Out here in the Midwest, we face winters characterized by heavy snow and bitterly cold winds. We at Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Cedar Falls take pride in servicing our neighbors’ chimneys, fireplaces, and heating stoves. Our mission is to ensure that customers will safely warm themselves as they snuggle beside their fireplaces during the winter months. We have the expertise, equipment, and experience that you’re looking for!

Chimney Sweeps at Work in Cedar Falls, Iowa

How does chimney cleaning benefit homeowners?

As wood burns in your fireplace or heating stove, creosote (normally referred to as “soot”) gathers along the inside of your chimney. If too much of that carbon-based substance builds up, a chimney fire could happen. Needless to say, chimney fires aren’t safe, and they can result in structural damage costing thousands of dollars.

What are the chimney inspection regulations for Iowa residents?

The National Fireplace Protection Association (NFPA) and fireplace/stove manufacturers have established regulations about which Midtown sweeps gladly inform homeowners. Per the NFPA’s code, masonry fireplaces and factory-built fireplaces ought to be swept when the soot’s thickness reaches 1/8”. Meanwhile, bio-fuel pellet and wood stoves should be swept once every year. When consumers don’t honor those regulations, the manufacturers behind fireplaces and stoves usually won’t honor warranties.

How often does a fireplace or chimney need to be cleaned?

The answer is yearly, regardless of how often you use your fireplace or where you live in the United States. According to Code 211 of the NFPA,

“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.”

Even if you hardly use your fireplace at all, you should at least make sure that it hasn’t fallen into disrepair.

How Midtown Chimney Sweeps in Cedar Falls, Iowa Cleans Chimneys

Our Tools Are Among the Best In the Trade of Chimneys

Safe to use on both hard surfaces and carpet, our HEPA centrifugal gravity dust-extractor vacuum can remove soot and ash in a single pass while leaving the air clean. Our quiet, triple-filtration vacuum is made in Germany and unmatched in the industry. We are proud of our vacuum and look forward to showing it to you!

Types of Chimney Inspections

Your annual inspection is most often a Level I inspection- a thorough visual scan over the external parts of the fireplace. Level II is required for new homeowners, property managers when property changes ownership, and realtors. This is a combination of an eye scan and a live video scan to inspect for damage or debris inside the chimney.

Cedar Falls’s Dryer Vent Maintenance Service of Choice

Why is dryer vent cleaning important?

Lots of debris, such as lint and pet hair, are blown out of your dryer into the dryer vent every time you use the clothes dryer. This accumulation of lint combined with high heat electric elements can cause a fire if not cleaned out regularly.

How often should the dryer vent be cleaned in Cedar Falls, Iowa?

Your dryer vent should be cleaned once a year. The area surrounding the vent and all the hook ups should be visually inspected for damage every 6 months. Tiny holes may develop in the flexible connector behind the dryer causing dust or monoxide to enter the residence. Plastic flexible connectors are not code and must be replaced with semi-rigid aluminum or similar type of UL-Listed product.

Let the experts at Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Cedar Falls keep your wood-burning fireplace, gas-burning fireplace, wood-burning stove, pellet stove, or dryer vent in safe and reliable shape!

Proudly Serving These Iowa Cities

We’re enthusiastic about providing our expertise and service to Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Janesville, Finchford, Denver, Shell Rock, Waverly, Artesian, Clarksville, Ionia, Nashua, and Plainfield!