Factory Built Chimney Cleaning
Also known as prefabricated fireplaces, factory built fireplaces are installed as a single unit comprised of a fireplace and chimney combination. Cleaning your factory–built fireplace is an important part of preventative maintenance and protecting your home against chimney fires. A professional chimney sweep is trained to clean and inspect the entire prefab chimney system, which should be done once a year unless there are other issues that need more immediate attention.
When you schedule your yearly chimney cleaning with 2nd Generation Chimneys, you can be sure that our qualified technicians will provide the best cleaning services in the Minneapolis area. Our service techs have experience with cleaning and inspecting all makes and models of factory–built chimney systems. Call today to find out why more customers call us for all of their chimney service needs.
Factory Built Chimney Sweeping & Inspections
During the chimney sweeping appointment, our technicians always provide a preliminary visual inspection, commonly referred to as a "Level 1" inspection. Level 2 and 3 inspections take more time and will require special access to all parts of your factory–built chimney system. The preliminary inspection must be done after the chimney is fully cleaned so that the technician will have a better view of all the components, including the damper and smoke chamber. For more information, see our section on chimney inspections.
Animal & Debris Removal
A yearly maintenance visit minimizes the risk of animal infestations inside your prefab chimney flue. This also reduces the risk of chimney fires and health hazards caused by animals nesting inside the chimney. Birds, raccoons, squirrels, and other small animals are often attracted to factory built chimneys for nesting sites, particularly birds. Nesting materials and other organic materials that fall into your chimney are common causes of chimney fires. If your prefab chimney is not equipped with a chimney screen, one of our expert technicians will help you choose the right size and style. Help prevent ventilation issues and fire hazards by calling us today if you know of or suspect an animal is nesting in your chimney. We are always glad to schedule an annual cleaning if it’s time for your maintenance check–up.
Fire Stops & Flashing
The metal flashing that seals the openings for the chimney on the roof and in the ceiling help make your roof watertight. They also prevent fires from moving to other parts of the house in the case of a chimney fire. You should only hire a certified chimney technician to install fire stops for your prefabricated chimney. Our technicians will inspect all of your fire stops and detect areas that may need more flashing whenever we clean your factory built chimney and fireplace. Don’t wait until it becomes a hazard; call us today to clean and assess your fire stops and roof flashing.
Special Considerations for Wood Stove Inserts
Improper installation of a free–standing wood stove or insert can create a dangerous situation. This is why an annual cleaning is vital to maintaining a safe environment in your home. Chimney technicians are trained to clean fireplace inserts and check to make sure the unit has been properly installed. If a chimney contractor has installed your wood stove insert inside an existing prefab fireplace unit, you want to make sure that the insert is compatible with your system. Many contractors who are not qualified to install wood stove inserts make the mistake of installing them with factory built chimney systems that are not designed for these types of inserts. Call us today if you have any concerns or need to schedule a cleaning appointment.
Prefabricated Chimney Services
At 2nd Generation, we offer a variety of top quality products. Providing reliable service and customer satisfaction are our priorities, which is why more Twin Cities area customers depend on us for their prefabricated chimney cleaning needs. Don’t forget that our techs are also certified to perform Level 2 and 3 inspections, in addition to the Level 1 inspection during the sweeping appointment. If you want to set up an appointment or ask questions about our services, call us any time. We are happy to help you in any way we can so that you can maintain and extend the life of your factory–built chimney system.