to your fireplace and chimney use. Using these tips, you should be able to enjoy a safe and warm season without worrying about trouble from your fireplace.

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Professional Chimney Repairs Could Save Your Life

Monday, November 11th, 2019

chimney-and-fireTell us if this tale sounds familiar.

There is a lovely home on a quiet cul-de-sac that is older than its residents. During winter, a steady plume of smoke can be seen rising from the chimney of this home as the family often gathers around their fireplace to enjoy a quiet evening together in warmth and comfort. That is until one night you hear the sound of sirens as an ambulance and firetrucks come racing onto your street and you see your neighbors outside of their beloved home, coughing strongly.

Honestly, we hope this scene is one you’ve neither seen nor experienced because it is the result of a fireplace that went without necessary care and ended up endangering the lives of its residents.

It is good to know that dangerous situations with your home chimney are avoidable thanks to available chimney repair in St. Paul, MN offered by our team of professionals.

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“What Part of My Chimney Needs Fixing?”

Monday, October 14th, 2019

chimneyTo the untrained eye, a chimney may look like a simple brick and mortar pillar with a pipe or two at the top. In reality, you know that your chimney has many parts to it. And much like other areas of your home, your chimney needs regular, specialized care.

You want to keep your chimney in good working order. It helps keep your home warm and safe in the cold weather after all. But the question is how do you tell if and where your chimney needs repairs? At the end of the day, it is not only easier but safer to reach out to a professional chimney technician for examination and repair. They will know exactly what to look for and how to address your chimney’s needs safely.

For now however, we can give you a brief description of some parts of your chimney that you might want to check for potential repair needs.

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Do You Have a Leaky Chimney?

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Water entering your home is certainly a cause for alarm. Inclement weather can make our homes especially susceptible to leaks and water damage. Most homeowners are unaware that their chimneys can be a potential site of a leak in their homes. Your chimney receives exposure to the elements: wind, rain, snow, sleet, etc. Winters here in Minnesota are especially brutal, so in this part of the country, your chimney is more susceptible to damage. Water entering through leaks in a chimney will freeze during the winter, and as the water expands when it turns into ice, it will cause even larger cracks.

A leaky chimney could spell significant damage to your home and property and leave your chimney vulnerable to further damage. It is important that you contact a chimney professional right away to seal up any leaks that might exist. Sometimes a chimney leak can be difficult to spot, so below, we’ve provided you with some of the signs that indicate your chimney is leaking.

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Why Is My Chimney Leaking?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

When water leaks into your home from the chimney, you need the problem fixed fast. This is a problem that may affect your chimney throughout the year, not just when you are using it, and it could lead to some expensive, troublesome water damage. If you notice that water is entering your home through the chimney, call a certified chimney sweep to repair the damage. Here are a few ways this may happen to your home.

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Is Your Chimney Finally Out of Commission?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

You may have been told by a home inspector that your chimney should be capped and remain unused. A damaged chimney cannot properly vent hazardous combustion byproducts away from the home, such as carbon monoxide. Cracks in the chimney liner or in the masonry can also allow fire to spread to the home quickly, which is why an impaired chimney should never be used. However, when you get in touch with a chimney professional, you may find that there are a couple of options available to you.

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Repairing Your Masonry Chimney: It’s Not Just for Looks

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A masonry chimney—one constructed of masonry materials like brick and mortar—adds an elegant touch to any home. The masonry gives a vintage feel to the house, but it may experience some wear and tear over time, especially when exposed to water. Some people choose to repair their chimneys in order to update the look and feel of their homes. However, you should know that there is more to chimney repair than aesthetics (or, looks).

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3 of the Most Common Chimney Repairs

Monday, June 15th, 2015

At this time of year, your mind may be far away from the troubles of winter. But if you’re not considering services for your chimney now, it may be too late when the cold weather returns. This is the perfect time to schedule any repairs you may need or to get an inspection so that you can feel confident using your chimney and fireplace in the winter. Right now, it’s a lot easier to get an appointment on your own time, and it is important for your family’s safety. Here are 3 common repairs technicians are happy to make for you this spring or summer.

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Signs Your Chimney Needs Repair

Friday, February 27th, 2015

You can’t have a safe or effective fire in your home’s fireplace without a safe, effective chimney. As such, if you are a homeowner who uses your fireplace, whether for a simple, occasional fire or for every day heat, it’s important to be aware of the signs that your chimney may need repair. It’s just as important to hire experts to repair your chimney should it need repair. The fireplace and chimney experts at 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., bring two generations’ worth of experience and expertise to every job we do, so if you have fireplace needs, including repair, call us today!

Chimney Repair Signs

Here are some items to be aware of when it comes to chimney repair:

  • Crumbling mortar – mortar is the cement or other binding substance that holds the stones or bricks of your chimney and fireplace together. If you can see that the mortar is crumbling, or can physically crumble it with your fingers, there is likely a moisture problem with your chimney. Crumbling mortar can lead to loose masonry, which can be very dangerous for your chimney.
  • Loose flue tiles – loose flue tiles, also known as shaling, occurs when you find tiles that are specially-designed for the top of your flue in the lower parts of your chimney or even in the firebox. These tiles are very important for the safety of your chimney and need to be replaced before your next use.
  • White powder on masonry – bricks sometimes develop a white, powdery substance on their surface that can be easily brushed off. Many people take this as normal, but it isn’t. That white powder is there because moisture that has gotten inside the brick and pushed the salt of the brick to the surface. There is a name to this phenomenon, and it is called Moisture isn’t good for any kind of masonry, so if you are seeing efflorescence, it’s time to call for an expert.

Whether you use your fireplace for occasional ambience or every day for additional heat, your chimney needs to be safe and effective.

If you are seeing the signs that your chimney in Roseville needs repair, Call Us Today! 612.922.9600 or 1-888-PIXLEYS

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