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

Make Sure Your Chimney Is Ready

Monday, September 26th, 2022

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.

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4 Signs You Need Fireplace Repair

Monday, September 12th, 2022
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The fireplace in your house has been there for many years. In fact, lately it has crossed the threshold from looking “well-loved” over into the arena of “worn down.”

This will happen! Time and the elements will have their impact on everything and your fireplace is no exception, even with regular maintenance. However, this doesn’t mean you should just leave it as is.

Take a look at your fireplace today and consider if you notice any of the following issues with it. If you do, then we hope you contact us to get a fireplace repair in Minneapolis taken care of.

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Why You Want To Get Any Creosote Out Of Your Chimney

Monday, August 15th, 2022
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If you saw that you have a lot of debris coating the sides of a pipe in your home, you’d likely start planning to have that pipe cleaned to avoid clogs and addressed bad smells. The same thought process should apply to your chimney.

While your chimney doesn’t get as much use as your kitchen drain, it is responsible for venting out smoke and soot that doesn’t belong in your home. And these substances can leave behind a residue known as creosote that can actually create problems with that venting process.

Let’s examine what you need to know about creosote and why it is so important to get the substance out of your chimney.

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6 Issues To Contact a Fireplace and Chimney Expert About

Monday, August 1st, 2022

A fireplace and its chimney look lovely in your home but they are far more than a part of the decor. Your fireplace and chimney are considered a home system, kind of like your heater.

While the operation and use of your fireplace and chimney aren’t nearly as complicated as that of your furnace, we want to remind you that this system does still need upkeep. Keep our team in mind when you need fireplace or chimney services in Minneapolis, MN. We are professionals you can rely on.

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3 Ways To Keep Your Chimney In Good Condition This Summer

Monday, July 4th, 2022

You may not be using your fireplace and chimney system pretty much at all for the next few months. We get that. No one is really up to stoking a fire unless it is to roast marshmallows in the backyard (please don’t do this in your living room fireplace). While you may not be using this indoor system at all it doesn’t mean that you should ignore your chimney until you need it again.

Taking the time to double-check that your chimney is in good condition is something that will benefit your home environment now and later on in the fall too. Here are three different ways that you can ensure your chimney is kept in good condition now and later in the year.

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Why You Need a Good Damper All Year Long

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Perhaps you haven’t thought too much about the different parts of your chimney before now. We get that you may just expect that this part of your home should operate without much worry and you’d be right…to a point.

Even within your chimney, there are parts that require care and your chimney damper is one of them. But do you really need to consider the condition of your chimney damper in the summertime?

The answer is yes. And we’ll explain why.

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What To Do When Animals Get Into Your Chimney

Monday, June 6th, 2022
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Spring is a lovely season when we get to see plants and animals flourish. While this is wonderful to experience in a majority of cases, it can also cause some annoyances. Just ask anyone with allergies how they feel about all of those flowers blooming!

Extra pollen in the air isn’t the only issue that might come from this time of year. All of those little critters may be looking for a nice place to call home and some of them may mistake your chimney for a great piece of real estate. It’s warm, dry, and safe–at least until you start up the fireplace!

Animals getting into your chimney isn’t something that we advise trying to address yourself. Let the experts at 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. help you clear out any unwanted squatters from your chimney.

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Why a Clean Chimney Is So Important

Monday, March 14th, 2022

The first day of spring is right around the corner. This means that some people are going to be diving headfirst into their spring cleaning checklist. We are about to start our spring cleaning tasks too but what we clean may be a little different than what you might think of.

With all the spring cleaning going on, we want to make sure you remember to schedule your chimney sweeping in Minneapolis, MN. This is a highly important task to take care of. After all, it can mean the difference between having a faulty fireplace or a safe and efficient one.

Let’s discuss why chimney sweeping is so important so you know why you should schedule a visit from a chimney technician today.

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How Often Do You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Monday, February 28th, 2022
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While line-drying your clothing can be nice on a warm summer day, it can take a long time. Thankfully, most of us are able to use a clothes dryer machine to speed the process up. You rely on this machine to do its job effectively but, if you want to continue to rely on it, you may need to double-check that it has the support it needs.

As you probably guessed by now we are talking about checking on your dryer vent. Without this part of your system, your dryer would quickly overheat and cause a lot of problems. But what if your dryer vent is just clogged with lint and debris? The same issue applies!

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A Bad Damper Can Be Dangerous

Monday, January 3rd, 2022
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There are many parts to a modern chimney and fireplace set-up that might be taken for granted. Believe it or not, today’s chimneys are far more advanced than their predecessors of 50 or even 100 years ago. This is hard-won knowledge too.

One of the great parts of your chimney that you may want to pay more attention to is your damper. Yes, your damper. This part of your chimney places an important role in keeping things running right. Here’s what you need to know about your damper…and what can go wrong with it.

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