Minneapolis MN Chimney Cleaning
Whether you heat your home with gas or wood, you should have a certified chimney sweep professionally clean your chimney at least once a year. This helps to prevent chimney fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and other hazards. Creosote buildup and animal infestations are common causes of ventilation problems, and a chimney cleaning will eliminate these issues and increase the efficiency of your heating system.
At 2nd Generation Chimneys, our certified chimney technicians provide the most comprehensive chimney cleaning services in the Minneapolis area. Our cleaning services include fireplace insert cleanings, animal removal, and Level 1 inspections. Call today for all your chimney cleaning needs.
Because of the obvious dangers that come along with cleaning your own chimney, it is best to leave it to the professionals. But if you want to stay safe on the ground and informed about your current chimney cleanliness, grab a mirror to look up your chimney. Get about eye level with the opening of your chimney, or the hearth, and place a hand held mirror into the center of your chimney. Then angle it so you can see up the chimney. You will be able to get an idea of how much creosote build up you have. Unless you have terrific lighting from the top of your chimney, you will also need to shine a flashlight onto the mirror to look up the chimney.
Flue & Firebox Cleaning
Cleaning a chimney flue requires the proper equipment and safety gear, which is why you should hire a professional to do the job. Access to the firebox can also be difficult in some fireplaces. For instance, a factory built fireplace may be enclosed with glass and a non–removable damper plate, so they will need the right tools for access. Our technicians also have brushes designed to get to the areas that need the most attention. You don’t have to worry about a mess when you hire us, because we use the proper gear and methods to collect and remove all the debris from the flue without ruining furniture and other belongings. If you want clean and professional service, call on us.
Fireplace Insert Cleaning
Gas logs and fireplace inserts should also be cleaned and inspected regularly to ensure that they are operating safely. The two types of gas logs—yellow flame and blue flame—use different types of gas and ventilation systems. While the yellow flames tend to be more realistic and aesthetically pleasing, they can also produce soot and carbon deposits in the chimney. Some blue flame logs are designed to burn without ventilation, but these types of inserts should be maintained just like any gas appliance. Our comprehensive sweeping service includes a thorough cleaning and inspection of your fireplace inserts.
Animal & Nest Removal
When birds and other small animals make nests or get trapped in your chimney, it creates a dangerous situation since the blockage will restrict airflow. In addition to ventilation problems, animal waste and decomposing carcasses inside the chimney will create odors and health hazards. Annual cleanings will minimize these issues with a proper sweeping and inspection. A qualified chimney technician can also make recommendations for preventative measures, such as installing a chimney cap and screen. Our experienced technicians have the skills it takes to eliminate and prevent animal infestations. Call us if you suspect an animal living in or trapped in your chimney, or if you would like to schedule a yearly maintenance visit.
Level 1 Inspections
Our expert chimney technicians always provide a preliminary inspection—also called a Level 1 inspection— for the accessible components during a cleaning. This allows us to assess the condition of the entire chimney, including the masonry, and provide a written evaluation with our professional recommendations. We can make any minor repairs on the spot, but larger repairs or installations may require roof access or special tools. The initial inspection will let us know if there are any obvious signs of wear or hazards that need further attention.
Professional Chimney Cleaning Services
The qualified technicians at 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. are trained and certified in chimney cleaning & sweeping for the Minneapolis, MN area. We are committed to providing cleaning services and inspections with the best customer service in the business. Give us a call today to see why more customers in the Twin Cities area call on us for Minneapolis chimney cleaning services.