While the summers here in Colorado Springs are pleasant, the winters are rough. During the colder months, one way you can make yourself warm and comfortable is with a wood-burning fireplace. When you need someone to take care of your fireplace, you don’t need to look any further than Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Colorado Springs, CO.
Efficient Chimney Cleaning
One of our basic services is chimney cleaning. We remove soot from the flue with stiff bristle brushes, and then we vacuum up the soot with our effective vacuums. Annual cleaning of the flue is a must for regular users of fireplaces and wood stoves. The benefits reaped from annual cleaning include properly flowing gases and safe combustion.
Fireplaces are composed of several parts. The portion in which you burn wood is called the firebox (or burn chamber); it’s specially designed to withstand the heat of a continuously burning flame. The firebox is usually lined with bricks or panels to ensure that it stays in good shape. (Even wood stoves are lined with bricks.) The bricks are fire-rated refractory ones, as opposed to regular red-clay ones from the shelf of a home improvement store. All our technicians carry a regular supply of those special bricks to reline degrading fireboxes.
The core service of our business is the proper sweeping of chimneys. Annual Level 1 inspections are completed with every chimney sweep. All of our chimney sweepers are certified by a third-party agency via a thorough training and testing process known as Certified Chimney Professionals. Whether it is the busy season of fall, or the beautiful summer time, our technicians are ready to help!
Chimney Repairs in the Greater Colorado Springs Area
While at your home, our technicians are can evaluate and recommend numerous small chimney repairs, fireplaces updates, and water-resistant compounds that can enhance the performance of the chimney or prevent rain from leaking in.
- Chimney repairs at the crown or top flue tile may need to be done.
- Possibly there is missing mortar in the firebox around the refractory fire bricks.
- Tuck-pointing might be required around the top of the chimney above the roof to help provide a properly sealed chimney.
Have a friendly and courteous Midtown Chimney Sweeps certified technician out to your house today.
Fireplace Repair Near Colorado Springs, Colorado
The fireplace is the lower portion of a chimney system, where the wood or gas is burning. The byproducts of combustion are carbon and sulfur and other particulates that rise on the hot air of the fire and cool and stick on the inside walls of the fireplace or chimney system. Regular sweeping removes this normal buildup. But sometimes the soot mixes with falling rain, especially when there is no chimney cap or top-sealing damper. When rainwater mixes with soot, it becomes a light acid. This lightly acidic solution degrades the mortar on the inside of the chimney over time. That is why Midtown Chimney Sweeps recommends a chimney cap on every flue, and why we offer energy efficient top seal dampers!
Dryer Vent Cleaning in Colorado Springs, Colorado
How many clothes dryer fires are there annually in the United States of America? Thousands of structure fires occur annually from defective or dirty clothes dryers and their associated vents.
The lint and debris blown out by your dryer every time you use the appliance is dry and often hot. If the lint combines with the high heat of the electrical element, together they could start a fire.
How Often Should the Dryer Vent Be Cleaned?
- Your dryer’s ventilation exhaust pipe and dryer flex connector should be inspected and cleaned once a year.
- The area surrounding the vent should be visually inspected every 6 months to be sure there’s no damage to the flexible connector pipe. Tiny holes may develop in the flexible connector behind the clothes dryer causing dust (or monoxide if it is a gas-fired dryers) to enter the residence.
- Plastic flexible connectors are not code and must be replaced with semi-rigid aluminum or a similar type of UL Listed product.
Let the experts at Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Colorado Springs perform your dryer vent cleaning in the greater Colorado Springs, Colorado area today!
Gas Fireplace Service Near Colorado Springs, CO
Many people do not know that gas fireplaces are required to be inspected annually per the manufacturer’s instructions. Although the inside of the chimney does not build up with black soot like a wood-burning fireplace does, there are still many safety related items that should be inspected for gas fireplaces. This list includes:
- Removing and cleaning the glass door
- Opening and cleaning the convection air chamber under the firebox
- Checking the main burner for cracks and deterioration resulting in “hot spots”
- Cleaning the gas logs and the inside walls of the fireplace
- And more!
We Fix Leaky Chimneys
A common chimney repair for our technicians is that of providing water protection on the exterior surfaces of the fireplace or chimney. We can fix leaky chimneys. Our suite of water-resistant membranes and coatings can be applied on moist surfaces and only 4 hours before a rainstorm.
- 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.
Quick-drying and effective, our chimney protection and leak-fighting solutions are gaining popularity from Seattle, Washington to Central Iowa, wherever the need arises. If your leaky chimney needs a repair, call our friendly staff and schedule a service call for a courteous Midtown Chimney Sweeps technician today!
Types of Chimney Inspections We Offer
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognizes 3 levels of fireplace and chimney inspections. The three inspection levels increase in their thoroughness as the numbers increase; in other words, Level II inspections are more involved than a Level I inspection, and Level III is more involved than a Level II chimney inspection. The following are brief descriptions 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. It is a thorough visual scan of all readily accessible portions of the chimney, appliance and connector pipes. These requirements are clearly stated in NFPA 14.2 “Annual Inspection. Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year per the requirements of Section 15.2.”Our courteous scheduling center is ready to provide you an emailed quote for the price of your annual chimney inspection. When you call in or email us, make sure you mention how your heard about us!
- 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. A Level II inspection requires roof access, and a live scan video of the inside of the flue. The video camera inspection is helpful to the technician to identify debris, soot buildup, and damaged flue tiles or chimney pipes. This is required by the NFPA 211 for new homeowners as well as property managers (when property ownership changes) and realtors doing escrow or home sale contracts. Our friendly office staff will quote you a price over the phone for a Level II chimney inspection. Make sure to have your promo code or coupon ready if you have one!
- Level III Chimney Inspection
- This is the most invasive chimney inspection recognized by the NFPA 211. It requires the removal of bricks, drywall, or other building materials in order to allow the technician to gain access to the area that needs inspection. We do not quote these prices over the phone due to the unique nature of each job. So let’s start with a Level I chimney inspection and see if you need anything more than that first!
Proudly Serving These Colorado Cities
We are proud to service the chimneys and dryer vents of Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Monument, Manitou Springs, Peyton, Black Forest, Briargate, Northgate, Fountain Valley, Woodmoor, Gleneagle, Knob Hill, Woodland Park, Goldberg, Cripple Creek, Midland, Divide, Lake George, Westcreek, Deckers, Palmer Lake, and Woodmoor!