2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Chimney Inspection’

Flue Cracks and Other Chimney Issues You Might Have

Monday, January 30th, 2023
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Sometimes, instinct can tell you when something is wrong around you. That’s why parents get that “uh-oh” feeling when their children suddenly get quiet. Other times, you may need some extra help to determine if there is a problem in your environment.

Figuring out whether there is a problem to address with your fireplace or chimney is a situation that falls well into the second category. You may have a sense that something is wrong, but instinct won’t help you diagnose the issue. Figuring out what is wrong with your chimney requires a chimney inspection in Edina, MN in order to determine what the best service is to fix that issue.

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Let’s Make Sure a Furry Friend Didn’t Make Your Chimney Their Home

Monday, December 5th, 2022

Temperatures have dropped which means that everyone is trying to stay in areas that are warm and dry. This doesn’t apply to just humans; critters and creepy crawlers are trying to find cozy places to hole up for the winter. In fact, they may already have found a spot they love and never want to leave: your chimney.

Your chimney needs to be unobstructed when you want to use it. But if there is a nest stuffed in there or damage to the flue from an animal invasion, you’ll have a hard time getting your fireplace to function properly. Getting a chimney inspection in Minneapolis, MN is a great way to see if you need to clear out left-behind animal debris or evict some small invaders from your chimney before the fire is lit.

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Fireplace Safety Measures to Remember This Season

Monday, October 24th, 2022
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It is a wonderful feeling to be able to start up the fireplace on a cold night and spend some quality time with your loved ones. This cozy set-up really draws people in. We want you to enjoy this time but we want you to also enjoy it safely.

As you start using your fireplace more often, or you get ready to start up your fireplace for the first time, we want to give you a couple of reminders to improve your safety. This way you can enjoy the use of you’re fireplace and chimney without worry.

Here are some of the safety measures you should keep in mind this season and the next.

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Remember to Get a Chimney Inspection!

Monday, April 11th, 2022

We are all ready to get ready for spring and, soon, summer, too. But this doesn’t mean you should let your chimney care fall to the wayside. After several months, and probably even some recent nights, of use, your chimney may have some things that need addressing.

The only way you will know if your chimney needs expect care is through a professional chimney inspection in St. Paul, MN. If you haven’t gotten your inspection scheduled yet, let’s talk about why it is important to get yours done now.

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You Can Schedule a Chimney Inspection Today

Monday, December 20th, 2021

This is one of the busiest seasons of the year. You want to be able to just use your fireplace without having to think about it. You opened the damper and made sure you are using the system right and that should be the end of it. We understand the sentiment. And we want you to know that a chimney inspection is going to help ensure that you can use this part of your home without any hassle.

We know that stopping to get a chimney inspection can seem like a hassle but it is well worth your time. Why? We will explain the reasons why scheduling a chimney inspection in St. Paul, MN now is your best course of action here.

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Safety Tips To Remember When Using Your Fireplace

Monday, December 6th, 2021

It is the best time of the year to use your fireplace. Whether you have a gas-powered one or a wood-burning one, this part of your home can make everything warmer and cozier on the coldest of days.

Nothing can ruin a nice cozy evening near the fireplace faster than a safety hazard. Unfortunately, as more people start using their fireplaces, more people also discover the different ways something can go wrong with their fireplace.

We want you to enjoy the next several months of using your fireplace without any stress. That’s why we want to review some vital safety tips for using your fireplace and chimney.

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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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Have You Scheduled a Chimney Inspection?

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

chimney-needs-repairSummer is in full swing and it isn’t likely that you are going to be using your fireplace and chimney for the next several months. With that said, this doesn’t mean that your chimney should be completely off your mind. Much like checking on a car that hasn’t been used for a few months to ensure it is still in working condition, you should want to make sure that your fireplace and chimney aren’t deteriorating while not in use.

This time of year is actually when you want to take the time to schedule a chimney inspection. After all, getting a professional out to check on your chimney when you aren’t using it and don’t need it makes things a lot easier for both you and the technician!

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How to Handle Chimney Squatters

Monday, May 25th, 2020

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Springtime is in full swing and summer is right around the corner. You can always tell that winter has ended because of the sudden increase of blooming plants, flourishing foliage, and an abundance of furry and feathered critters around the area. It is always a treat to sit on your porch or in your backyard and hear the birds chirping away in the trees or watch squirrels run around in the grass. Spring is always a season full of life that is thriving just outside your door.

And as cute as those squirrels are you probably want them to stay outside.

While springtime and summer are both wonderful times of the year thanks to the great weather and extra sunshine, they can also be seasons during which you start having problems with your animal neighbors because you don’t see eye to eye–where you see a chimney and fireplace built to keep you warm, they see a great place for a nest and a new home.

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What to Expect from a Chimney Inspection

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Gathering around the fireplace during a cold evening, or waking up and having breakfast around your fireplace on a Saturday morning, is a great feeling. What isn’t great is when you realize that your fireplace is full of dust and grime, or that there is another problem within your chimney that could threaten the health of everyone in the house.

Taking care of your fireplace and your chimney is an important task. That is why we recommend yearly chimney inspections. An inspection can help to catch a potential problem before you end up needing to evacuate your home or replace your fireplace. But what exactly does a chimney inspection entail and why should you schedule one? We have the answers.

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