Masonry Chimney Cleaning Minneapolis
Masonry chimneys are constantly exposed to the elements, and although the materials used to build brick chimneys are sturdy, they can wear down eventually. Chimney fires, fallen trees, or large branches can also cause major damage. Some older chimneys are poorly designed or not constructed with the right type of mortar. You should have your chimney swept every year so that the technician can assess the overall condition of your masonry chimney and fireplace.
The certified chimney technicians at 2nd Generation Chimneys are trained to clean and repair masonry chimneys of any size. Our sweeping services also include a Level 1 inspection, in which we can determine the basic condition of your entire chimney system. Call today to speak with one of our friendly technicians if you need masonry repairs, or to set up your annual cleaning. We are committed to our customers and their safety, so you can be sure you are getting the most qualified chimney experts in the Minneapolis area.
Because of the dangers that come along with cleaning a chimney, it is best for professional chimney sweepers to handle most of a chimney’s servicing. But if you are an ambitious DIY kind of homeowner, here are a few things you can do. Inspect the soot and creosote that accumulates in your chimney, and if it is more than 1/8 of an inch thick, it is time to service your chimney. Also examine the areas of your chimney that are exposed to the elements, and determine if you need to reinforce any brick or mortar.
Tuck Pointing & Masonry Repair Services
Also referred to as spot pointing or re–pointing, tuck pointing is the term used by many chimney professionals to describe the process of masonry restoration. This process involves repairing the mortar between bricks and stones to help protect the materials. Our technicians are trained to clean, remove, and replace the mortar in your masonry chimney to make it more water–resistant and strengthen the integrity of the structure. We will also match the new mortar with the original as closely as possible by using specialized techniques. If you have issues with drafts in your chimney flue, it may be time for re–pointing services. Masonry chimneys exposed to extreme weather conditions may also need repairs more often. When our tuckpointing experts repair your masonry chimney, you can be sure that we will restore it to the best possible condition to help it last longer. If you have any questions about tuck pointing or brick repair, feel free to call us any time.
Setting up a regular maintenance visit and cleaning provides a sense of security. Cleanings prevent chimney fires, increase heating efficiency, and allow your chimney technician to make needed repairs before they get worse. The chimney flashing is one of the more neglected components of the chimney since it is not something that homeowners typically pay attention to. The metal flashing is located where the chimney and roof meet, and it helps prevent water from leaking into your home. Water damage from flashing that is not sealed or installed properly can be expensive to repair. Roof leaks around the flashing can ruin insulation, ceilings, dry wall, roof shingles, and the chimney masonry. Whenever you schedule a chimney sweeping service with us, we will thoroughly inspect your chimney for any issues such as faulty flashing.
Masonry Fireplace Cleaning & Repairs
Our technicians are always prepared to clean and restore masonry chimneys and fireplaces when necessary. Although masonry is built out of tough materials, it can chip or crack over time. The firebox takes much of the heat, but the masonry around the hearth is heated as well, which can break down the materials eventually. We will clean the masonry before we make any repairs, and we’ll also examine the entire chimney system after it is swept to make sure there are no other damages or causes for concern. We are committed to providing fast, reliable service, so call on us when it’s time to schedule a yearly service visit.
Professional Masonry Cleaning Services
If you live in the Twin Cities area, call the certified technicians at 2nd Generation to take care of all of your masonry needs. Whether you need annual cleanings, repairs, or professional inspections, you can count on us to provide quality service. Call today to learn more about our masonry chimney and fireplace services.