The fall season is officially here. That means that it is only going to get colder by the day. If you haven’t already, you are likely going to be using your fireplace and chimney on a somewhat regular basis to keep your home a bit warmer.
Our question is this: is your chimney ready to be used? All too often we see homeowners through Minneapolis and St. Paul start up their fireplace and encounter the trouble created by a dirty chimney.
Avoid the hassle. Use your chimney without worry this season by scheduling a chimney inspection and cleaning in Minneapolis. We’ll explain more about this service below.
Why Chimney Cleaning Is Important
If you are familiar if the idea of getting maintenance for an HVAC system each year, then you’ll be able to understand why we encourage people to regularly book a chimney cleaning service each year too.
Chimney inspections and cleaning are something that we’d advise everyone to do before they start using their fireplace system during the colder months of the year. This is because it can help to address small issues before they escalate into bigger problems and potential safety hazards.
When you schedule chimney cleaning with 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. you can expect the following benefits:
- Improved safety: Over a season of use and even a season of dormancy, dust and other debris can find their way into your fireplace and chimney. If this build-up has gone on for a longer amount of time, it can present a fire hazard. Chimney cleaning removes any and all debris from your firebox and chimney flue to allow you to safely use this system.
- Reduced smells: Have you noticed that you smell something like a bonfire when you get near your fireplace? While this isn’t necessarily the wrong place for that kind of smell, if you aren’t actively burning wood, it is a problem. That smell can indicate a layer of creosote is sitting in your chimney and needs to be cleared out. Chimney cleaning will address this and leave you with a chimney that doesn’t stink up your home.
- Better efficiency: A clean chimney and fireplace is going to have better airflow through it. This will translate to better efficiency when using the system overall–and yes that applies to both wood-burning and gas-powered fireplaces. A clean chimney allows the fuel being used to provide the optimal amount of heat which means you’ll get the best performance from your fireplace with a minimal amount of gas used or logs burned.
Why Start With an Inspection?
When you book chimney cleaning with our team, the technician who arrives at your home will always start with a chimney inspection before they do anything else. And this is for good reason.
A chimney inspection is going to allow your technician to get a working idea of what exactly needs to be addressed. Is that a small amount of creosote to remove? Do you have a damper that has corroded due to excess creosote and moisture? Is there a leak or a nest somewhere in the chimney flue? An inspection helps your technician gather information like this to allow them to provide the best cleaning service and overall approach to get the job done right.
If you haven’t already, schedule your chimney inspection and chimney cleaning with 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Our technicians are Certified Chimney Professionals (CCP).