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Minneapolis MN Chimney Service, Inspections & Cleanings

As the crisp autumn air arrives in Minneapolis, cozy nights by the fireplace are a cherished tradition for residents across the loop, from downtown’s East River Parkway area to Medicine Lake. But before you light the season's first fire, ensuring your chimney is structurally sound and safe is crucial. Annual chimney inspections and cleanings are essential for preventing chimney fires, a significant concern for homeowners in Eden and Hennepin County, MN.

Minneapolis Chimney Inspections

So, what is creosote? Creosote is a highly flammable substance that builds up on your chimney's inner walls when burning wood logs. A clogged chimney not only creates a fire hazard but also reduces the efficiency of your fireplace, leading to higher heating costs and reducing indoor air quality. Animals and birds can also use your chimney as an entry point, creating a mess and potentially blocking the flue. Leaves, twigs, and other debris in the chimney can also be hazardous.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends annual chimney inspections, per NFPA Rule 211. When performed by a certified chimney professional, these inspections ensure your chimney is not a fire or safety hazard.

Chimney Inspections in Minneapolis MN

During a basic level 1 inspection, the technician will:

  • Visually inspect the flue liner for cracks, deterioration, or obstructions.
  • Check the chimney cap and damper for proper operation and wear.
  • Assess the masonry for signs of cracking or deterioration.
  • Look for creosote accumulation and recommend cleaning when necessary.

Depending on the inspection report, your chimney may require a level 2 or 3 inspection to check for damage that cannot be seen through a standard visual review. The chimney sweep professionals at Twin City Fireplace are certified to perform all three NFPA inspection levels and resolve any chimney issues found in your Minneapolis home.

Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning in Minneapolis MN

Professional Chimney Cleaning in Hennepin County

Did you know that the primary role of a Certified Chimney Professional is fire prevention? Creosote, a highly flammable substance from burning wood, accumulates in the chimney over time. This buildup can ignite and cause a devastating fire if left unchecked. Animals and birds can also build nests in chimneys, creating blockages that further restrict airflow and increase fire risk.

Common wildlife and pests that frequent chimneys in Downtown East Minneapolis, Golden Valley, and Hennepin County include:

  • Raccoons: These clever creatures can easily enter flues with damaged or missing caps, seeking warmth and shelter.
  • Birds: Sparrows, starlings, and woodpeckers are notorious for building nests in chimneys, potentially causing blockages and fire hazards.
  • Bats: While not inherently dangerous, bats can create a mess and leave an unpleasant odor. They can also be challenging to remove if they fly into your house.
  • Squirrels: These agile rodents can squeeze through tiny openings in the masonry and build nests in the chimney, posing a fire risk and creating unpleasant odors.