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Los Angeles, California is known for its sunny days, cool evenings, and Hollywood stars! When chilly nights are upon us during the winter, it’s awesome to have a fire burning in your hearth. A wood-burning fireplace provides comforting ambiance and is a wonderful way to stay warm. Midtown Chimney Sweeps here in the Greater Los Angeles Area is the best choice to care for your fireplace, pellet stove, gas log set, or wood stove.
Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning Service in Los Angeles, California
Why Is Annual Chimney Sweeping Important?
Chimney sweeping has been around for more than two centuries, but the reason for its importance has never changed. As you burn wood in your fireplace, soot rises into your chimney and accumulates. If you don’t clean that substance away regularly, a chimney fire might result.
What Are the Chimney Inspection Regulations for Southern California?
The answer applies throughout the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that homeowners should have their chimneys and fireplaces checked annually. With regard to stoves that burn wood and bio-fuel pellets, an inspection and cleaning should happen once the soot level thickens to at least 1/8”.
The following is the NFPA’s official statement concerning regulations:
Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.
Why Choose Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Encino, and Calabasas, California to Clean Your Chimney?
- Our Reliable Tools: Our HEPA, centrifugal-gravity, dust-extracting vacuum is a German-made, triple-filtration device.
- Our Qualified Technicians: They’re certified and insured professionals.
- Our Excellent Customer Service: Your call will be answered or returned by a scheduling representative who can schedule your job fast.
- Our Great Yelp and Google Reviews: We always ask for feedback and are proud of our good reviews.
We Repair Leaky Chimneys in Greater Los Angeles, CA
Rain coming in where it shouldn’t come in? A common chimney repair for our certified technicians is fixing leaky chimneys and fireplaces! We can repair leaky chimneys. Our full set of water-resistant products can be applied on most surfaces and only require 3-4 hours to cure!
- Crown Coat seals the top of a concrete and brick chimney with a rubberized barrier.
- Chimney Saver seals the moisture from entering the sides of brick and stone chimneys.
- Flash Seal repairs and strengthens the roof-to-chimney junction flashing area to keep out water.
Gas Fireplace Service near Greater Los Angeles, California
Common in Los Angeles area is the gas fireplace, and gas log sets inside of masonry and factory built fireplaces. Many residents do not know that gas fireplaces are supposed to be inspected annually per the fireplace manufacturer’s instructions. Although the inside of the chimney does not build up with black creosote like a traditional wood-burning fireplace, there are still many safety related items that should be inspected annually on a gas log set or gas fireplace. Call for your service inspection today!
Chimney Inspections when Buying or Selling a Home in California
The National Fire Protection Association (abbreviation NFPA) provides guidance for 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 most common two chimney inspections that our certified Chimney Professionals can offer you.
Level I Chimney Inspections
This is your annual chimney inspection performed with every chimney sweep. Level 1 inspections meet the annual inspection requirement per NFPA 14.2. It is a thorough visual inspection of all readily accessible portions of the chimney, appliance and connector pipes.
Level II Chimney Inspections
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. A Level II inspection requires roof access, and a live scan video of the inside of the flue.
San Fernando Valley, California Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer vent cleaning in Los Angeles area is important! Your clothes dryer expels debris such as lint and pet hair through the dryer vent duct with each use. If the vent is not cleaned out regularly, the lint and high-heat electric element can combine and cause a fire. An annual inspection will allow you to understand the condition of your clothes dryer’s venting system.
How often should the dryer vent be cleaned?
- Your dryer’s vent going through the wall and your dryer flex connector should be inspected and cleaned annually.
- The area surrounding the vent should be visually inspected every 6 months. Holes may occur in the flexible connector behind the clothes dryer causing dust (or monoxide, if it is a gas-fired clothes dryer!) to enter the house.
- Plastic flexible connectors are not code-approved. They must be replaced with connectors made of semi-rigid aluminum or a similar type of UL-listed material.
Let the professionals at Midtown Chimney Sweeps maintain your dryer vent in the Greater Los Angeles Area today!
Proudly Serving These California Cities
We gladly provide our services and expertise to homeowners in Los Angeles, Moorpark, Calabasas, Malibu, San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Torrance, Encino, La Canada, Arcadia, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Glendora, and more!