The winters are grey and cold along the Lake Superior shoreline. Burning wood is the best way to keep your home warm and snug when the temperatures fall below freezing, and even below zero. We all love our fireplaces, but we probably don’t think much about them. We may even forget about chimney sweeping in Duluth, but it is still important, and should be part of our yearly fireplace maintenance plan. If you want to keep your fireplace and home healthy, you need professional care from Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Minnesota!
Fireplace Cleaning in Minnesota
Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents are composed of several parts, and all parts should be inspected, and the fireplace or chimney cleaned as required. The visible portion down low in the home is called the firebox, or burn chamber. The firebox is specifically designed to handle the high heat of a continuously burning flame. The chimney and flue is the portion of the fireplace system that takes the smoke and soot up through the roof to the outside world. That is the portion that we inspect and sweep for you.
Just like any other part of the home, over time things can start to break down in a chimney. Chimney tops (also known as “chimney crowns”) crack, dampers bend, pilot lights become faulty and go out, and soot or creosote can start to build up in your chimney. The last issue can be particularly dangerous as creosote is very combustible – and if not removed can ignite and start a chimney fire.
Greater Duluth, Minnesota Chimney Repair
When a chimney needs tuckpointing or masonry repair, you need to call your local Duluth chimney repair company, Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Repair of Duluth, MN. We have years of experience and many resources to help you do brick fireplace and chimney repair. When using your fireplace for heat or ambiance, your chimney will need annual inspections.
How often Should a Chimney be inspected in Minnesota?
Over a season of regular fires, this build-up of soot or creosote will start to choke the chimney. This reduces airflow, which makes for less enjoyable fires and, worse, increases the risk of chimney fires. That’s why the National Fire Protection Associations recommends regular inspections and sweepings from certified professionals, like those at Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Duluth, MN.
Duluth Fireplace and Chimney Inspections
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognizes 3 levels of fireplace and chimney inspections. The three inspection levels increase in their invasiveness as the numbers increase; for example, Level II inspections are more involved than a Level I inspection, and Level III is more involved than a Level II chimney inspection. Following is a brief description of the different types of fireplace and chimney inspections that all certified Chimney Professionals offer.
- Level I Chimney Inspection. This is your annual chimney inspection performed with every chimney sweep. Level 1 inspections satisfy the annual inspection requirement per NFPA 14.2.
- Level II Chimney Inspection. This is a more invasive inspection that requires the technician to inspect all accessible portions of the chimney, appliance and flue. This is required for all real estate professionals and property managers who are managing a home sale or transaction. When a residence changes ownership the fuel type changes, or any structural damage has occurred to the home, a Level II Inspection should be ordered.
- Level III Chimney Inspection. This is the most detailed chimney inspection recognized by the NFPA 211. It does mean the removal of bricks, drywall, or other building components in order to allow the fireplace inspector to see the areas that needs inspection. Let’s start with a Level I chimney inspection and see if you need anything more than that!
- Why use Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Dryer Vent Cleaning of Duluth, Minnesota?
Our technicians, who are Certified Chimney Professionals™, will start by carefully inspecting your fireplace, looking for common and uncommon problems that can develop across masonry fireplaces, wood stoves, wood-pellet stoves, factory-built fireplaces, and gas fireplaces.
After examining everything, they’ll recommend the services your home needs, from basic repairs to a full sweep. If your chimney does need cleaning, then get ready to see what a modern sweep can do!
We combine an expert knowledge of chimney and fireplaces with a modern sweeping system, and a commitment to world-class customer service. The result is chimney sweeping that can’t be beat!
Our chimney cleanings in Duluth can quickly and effectively remove even the thickest soot. Best of all, thanks to our HEPA centrifugal-gravity vacuum, we can do it with a minimum of mess.
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Gas Fireplace Service near Lake Superior, Duluth, MN
Did you know? Gas fireplaces are require annual inspections, per the manufacturer’s instructions!
The inside of a gas fireplace or gas heating stove chimney does not build up with black soot like a wood-burning fireplace or a wood stove does. However, there are still many safety related items that should be inspected annually on gas fireplaces and that is where Midtown Chimney Sweeps come in!
Dryer Vent Cleaning in Saint Louis County, Duluth, Minnesota
Midtown Dryer Vent Cleaning is proud to offer world-class dryer vent cleaning. Our technicians can also clean out dryer vents that, over time, get clogged up with lint and debris from normal use of a clothes dryer. That might not sound like a big problem, but clogged lines shorten the life of dryer and can cause rising operating temperatures in the dryer itself. In that case, you will have a fire hazard on your hands.
To schedule your Duluth chimney sweeping or dryer vent cleaning, call Midtown’s friendly Scheduling Center today!
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