If you’re looking for an upgrade to protect your fireplace, look no further than installing a top seal damper! The top seal damper provides a seal of the entire chimney and keeps out the elements, drafts, and pests-- at the top!
The main cause of dryer vent fires is the negligence of getting them cleaned. When was the last time you had your apartment building's dryer vent cleaned? Not only is it important to clean the lint filter on the clothes dryer between each load, but it is also important to get the dryer vent duct cleaned annually.
One of the common questions we get is in the title of the blog today: When should I have a Chimney Inspector look at my Fireplace? So here goes:
When you are buying or selling a home you should definitely have the chimney inspected by a Certified Chimney Professional
When you are buying or selling you should have a Level 2 inspection completed.
Enjoy the Fire. Burn wood.
So when you light up your next outside firepit for the family to enjoy, remember to pass it along. Pass along the survival skills, Pass along the fire starting skills. Spend time with your son and daughter. Make time for what really matters. Show them you care about them, and build a stronger nation all by simply enjoying the fire.
What is the relative value of different kinds of Firewood?
No blog about firewood would be complete without some practical reference to BTUs! Firewood is any combustible flora or plant matter that is convenient and useful to burn in a fireplace or wood stove for heating purposes. In the American novel of the westward expansion of the mid to late 1800's by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prarie, we read about the Long Winter. During this prolonged cold season there became a shortage of firewood. Due to the nature of the Mid West, straw was available and used for fuel to create heat in the little clapboard structure the family lived in. Evenings were spent twisting straw and braiding it into thin cords that would be fed into the wood stove.
Thankfully, due to modern technology, all EPA Phase II stoves burn cord wood with around 60%-80% efficiency. It makes me wish I could transport one of these efficient woodstoves back into Laura Ingalls Wilder's little house during the long winter and help her family stay warm!
9 Signs that a Professional Chimney Sweep looks for to Identify if a Chimney Fire has Occurred:
“Puffy” or “honey combed” creosote
Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe or factory-built metal chimney
Cracked or collapsed flue tiles, or tiles with large chunks missing
Discolored and/or distorted rain cap
Heat-damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney
Creosote flakes and pieces found on the roof or ground
Roofing material damaged from hot creosote
Cracks in exterior masonry
Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners
A client last week asked one of our Midtown Chimney Sweeps franchisees for a few bristles cut from his chimney sweep brush. The sooty bristles are a symbol of good luck. There is a rich tradition of good fortune intrinsically tied to our careers of soot removal. We reviewed the 1964 film “Mary Poppins” with all-star cast favorites Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews. We gleaned three things to share with you. If you find these helpful, please share this post! Did you know that it's good luck to see a chimney sweep on your wedding day, shake his hand or be kissed by him? 3 Lessons Learned from a Lucky Chimney Sweep.
Over 50% of all homes in the USA have fireplaces. Chances are, when you buy a home, the fireplace plays a part in the decision of which home you buy. Statistics say that 58% of hearth owners consider their fireplace, wood or pellet stove or insert to be a major design feature in their home. Now that you have a fireplace of your own, learn 3 tips for new home owners with a fireplace, and get a start on the chimney inspection process!
3 Tips for New Home owners with a fireplace
Fireplaces sell homes. Or dramatically help buyers decide on one home over another. Just look at almost any real estate photo shoot- the advertisement that wants the home to feel cozy and safe will feature the fireplace. Or any company that wants to tell the consumer that their products are safe and enduring will use a picture of a fireplace. Or at least feature it in the background. And yet, many real estate agents are still nervous about talking about the very fireplaces that help them increase the home's sale price. This may be due to the high number of Millenials entering the real estate profession and may be exposing a need for more education. Midtown Chimney Sweeps has put together a list of reasons why real estate agents need to know about fireplaces. Midtown offers free one hour courses to real estate broker's office in California, Colorado, and Iowa.
4 Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Chimney Cap: Unwanted animals in the home, Odors from droppings, Odors from dead creatures, Keeping out rain. A Midtown Chimney Sweeps technician can assess your chimney cap's condition and recommend either a top-mounted chimney damper and cap combination, or a standard masonry chimney cap.
Dirty Jobs Can Yield High Returns
Sometimes the most unlikely business models are the most successful. Take trash collection, carpet cleaning, or chimney sweeping for example. Nobody wants to do them, but they actually pay very well. Some of these home-service business opportunities may have tremendous growth opportunities in the "dirty jobs" section of America because customers want quality and professionalism in these areas of home service, and cannot find it. Figure that one out and you are already an entrepreneuerial-minded business person on your way to the top.
Here is a list of 5 things you can do to make a good home-based business in America today.
How to Know if Your Pellet Stove has a Bird Nest is not easy at first, but we will show you how to figure it out! The picture above is of my hand removing a handful of twigs and nesting debri from a sparrow's long two weeks of labor to build a nest in our Midtown Chimney Sweeps' client's home in Evergreen, Colorado. Our technicians regularly remove nesting debri from all kinds of chimneys in the spring months.
Note: It is a violation of the Endangered Species Act to remove a Chimney Swift or its nest during nesting season. Consult with local animal removal authority in your county or city before attempting to move these special little critters!
Our Midtown Chimney Sweeps Customer Promise: Love your chimney & Dryer Vent Promise or let us Know. We'll Always Sweep it Right!
The Midtown Chimney Sweeps Customer Promise is rather simple. In fact it is refreshingly basic. It is poetically and vibrantly new in the midst of a chaotic age of overly technical software glitches and cold coffee on the way to dead-end desk job while you look for fourteen passwords.
Welcome to Evergreen, home of the best in mountain living. Nestled just 30 miles west of Denver, our neighborhoods boast a relaxing mountain lifestyle with all the conveniences of city living, just a short drive away. Tupper’s Team is the most trusted Evergreen real estate group, and we’re here to help you find the perfect home.
Tupper’s Team specializes in selling homes and land in Evergreen, Conifer, Morrison, Golden, Genesee & the Lookout Mountain area. As part of the RE/MAX Alliance, we have access to the most complete list of available Evergreen homes. We know the territory, from modest vintage cabins to signature estates on sprawling acreages. Tupper has been in the Evergreen realty business for over 40 years, giving us the expertise and insight we need to ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, call Tupper’s Team, and we’ll help with all your real estate needs.
Midtown Chimney Sweeps has Certified Chimney Professionals ready to measure and install your fireplace doors. If you have the doors already picked out, we can help you select the right size and order and install them! Fireplace doors are useful for several reasons:
Fireplace doors cover up dirty old fireplace burn boxes
Fireplace doors change the entire look of the fireplace
Fireplace doors can help improve the value of a residence that is being offered for sale
Fireplace doors can functionally reduce cold down drafts
Fireplace doors can keep the hearth clean from ashes blowing out
Fireplace doors can make your user experience more pleasant by reducing smoke blowing back into the home.
Masonry wood burning fireplaces and factory-built fireplaces are probably the most common fireplaces a typical American family will become familiar with. Sitting by the fireplace and enjoying the ambiance of the crackling wood and embers burning bright is enjoyable and relaxing. Christmas time and Thanksgiving are full of wonderful memories of friends from times long past. But how efficient are these fireplaces in the long run for heating your home?
"Mary Poppins" the musical is in Cedar Rapids this weekend! Buy your tickets now and support the worlds greatest chimney sweep movie and play in modern time. Family fun is awaiting with a sooty twist and touch of luck from Chim-Chimney-Cherroo!
Are you interested in getting into professional dryer vent cleaning? Perhaps you have a customer list and you are looking to develop more home services to offer to customers while you are in their home. Well Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Dryer Vent Cleaning is a business opportunity that embraces both of these commonly requested home services. With exciting business opportunities throughout the United States, Midtown Dryer Vent Cleaning Franchise opportunity will allow you to enjoy the family time you need while growing your business.
Midtown Chimney Sweeps are Trained to Maintain Pellet Stoves at the Annual Cleaning
Midtown Chimney Sweeps recommends the annual cleaning of all firepalces, chimneys and vents. Pellet stoves require annual maintenance after every two tons of pellets are burned. Annually we will arrive and do the following pellet stove maintenance and operation list, typically:
Inspect the hopper and auger plate
Check pressure and latch switches
Clean ash from exhaust pipes
Lubricate and clean convection and combustion motors
Inspect electrical wiring, heat switches and vacuum sensors
Clean fire chamber including the burn pot, ignition assembly, fire walls, draft chambers,exhaust ports and heat exchangers
Test electrical sensors and ignitor
Clean glass doors and start up stove to make sure all is working correctly
Pellet Stove Emissions
Many chimney professionals have used different relational data base software programs over the years to manage their businesses. Chimney Business Marketing ROI Software was simply non-existent. Surprisingly, there seems to be little or nothing on the market for just chimney sweeps still today. Many sweeps began in the 1980’s using FILEMAKER on MacPlus. Some have used gigantic excel spreadsheets Since that time there have been dozens of advanced software programs that make running a service business productive. Many sweeps have tried using ServiceCEO, Smart Service, Service Max and more.
An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and have caused about 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Cleaning the lint trap will help in this but nothing is more critical than having a professional come to your home and clean your dryer vent pipe to assure the safety of your home and family with this appliance.
You probably landed here because you wanted to know the EPA regulations for Wood Heaters, and more specifically the List of all the approved wood stoves and fireplaces that are permitted to be sold and installed in Colorado. Basically, What kind of wood stove can I install in Colorado? What days can I use a fireplace in Denver? Is it a No Burn Day today? You will find all of that on this blog post about Colorado air quality and approved fireplaces for Colorado.
People may never ask it but we all wonder. That is why we stare into campfires. We even fall into a trance-like state gazing at the dancing flames. How does wood burn in my fireplace? Will that edge of the log burn before that twig on the side? What is the meaning of life anyways? Chemists can describe the precise chemical equation of how carbon-based wood oxidizes into water and minerals while releasing light and heat… but there is still a magical effect that will never pass away. We will never grow tired of looking into the fire. The romance of the fireplace will endure forever. It is often around the family fireplace that we have the most significant conversations in the human experience. The young man asks the father of the bride for her hand in marriage. Fathers read stories to their children. Lovers stay up late at night talking and throwing sticks on the fire. At Midtown Chimney Sweeps we get that. We want you to enjoy the fire. So with that, lets us lay the foundation in the next two paragraphs for understanding the three stages of combustion to get a handle on this intriguing and dramatic oxidation process.
Chimney inspections and repairs often require a unique skill set. Like pseudo-acrobatic skills documented in this photo of a Midtown Chimney technician. Here he is fully submerged in an enclosed attic space that could only be accessed from a hole in the roof. Tight spots and high places puctuated by periodic rain and snow while examining roof leaks- this is what makes the inpsection process unique. While most of the time our Level II real estate chimney inspections can be done from the level, warm comfort of the hearth indoors, some times one must simply ascend the heights to document the chimney top for himself. Midtown Chimney Sweeps has created a quality chimney scanning camera that allows most of the flue interior inspection process to be completed from the inside of the home. This reduces the need for chimney inspection acrobatics!
Man and fire. Mankind versus the elements. Some battles rage on regardless of cultural and political boundaries or enemy occupation. The Great Frost of 1709 covered Western Europe and caused so many deaths that it was likened to an invading army. The Dutchess of Orleans wrote in a letter to her aunt in Germany that she had never been so cold in her life- and she was wrapped in furs sitting next to a roaring fireplace. A rich man can freeze as easily as a poor man. Central heat may come and modern boilers may go. But there is no heat like that of an open wood burning fireplace. That is why the fireplace will never die.
It has been our experience that the American chimney sweep seems to be the quintessential small businesman plagued by traditional operations headaches. But he doesn’t know how plagued he is. He has a profitable trade, a niche market, and he is the go-to person in town for anything chimney cleaning or sweeping related. But nothing is automated in his business yet. The sole proprietor is the automation.
In this article we suggest two areas of instant business automation that we can provide to you the sole proprietor. Someone will still need to clean the chimneys and sweep the flue- but that is already your expertise. Once your business is automated, the business can "run itself" to a certain degree, allowing the business owner to concentrate on upselling, improving procedurees, new product development or to simply to take a "real" vacation! Automation is the key.
The birds are chirping and the weather is finally shifting to the warmer side of the thermometer. The windows are beginning to open and those of us who live in colder climates are seeing the first sights of our yards as the snow melts.
Experts recommend that chimneys are swept and inspected annually whether or not the fireplace is being used.
A dirty chimney can cause chimney fires...which damage structures…destroy homes and injure people.
I don't know if you have heard but the next generation has an official term! Millennial! As a demographic, millennials have a lot going for them. They spend about $50 per capita more on alcoholic beverages, $400 more on personal services and nearly $100 more on furniture. They are more likely to have young kids, especially in Salt Lake City so they spend twice the national average on clothing or home services.
Almost every home in America uses a dryer. It runs almost everyday. Hundreds and Hundreds of loads every year. How often are we even paying attention to this appliance? It produces pounds of dryer lint during its lifetime and it literally contains an electric heating element right next to the most flammable accidental firestarter.
This is going to be your new favorite product to bring to a clients home! Not only will they love the demonstration but they will love you for trying to offer them an everyday product that works to help keep them safer in between sweeps!
Nothing creates stress like falling behind. If you wake up late, your whole day will be under a dark cloud as you rush around. Set your alarm for a few minutes early so you have plenty of time to tackle the always lurking and unexpected road blocks that come into your path.
If your stove is your sole source of heat
If you rely on a wood stove as your only source of heat, you should contact your local health department or building department about an exemption from burning restrictions. Most municipalities in the seven-county metro Denver area have their own ordinances and regulations that include provisions for exemptions.
This picture was sent to us by Franchisee and Certified Sweep Garett Kofahl in Boulder, Colorado!
This is a perfect example of a huge fire risk silently building in the home!
In 1999 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPC) developed a report called the “Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers.” In that report they determined that of the 15,000 fires studied in one year, electric dryers were over 2.5 times more likely to be the cause of the fire than gas dryers.
Anyone who has the benefit of having a fireplace in their home can enjoy the warmth and glow of a fire during the bitter months of winter, enjoying a ritual handed down through the generations. Warmer temperatures are certainly coming to an end, and we need to start thinking about the condition of our chimneys and woodstoves.
The chimney crown or splay is the cement part on top of the chimney*. The bricks go up around the tile flue liners, but at the top you need something to stop the rain and snow from just falling in around the tiles. You can see that the very purpose of the chimney crown is to keep rain out.
With the colder winter months upon us, fireplaces and woodstoves will start to get more use. With burning wood, ash is always an end product that needs to be disposed of. With a little pre-planning and the tips from this article, you can turn a waste product into a valuable resource around the homestead and in the garden. Once you have a professional sweep come to your home to clean your chimney, put the left over ash to good use!
If your clothes dryer is doing its job, leaving your clothes fresh, warm and dry, you may think it doesn't need any maintenance—but it does. In fact, in addition to cleaning out the lint screen after every load, your dryer requires regular maintenance that can help it dry clothes faster, use less electricity, and make it a safer appliance to use in your home.
Leaves are beginning to fall and critters are trying to find a warm place to sleep! Are you protecting your chimney from the outside? You might not have a chimney cap, or even know what a chimney cap is, but it is an important part of the health of a chimney.
Waking up to a summer snow is something that I have never experienced in Colorado. We are in for a cold wet year and I am so glad I was prepared. My fireplace is already burning hot this morning and I have the comfort in knowing my family and home is safe because I got my yearly inspection and cleaning.
Midtown Chimney Sweeps sends out it's warmest welcome to Adam Rebling of Iowa! He is the newest addition to the Midtown Chimney Sweeps family. I wanted to share a little about him to our community. We couldn't be more proud that he chose Midtown Chimney Sweeps, and we are thrilled to now be offering chimney services in the great state of Iowa!
In medieval Britain, when life was becoming more sophisticated, greater comfort was desired indoors. In previous dwellings, smoke from a central hearth rose up to find its own way out of rafters and gaps in the walls. The discomfort was incredible and it was hard to find a living space that wasn't covered in black soot. The solution to this problem was a chimney. It was invented by considering a way to force the smoke inside a space that could guide it to a suitable exit. A chimney flue shape was created and began to be a commonplace addition to homes.
It is about time to start thinking about sweeping your chimney for the fall season. The air is feeling brisk and the evenings are bringing a chill. Have you had your chimney inspected yet? Will it be ready to burn tonight?
In the year 1841 the number of chimney sweeps in Britain totaled 5028. More than one hundred and twenty of them were widows who had taken over their husband's businesses. There were eight hundred chimney sweeps in and around London and those tradesmen employed four hundred journeymen and sixty two boys. Although there were a large number of chimneys to sweep, most of their income still came from collecting and selling soot.
Entrepreneur Magazine is a great resource for anyone interested in owning their own business. It is always full of poignant advice and inspiring stories of success. This article has simplified all of the fabulous reasons a fledgling entrepreneur should strongly consider a franchise opportunity! Many of us out there are striving for new financial goals- and doing this regularly is a motivating way to get yourself out of the current economic funk. For many people, these goals include the desire to start their own business and become the master of their destiny, and franchising can fit very well into that picture.
The chimney sweeping trade began with a societal need! If you are already a sweep you might already know some of these historical tid-bits, but I thought it would be a fun post for others to learn about the history of the trade.
In the time between 1649 and 1672, as a way to supplement the lack of small change, traders and innkeepers issued tokens. These tokens showed their name and trade and were actually used as an official currency.
Today Marshall Peters of Certified Chimney Professionals, a nationwide certification for chimney sweeps, taught a class in Trenton, New Jersey. The five attendees said it was the most the professional chimney-related instructional course they had attended in years and years.
It all starts when you are a kid. You learn the importance of pleasing people, such as, parents, relatives, friends, etc. Then you go to school and please your teachers, coaches, and other students. Next is work, and you please your boss, your co-workers and take on as many tasks as possible. If you do well you climb the ladder to more success and more pay.
The hearth industry is potentially the next fastest growing Franchising opportunity in the United States. Join the Midtown Team to bring professionalism and a system to your existing business, or form a more valuable company before exiting (for those who are approaching retirement age) or to start a business from scratch. We are partnering with successful predecessors in similar industries to bring the finest quality CRM and scheduling systems to our franchisees. The key to the success of any Franchise is creating speed through systems for expensive labor services, and a deep understanding of the customer. The hearth industry is ready for Midtown Sweeps. Are you?
Peter Drucker wasn't god, but he was an amazing man. He had a way of turning parables of management into specific terms a small business or corporation could follow easily in their everyday dealings. I recently began reviewing his works and I thought a bi-weekly blog post would be a fun way to open discussion based on his insights and maybe share his innovation with someone unfamiliar with his visions for chimney sweeping opportunity!
Celebrating the fourth of July I had a desire to do a little research into our forefathers. Funny enough I found this story, and from a chimney sweeps perspective I could help but find myself drawn to it. Tragically, it was all thanks to a chimney fire. This specific story happens to be the worst imaginable informational loss that has ever been connected to a chimney fire. I can't help but to wish Midtown Chimney Sweeps had only been there to inspect this fireplace!
Here at Midtown Chimney Sweeps we are really in love with the Chimney Sweeping trade. No other current working trade can boast such a colorful and entertaining past. We all have seen the Disney rendition of the Chimney Sweep but what was their everyday like? We are slowly doing the research and we want you to come here to all of the new information we are compiling in the next year. Our website has a specific page that will be posting fun facts and trivia for your learning pleasure.
Many homes in America use gas fireplaces instead of wood burning stoves and many don't realize that you should still sweep and/or inspect your stove yearly. Here is why?
Whether you primarily use a gas heated appliance, a furnace or even a hot water heater most of the appliances used today still use the chimney to vent the exhaust.
This sounds hard! If you are moving into a new home or have recently purchased a rental. We are ready an available to send you a certified chimney sweep to inspect your chimney. Cracks, water damage or an uncleaned chimney can mean a higher risk when you are ready to burn in the coming months
Social Media is everywhere now a days and Midtown Chimney Sweeps loves the idea of being a part of your everyday life. We will strive to keep you entertained while bringing you up to date information on the ever growing hearth industry. Let us contact you when we have a specials or coupons, we know you are busy and we want you to be able to spend your time doing things you love. We are the the first choice for busy customers. We make our scheduling easy and fast so you don't have to can get back to what fuels you!
ALMOST READY?! This opportunity will be worth the wait. Although, Midtown Sweeps does not offer franchises for sale at this time. Midtown Chimney Sweeps is about to launch a complete kit of Chimney Sweeping services that are so tightly packaged that it is entirely proprietary and completely exciting.
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Had them come to do a chimney sweep and dryer vent clean for a condo I just purchased. They were efficient and amazingly helpful, performing the chimney sweep efficiently and going way above and beyond on the dryer vent clean!
They found a bird's nest that had been lodged in the dryer vents and was a possible fire hazard - and took care of it and cleaned everything perfectly. I will definitely use them again for future annual chimney sweeps and would highly recommend the to anyone around!
Thank you so much!
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Awesome! I had Byron come service the chimney/fireplace of my new home before winter sets in. What incredible, friendly, and knowledgable service. I will definitely use them again. I hugely recommend them to anyone needing their chimney/fireplace services.
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Tikar was really professional, punctual and got straight to work. He answered all of my questions and gave me some helpful info about the wood burning stove since I've never used one before. Thank you, Tikar!
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I've used these guys twice and had an excellent experience both time. Scheduling is easy and communication with the company is very professional. They were very conscientious about putting down drop cloths and keeping everything clean. And they went way above and beyond providing excellent service.
I had bought a remote for our propane fireplace a year before and never installed it for myself. When Midtown installed it and it didn't work right away, they personally took it back the place from whom I'd made the purchase to troubleshoot before returning to complete the installation. And spent a ton of extra time on the return trip because they discovered a gasket on that fireplace needed to be replaced and they did it right then and there.
I can't say enough good things about these guys!
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The Midtown Chimney Sweep's representative that came to my home was very professional, knowledgable, and helpful! He answered all the questions I had and helped me fix a gas fireplace I had been having problems with for years! Best experience I've had with a chimney sweep service in years! I will be using this company again!
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Great customer service and really helpful!!
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My experience with Midtown Sweeps was primarily through their employee, Jason Allen, who was polite, efficient and knowledgeable. The top of one of my fireplace chimneys had blown off during a major windstorm which is common in Evergreen. I also had a problem with a woodpecker getting in the chimney and wood-pecking on it at all times of the day and night. Jason efficiently climbed on the roof and replaced the chimney top and we had a fun discussion about woodpeckers. If Jason represents Midtown Sweeps as a typical employee, then I recommend the company at a high level and would recommend the company to anyone who needs chimney support.
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Glen was terrific. He got here on time, was curtious and cleaned up after himself both inside and out. Price was fair. I'd recommend Midtown without hesitation.
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We found these guys to be very helpful, professional, and competent at a great price.