The Time for Chimney Repair is Now

This Wednesday marked the first day of fall. Is your chimney prepared for the cold months ahead? We are here to tell you now is the perfect time to take care of your chimney and any masonry repairs. Timeliness is essential in chimney repair because the longer it waits, the more damage can be done. 

An annual inspection is the best way to keep your chimney safe and efficient. And, if you’ve noticed any issues like smoke backing up into the home or chimney leaks, these issues must be addressed now. A chimney leak is often the first sign of damage and could lead to serious deterioration of the chimney masonry or some of its components if not taken care of. There’s no time to waste so schedule your chimney repair in Minnetonka today. 

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Our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and can get your chimneys ready for the season. They have been trained and tested on the best practices for preventing and correcting chimney and venting system hazards.

Not sure if your chimney is in need of any repairs this fall? We offer all levels of chimney inspections. Along with chimney repair, we also offer Level 1 inspections, which are a visual inspection of the exterior components such as the brick, chimney caps, and crown. Level 2 camera and Level 3 inspections are more detailed and will be done when needed or as requested.

In addition to inspection, we offer a variety of chimney repair services, including chimney lining or relining, masonry and brickwork, flashing repair, chimney sealing, chimney caps replacement, flue replacement and more.

We repair water damage, cracked bricks, cracked crowns, and more. We provide chimney rebuilding and tuck pointing. Damaged chimneys are not only unsafe but, if left unfixed, can cause more damage to the home. If there are safety issues with your chimney, our CSIA certified and experienced technicians can provide chimney repair you can depend on. Whether it’s an issue you notice or one we find when doing an inspection, we will make sure your chimney is functioning properly and preventing damage to your home.

Are you in need of reliable and professional chimney repair for your Minnetonka area home or business? Call Vent Guys at 612-492-1342 or contact us. We provide free estimates and free second looks (if another company already inspected).

Should Air Ducts be Cleaned Following a Home Renovation?

2020 was tough on people for many reasons. COVID-19 closed businesses and entertainment spaces, causing people to spend more time at home. With the pandemic and stay-at-home orders lasting longer than anticipated, many began to re-evaluate their home living space. Home offices or additions were no longer something people wanted but something they needed. Thus, came the surge in home renovations.

Even with increased prices for lumber and supplies, people continued to move forward with their home remodeling plans. Although things are opening back up now, people have a whole new outlook on what home is. Many people are not returning to the office, opting instead to work remotely from home long term. These changes and more are fueling the surge for home improvement projects. Many projects are outdoors, like adding a porch or deck, but other popular projects include adding extra rooms or converting existing rooms into home offices.

Air Duct Cleaning Woodbury

If you have been on a construction job site, you know it is often dusty and dirty. When working inside an existing home, the dust can migrate to your home ductwork system. That’s why when the renovation is complete, you should consider air duct cleaning for your Woodbury home. Professional air duct cleaning will clear out the dust and debris left from construction, so you can rest easy knowing your home, and the air you breathe, is clean.

Air duct cleaning is not a do-it-yourself project. In fact, without the proper tools and knowledge, you can cause more harm than good. Trusting professionals like the Vent Guys is your best bet. We can schedule a time to clean your air ducts. The process can take from 2-5 hours depending on the square footage of your home and the amount of vent openings. We have several methods for cleaning the vents, but typically we use a vacuum and scrubbers to thoroughly clean out all the dust and debris from your home’s ducts.

If you are currently working on a home improvement project, plan to in the near future, or just want to make sure the air you are breathing in your home is free from debris and allergens, make sure you schedule professional air duct cleaning. You will breathe easier knowing your duct system is not spreading anything but clean air around your house.

For reliable and professional air duct cleaning for Woodbury and surrounding areas, call Vent Guys at 612-492-1342 or contact us.

Spring Cleaning & Chimney Repair Go Hand-in-Hand

It’s wonderful to enjoy a crackling fire when it’s cold outside. But after the long winter months are over, it’s nice to give the house a good spring cleaning. There’s something about being able to enjoy the warm outside air that makes it especially compelling to get indoor spaces freshened up. But how fresh can your home truly be if the chimney hasn’t been inspected, cleaned, and repaired? Spring is not only a great time for spring cleaning but also chimney repair for your Twin Cities area home. 

Twin Cities Chimney Repair

Most chimneys consist of several parts; a chimney liner, a damper, a smoke chamber, heat-resistant bricks, a slab, and a screen. In order for your chimney to work correctly and funnel fumes, debris, and embers out of your home, all of these parts must be in working order. There are also aesthetics to consider. Common unsightly chimney problems can include broken bricks, crushed or fallen slabs, and defective dampers. All of these issues must be addressed as soon as possible so don’t hesitate to schedule any much-needed chimney repair.

And, in the spring, it’s even easier to schedule a cleaning at a time that’s convenient for you.  Homeowners usually think of chimney maintenance in autumn, when cold weather is around the corner. So, if you schedule yours in the spring you can beat the rush.

Getting your fireplace cleaned in springtime will also help to eliminate fireplace smells, which get much worse in warmer weather. A thoroughly clean and swept flue and fireplace make for a cleaner, fresher-smelling home.

By scheduling your chimney repair now, you can even reduce the possibility of corrosion caused by emissions such as creosote. When they are left on the flue liner and moisture gets in, the result could be serious damage which requires costly repairs.

The severity of any damage sustained over the winter and the extent of needed improvements can be determined by a thorough evaluation performed by us at Vent Guys. We offer all levels of chimney inspections which will check the soundness of the structure and flue, basic connections, and damper functionality. In addition, our technician will ensure the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

There’s something about spring cleaning a home that just feels great, and it’s even better when the chimney is clean and repaired as well. Contact us today! For reliable and professional chimney repair in the Twin Cities area, call the Vent Guys at 612-492-1342 or contact us and Request Service.

Is Dryer Vent Cleaning on Your Spring To-do List?

Spring is finally here; the time of year for washing windows, sweeping the house and pulling weeds from the garden. It’s also a great time to take care of essential dryer vent cleaning. As the trusted name in dryer vent cleaning for Eagan and the surrounding areas, we are here to explain why every homeowner should include this important task on their spring cleaning checklist.

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While working outside the house this spring, you may notice that your dryer vent cap is damaged or covered with lint and other debris. Dryer vent cleaning and repair is necessary if the winter weather, small animals, or usual buildup have caused damage over the past few months. Think about what happens to all the dust and lint that is getting pushed through the vent and duct. Some of it will make its way outside, but not all of it will be this lucky. Some will stick to the dryer vent’s walls and more of it will grab onto the first piece and begin to make a large clog. Our dryer vent cleaning company is here to help! An annual professional dryer vent cleaning is hands down the best way to keep your dryer running safely and efficiently.

It is also important to keep in mind that it is in no way normal for even older dryers to take more than one cycle to dry a load of laundry. This can be a sure sign of an air-flow problem, likely caused by lint build-up in the dryer duct. This lint build-up can start a house fire and even act as a fire accelerant, spreading the flames out of control throughout the home.

Dryer vent cleaning will help keep your dryer ducts clean, increase your dryer’s air-flow, save energy and improve your dryer’s performance. Most importantly, it will help keep you and your family safe from dryer fires.

If you haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned in quite some time or if you simply notice a build up of lint during your spring cleaning; now is a great time to schedule essential dryer vent cleaning from the professionals at The Vent Guys. Though there are some at-home, do-it-yourself solutions as well as vent cleaning kits, these aren’t nearly as effective as hiring a professional. A dryer vent cleaning company like Vent Guys has the expert tools and experience necessary to get your system cleaned right the first time.

Are you interested in getting some more information about dryer vent cleaning for your Eagan area home or business? Call the Vent Guys at 612-492-1342 or contact us and Request Service.

Common Chimney Repairs

A chimney that receives regular maintenance should give many years of safe and efficient service. However, once a chimney passes into old age, certain problems can arise more frequently. With proper maintenance and repairs this spring, your chimney can work just as well as its younger counterparts. As the trusted name in chimney repair for Edina and the surrounding areas, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common chimney repairs that can help enhance your chimney this spring. 

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Tuck Pointing

The bricks and mortar that make up your chimney are likely old. That means there may be signs of cracking and decay in parts of the masonry or throughout the system, leaving the structure vulnerable to seeping water, a chimney’s worst enemy. With tuck pointing, the old mortar is removed by use of a diamond-blade saw, and new mortar applied, restoring the integrity of the chimney structure.

Brick Replacement

Sometimes it isn’t the mortar that needs replacement, it’s the brick. In cases when most of the chimney is healthy and intact with the exception of a few bricks, those in disrepair can be replaced by new bricks.

Chimney Rebuilds

Loose, deteriorated bricks or spalling and decayed mortar that holds the bricks together can eventually cause the chimney to begin leaning to one side and possibly even collapse. When structural damage like this occurs, a chimney rebuild is necessary. A partial rebuild can also be done in cases where a portion of the structure is salvageable. A newly constructed concrete crown finishes up the project. Upon completion, a waterproof sealant is applied to preserve the integrity of the chimney and to protect your investment.

Crown Repair

There is a concrete chimney crown that covers the entirety of the chimney and its overhang should extend outward at least 2 inches in order to protect the chimney chase from water damage. It is often the first part of the chimney to show signs of wear and serves as a barometer of the chimney’s health overall. Any cracks should be promptly repaired to avoid damage to the chimney interior. Depending on the extent of disrepair, our masons can perform crown repair or a complete rebuild of the crown, finishing with a waterproof sealant.

Chimney Lining

Chimney liners provide an extra layer of protection between the chimney wall and your home. This additional protection is critical, as defects commonly appear in the chimney wall, beginning a process that gradually erodes the chimney. As the chimney wall gives way to deterioration, the potential arises for the infiltration of smoke and gases into your home, as well as damage to your home’s interior. A chimney inspection can determine a liner’s condition and if chimney repair is necessary.

Do you have a chimney in need of chimney repair this spring? When you need reliable and professional chimney repair in the Edina area, call Vent Guys at 612-492-1342 or contact us and Request Service.

Customer Testimonials

"Called vent Guys, because I thought something was burning when I used my dryer. It turns out the vent wasn't hooked up to my dryer. I needed a new vent connection. It's a good thing I called, because it could of been a fire." - Connie, Oakdale

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