As any Colorado resident knows, the summers in Colorado Springs are pleasant while the winters can be rough. In the colder months, a great way to make yourself warm and comfortable is with a beautiful wood-burning fireplace. These fireplaces are efficient and cozy, significantly bringing warmth and ambiance to any setting. When the time comes for your annual sweep and inspection, look no further than Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Colorado Springs, CO.
Efficient Chimney Cleaning
One of our basic services is chimney cleaning. We remove soot (or creosote) from the flue with stiff bristle brushes and effective vacuums (no mess!). Annual cleaning of the flue is a must for regular users of fireplaces and wood stoves. Without annual maintenance, your chimney or fireplace can become a fire hazard.
Fireplaces are composed of several parts. The portion in which you burn wood is called the firebox (or burn chamber) which is specially designed to withstand the heat of a continuously burning flame. The firebox is usually lined with bricks or panels to ensure it stays in good shape. (Interestingly, even wood stoves are lined with bricks.) These bricks are fire-rated refractory ones, as opposed to regular red-clay ones from the shelf of a home improvement store. 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. All of our chimney sweeps 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!
Types of Chimney Inspections We Offer
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognizes 3 levels of fireplace and chimney inspections. The following are brief descriptions of the different types of fireplace and chimney inspections 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. and 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.”
- Level II Chimney Inspection
- This is a more invasive inspection which requires the technician to inspect all accessible portions of the chimney, appliance and flue. 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.
- 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!
Chimney Repairs in the Greater Colorado Springs Area
While in your home, our technicians will evaluate and if necessary, recommend any small chimney repairs, fireplaces updates, and water-resistant compounds that will enhance the performance of the chimney or prevent rain from leaking in.
Chimneys come in all shapes and sizes and it is our mission to provide the highest quality feedback necessary to make your chimney and fireplace safe. Some common chimney repairs can include:
- The crown or top flue tile may need to be replaced.
- Possible missing mortar in the firebox around the refractory fire bricks.
- Tuck-pointing 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 to take a look.
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 light 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
Thousands of structure fires occur from defective or dirty dryer vents. The lint and debris blown out by your dryer every time you use the appliance is dried and often hot. If the lint combines with the high heat of the electrical element, together it 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 dryer) 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
Gas fireplaces are also 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 safety related items that need to be inspected for gas fireplaces. This 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
We Fix Leaky Chimneys
A common chimney repair for our technicians is providing water protection on the exterior surfaces of the fireplace or chimney. Our stock of water-resistant coatings can be applied on moist surfaces and up to 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 the answer to any leaky chimney. If your leaky chimney needs a repair, call our friendly staff and schedule a service call for a Midtown Chimney Sweeps technician today!
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!
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