Chimney Sweeping Minneapolis, MN
Chimney sweeping should be done on a regular basis to remove dangerous creosote buildup and animal infestations; annual cleanings also allow technicians to check for any damaged components that could cause a hazard. A clean chimney is not only more efficient, but it also ensures your safety by eliminating the risks for a house fire. Even if you heat your home with a furnace or gas logs, your flue and fireplace should be cleaned and checked for potential safety concerns, such as carbon monoxide leaking into your home.
Chimney sweeping services should always include a visual inspection. When our chimney experts clean your chimney, we also provide a level 1 inspection after the chimney has been cleared of creosote and debris. The expert chimney technicians at 2nd Generation Chimneys are trained and certified to sweep chimneys for all types of heating systems. Give us a call today and set up an appointment with the most qualified chimney service company in the Minneapolis area.
Did you know that a 1/2 inch build up of soot or creosote can reduce the air flow of your smoke by 16% to 18%? Sweeping your chimney will also rid your flue of nests and other animals, which can lead to even greater air blockage. By not allowing the smoke to escape from your chimney you will eventually force smoke into your home.
No–Mess Flue Sweeping Services
In order to fully clean the inside of your chimney, our technician will need access to the flue, and this will be different for each fireplace or wood stove. Usually, the damper plate, which is just above the firebox can be opened or removed in masonry fireplaces for easy access. For some pre–fabricated fireplaces, however, this isn’t possible, so special brushes are needed to gain access to the smoke chamber and flue for a professional sweeping or video inspection. In either case, our technicians are trained and equipped to use the best method possible to remove the soot and debris without damage to your home.
Most homeowners are concerned about the mess created from having their chimney swept. We take the time and care to cover the surrounding area, and whenever necessary, we’ll protect vents to prevent particles from getting into your ventilation system. We use special vacuums and storage tanks to prevent ruining furniture and other belongings in the process.You can trust our technicians to always clean your flue with as little disruption to your home as possible.
Once all the components of the chimney are clean, the technician will provide a full visual inspection of all the parts that can be seen without roof access; however, this may require the use of a video camera in certain styles of chimneys. This basic examination is also referred to as a "Level 1" inspection. While a Level 1 inspection can be performed during a chimney sweeping service, a Level 2 or Level 3 inspection is more comprehensive and will require access to the roof and special tools. You will also need to allow more time for the technician to perform these chimney inspections.
Tips on Preparing for a Chimney Sweep
You can help the technicians work more efficiently and safely by following a few easy guidelines:
- Try not to build a fire or use your gas logs at least 24 hours before the appointment.
- Move your furniture and delicate items at least six to eight feet away from the fireplace or wood stove.
- Keep pets outside or in a room away from the work area; the noise from the equipment can be loud at times.
- Call one of our chimney experts before the cleaning and ask questions so that you understand how the process works.
Our techs will make sure to clean up any debris or soot after the cleaning. They are also prepared to cover the floor around the chimney, as well as the intake vents and registers if necessary. You can be sure our chimney technicians will be respectful of you and your home whenever they are on the job.
Chimney Sweeping Experts
The experts at 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. have the experience, skills, and equipment to handle any chimney cleaning or sweeping job. We can also make needed repairs, and we provide professional recommendations for replacements or new installations. Call today to find out why more homeowners in the Twin Cities area trust us to take care of all their chimney service needs.