Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Explains How to Use the Fireplace this Spring

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps ( http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is explaining to homeowners how to use their fireplace this spring so it remains safe for next winter.

How to maintain your fireplace this Spring:

  • Control the temperature if you decide to use it. You don’t want to waste firewood by having too hot of a temperature causing you to open the windows. The type of wood can help control the temperature. For example, softwood will burn hotter and faster, while hardwood will create less heat and burn longer.
  • Do not use green wood. Burn properly seasoned wood any time you use your fireplace in order to have proper heating.
  • Use your fire place efficiently by using the top-down burn method. This method helps burn all the fuel completely. Although this method may take some getting used to, it is fairly easy and will save you from wasting firewood.

A past client of Blue Sky said: “The communication and responsiveness was some of the best I’ve had dealing with contractors over the years. From the first call for an estimate to the final payment the whole thing could not have been easier… They replaced the flued, rebuilt the chimney, poured a new cap and waterproofed the whole chimney. They were in and out in less than two days!”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Advises Homeowners to Get Those Repairs Done Sooner Than Later With The Rainy Season Right Around The Corner

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps (http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is advising homeowners to get their chimney repairs done now as spring is almost here.

While it seems like the snow keeps falling, one thing is for sure, spring is right around the corner. Before the rainy season hits, take time now to make sure your chimney is in good shape. As temperatures rise and drop as they do in the early spring, water seeping into the masonry can expand, creating bigger cracks and holes.

Homeowners that take the necessary precautions to protect their chimney will prevent costly repairs and keep their home and family safe. Get your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected annually to avoid structural issues and protect the integrity of your chimney. Make sure that you have a chimney cap installed to deter critters from entering. Coat any exposed areas of the chimney crown with a waterproof sealant to prohibit water intrusion.

Dave Lambert, the owner of Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, mentioned: “Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps will do a comprehensive safety and maintenance inspection of your fireplace and chimney. We’ll provide you with a full inspection report and go over what we find with you and answer all your questions and give you all your options. We have very economical prices and we fully warranty all our work.”

A past client of Blue Sky stated: “ The entire experience with Blue Sky was great. We
had to have the top crown/cap replaced on our chimney because it was disintegrating
and a couple of the flue tile were cracked so water would leak down the chimney in
heavy rain storms. The communication and responsiveness was some of the best I’ve had dealing with contractors over the years.”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Offers Winter Energy Saving Tips

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps (http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is giving homeowners their tips on how to save energy during the winter season.

Three tips to save energy this winter include:

  • The best way to save energy with your fireplace during the winter is to make sure your fire is efficient. To accomplish this, always burn well-seasoned wood, which contains 20 to 25 percent water compared to fresh wood, which contains about 45 percent water. The less water the wood has, the quicker your home is heated and the more efficient the fire is.
  • Install a top-sealing damper. When the damper is closed, it will create a tight seal so cold drafts won’t come into your house; when it is open, it will function like a cap. It is very important to always keep the damper open when a fire is burning to ensure the smoke can get out.
  • Have your chimney inspected annually to ensure nothing is holding your fireplace back from performing properly.

A past client of Blue Sky said: “I was worried about my chimney’s safety and so I called Blue Sky and they came out and did a professional inspection of my chimney and it turns out it just needed a cleaning is all. I was shown how to use my fireplace and am looking forward to using it this winter! Very good company!”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Explains How Cold Weather Damages the Chimney

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps (http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is explaining to the public how cold weather can damage chimneys and why homeowners should get their chimneys inspected during and after the winter months.

Just like how potholes show up in roads during the winter, chimneys can get cracks and holes when the temperature drops below freezing, which can cause spalling damage. When water gets trapped in the bricks and mortar, it will freeze when the temperature drops below freezing, causing it to expand. Then, when the ice thaws, cracks can occur and can cause parts of the chimney to break – compromising the structure of the chimney.

An effective way to prevent water from getting into your chimney is to have a chimney cap installed. Another option is to waterproof the chimney, which creates a barrier between water, rain and melted snow and the chimney. Both options help to prevent damage from melted snow and help keep the fireplace safe to use during winter.

Dave Lambert, the owner of Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, mentioned: “The National Fire Protection Association recommends that your chimney should be inspected at least once a year to meet safety and maintenance standards and to check for any sooty deposit buildup or defects that makes the chimney unsafe. If you’re in doubt or simply haven’t had your chimney checked in a while, call Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps!”

A past client of Blue Sky said: “The crew showed up as expected and quickly went to work tearing off the old cap and a few layers of flagstone to replace the cracked flues. They replaced the flues, rebuilt the chimney poured a new cap and waterproofed the whole chimney… The workmanship is great and cleanup after the job was perfect.”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Advises Homeowners to Get Fireplaces and Chimneys Cleaned and Inspected During the Winter

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps (http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is advising homeowners to get their chimneys inspected during the winter months to prevent damage and to keep their homes safe.

The primary cause of chimney deterioration during the winter months is water damage.  Bricks that are cracked or chipped can absorb water from snow and rain, which then freezes as the temperatures drop.  The water in the brick expands, creating bigger cracks and holes.  As the water melts, more water can enter the brick.  This freeze and thaw process can cause bricks to crumble and fall away from the chimney.

Homeowners that take the necessary precautions to protect their chimney will prevent costly repairs and keep their house and family safe.  Get your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected annually to avoid structural issues and protect the integrity of your chimney.

Dave Lambert, the owner of Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, mentioned: “Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps will do a comprehensive safety and maintenance inspection of your fireplace and chimney. We’ll provide you with a full inspection report and go over what we find with you and answer all your questions and give you all your options. We have very economical prices and we fully warranty all our work.”

A past client of Blue Sky stated: “I called Blue Sky and they came out and did a professional inspection of my chimney… I was shown how to use my fireplace and am looking forward to using it this winter! Very good company!”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Provides Fireplace Safety Tips When Decorating for the Holidays

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps (http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is providing homeowners with fireplace safety tips as they decorate their homes for the holidays this year.

It’s very common for decorations to be placed on the base and on top of the fireplace; especially hanging stockings, stringing greenery and fixtures. If not careful, these decorations can become a fire hazard when placed close to the fireplace. These safety tips will help you ensure you, your family and your guest’s safety this holiday season:

1. Don’t hang decorations or stockings from the top of the fireplace when the fireplace is lit. Ribbons, greenery and stockings are all flammable and can catch on fire, so be sure to remove them when lighting a fire.
2. Choose fire-resistant decorations to help prevent a fire. Fire-resistant decorations doesn’t mean that they won’t burn, but it does make them less likely to ignite by accident.
3. Use a spark guard to prevent embers from crackling out of your fireplace. A spark guard can help keep your furniture and holiday decorations safe from sparks.
4. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends having a free 3-foot zone around your fireplace to help prevent a fire. This includes everything from furniture to Christmas trees to pillows and blankets.

Dave Lambert, the owner of Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, stated: “If you’re not sure if your fireplace is safe to use call Blue Sky! We’ll do a full safety and maintenance inspection and we’ll also do what’s called a Level II camera inspection of the flue liner (the chimney pipe) to ensure that it has the necessary integrity and is doing its job. This is a vital safety check that needs to be done before using the fireplace.”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Explains Why Homeowners Should Use a Certified Chimney Company

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps (http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is informing homeowners on the importance of doing business only with chimney companies who are certified from the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

Dave Lambert, owner of Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, stated: “When homeowners get their chimneys cleaned and inspected, the main reason is to ensure they are safe to use. In order to feel confident that you’re getting a thorough safety inspection, it is necessary to go with a certified chimney company. Furthermore, certified chimney companies know the correct standards in which to perform their services, putting homeowner’s minds at ease. At Blue Sky, we are proud to be members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and we are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. We can still get people in during this busy time of the year to ensure your chimneys are safe during the fall and winter seasons.”

A past client of Blue Sky stated: “When Blue Sky came out they did a sweep and a camera inspection of my chimney. After getting quotes from other chimney companies this was by far the lowest cost. They were on time, polite, and seemed very knowledgeable. Everything around my fireplace was perfectly clean when they left. They even went up on the roof to check out the chimney to make sure it was fine on the outside too. I would definitely use them again in the future.”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and the team has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Urges Homeowners to Get Chimney Cleaning Before Upcoming Fall and Holiday Season

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps (http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in the Minneapolis area, is urging homeowners to get a chimney cleaning and inspection before the upcoming fall and holiday season in order to prepare for parties, get-togethers, and for regular winter season usage.

Blue Sky founder Dave Lambert stated “It is important to ensure your chimney is functional and workable before you use it. An inspected fireplace that complies with fire codes provides peace of mind during the fall and holiday season when you are expecting to have guests visiting your home. Even if you don’t use your fireplace very often, it should still be checked for any weather damage to the chimney stack or any hidden defects. Broken and eroded brickwork, hidden blockages, rodent intrusion and hidden water leaks are some of what Blue Sky checks for when we inspect fireplaces.”

When it comes to how often your fireplace should be inspected, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that your chimney should be inspected at least once a year to meet safety and maintenance standards and to check for any sooty deposit buildup or defects that makes the chimney unsafe.

A past client of Blue Sky stated: “I was worried about my chimney’s functionality and so I called Blue Sky and they came out and did a professional inspection of my chimney and it turns out it just needed a cleaning, is all. I was shown how to use my fireplace and am looking forward to using it this winter! Very good company!”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in the Minneapolis metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.