Denver is known as the Mile High City, and while this location does not always boast a lot of snow, the winter can bring cold temperatures and indoor activities. One of the best is curling up in front of the fireplace! When it comes to caring for your fireplace, let the experts at Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Denver handle the job. By the way, go Broncos!

Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning Needs in Denver, Colorado

Why is chimney cleaning important?

It is important because a substance known as creosote builds up in the chimney or flue of a fireplace or stove. This substance is  flammable, and if not cleaned out regularly, soot and creosote can provide the fuel required to support a fire in the flue.

What are the chimney inspection regulations in Denver, CO?

Fireplace manufacturers and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have different regulations depending on what type of fireplace or stove you own. It’s recommended that factory-built fireplaces and masonry fireplaces get inspected annually and swept out when the buildup of soot reaches 1/8”. Bio-fuel pellet and wood stoves, on the other hand, should be swept and inspected every year. The warranty on your fireplace or stove may be voided if these regular chimney cleanings are not strictly followed.

How often does a fireplace need to be cleaned?

According to the National Fire Protection Association Document 211, “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.” It is recommended to have your chimney or wood-burning stove inspected annually. Even if you only use your fireplace a few times a year, things such as rain and freezing conditions can damage the chimney, flue, or damper, resulting in poor performance.

How Midtown Sweeps Chimneys in Denver, Colorado

Our Tools Are Among the Best in the Trade

One tool we use is our HEPA centrifugal gravity dust extractor vacuum. It is a unique machine that removes debris in a single pass, while leaving the air particulate-free. It’s quiet and features a triple-filtration vacuum design which is unmatched in the industry. Lastly, it’s safe to use on hard surfaces as well as carpet.

Types of Inspections

There are three levels of chimney inspections recognized by the NFPA 211, but only two are widely performed. The two levels are as follows: Level I is a thorough visual scan of the exterior of the fireplace. This is most often adequate for annual inspections. Level II is a visual scan and a live video scan of the interior of the chimney. This is done to look for damage or debris. It is required for realtors, property managers, and new homeowners as ownership changes.

Chimney Repair in Greater Denver, Colorado 

Fireplaces are subject to high heat, condensing of moisture up the flue, and the wind and rain and freezing temperatures in the top of the chimney. Our old housing stock in the greater Denver, Colorado area is aging and the chimneys are frequently in need of significant repair work. Bricks may be loose, and the section of the chimney above the roof line may be curved with age and shifting foundations of the home below. Chimney caps may be missing, and even greater dangers within un-inspected flues. That is why we carry a live-scan video camera and buckets of mortar and are prepared to offer you simple to medium level repairs. Our certified technicians can not only inspect, but fix basic masonry issues like tuckpointing, and even measure, size, and install full length stainless steel chimney liners or offer a slipcast system called Heatshield to repair defective flue tiles.

We are proud to serve Denver, Lakewood, Edgewater, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Capitol Hill, Washington Park, Park Hill, LoDo, Westminster, Five Points, Park Hill, Lowry, Stapleton, Berkley, Baker, Edgewater, and Wheat Ridge!

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