The Midtown Chimney Sweepers of Waterloo, Iowa are your local source for chimney cleaning and fireplace cleaning. A fireplace sweep and inspection is recommended annually because of the ongoing damaging nature of a solid fuel-burning fire.

Chimney Sweeping in the Heartland of America

In the heartland of America, we deal with extreme conditions during summer and winter. During the winter, many bitter, blowing, cold, snowy nights happen. One of the best ways to warm yourself in those frigid months is to snuggle up beside the fireplace. But we shouldn’t ignore that fireplaces and wood-burning stoves do need maintenance. Luckily, you have Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Waterloo right in our community!

We’ll Take Care of Your Fireplace and Chimney

Why does chimney cleaning matter so much?

When you burn wood in your fireplace, a substance known as creosote (or “soot”) collects along the inside walls of the chimney or stove. If too much of this flammable substance builds up, a chimney fire could erupt.

What are the regulations for chimney inspections?

We at Midtown feel privileged to inform homeowners about regulations that have been established by both the National Fireplace Protection Association (NFPA) and the manufacturer of your fireplace or stove. Said regulations expect for masonry fireplaces and factory-built fireplaces to be swept when the buildup of soot reaches 1/8 of an inch, while bio-fuel pellet and wood stoves should be swept every year. Manufacturers normally won’t honor warranties unless those regulations are followed.

How often does a fireplace need to undergo inspection and cleaning?

No matter how often you use your fireplace, the answer is yearly. As stated in the NFPA’s Code 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.”

Even if you use you warm up your fireplace infrequently, it will undergo wear and tear over time. This is another reason to make sure that your fireplace and chimney are safe to use.

How Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Waterloo Cleans Chimneys

Our Tools Are Among the Best In the Trade of Chimney Professionals

Safe to use on both carpet and hard surfaces, our HEPA dust-extractor vacuum can remove soot in a single pass while leaving the air clean. Our quiet, triple-filtration vacuum is made in Germany and has no equal in the hearth industry. We always enjoy showing our vacuum to clients!

Types of Inspections We Can Perform

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 a visual scan and a live video scan to inspect for damage or debris inside the chimney.

Waterloo, Iowa Dryer Vent Maintenance

Why is dryer vent cleaning important? 

Whenever you operate your dryer, it releases debris (such as lint and pet hair) that accumulates in an adjoining vent. This gathering of material, combined with intense heat from electric energy, can cause a fire. Ensure both your safety and that of your home by arranging to have the debris regularly cleared out.

How often should a dryer vent be cleaned?

Your dryer vent should be cleaned once a year. The area surrounding the vent and all the hook-ups should be inspected for damage every 6 months. The flexible connector behind your dryer may develop tiny holes that allow dust and carbon monoxide to enter. Plastic flexible connectors fall short of code regulations and must be replaced with connects made of semi-rigid aluminum or a similar type of UL-listed material.

Proudly Serving These Iowa Cities

Waterloo, Iowa undergoes its share of cold temperatures every winter. Let the experts at Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Waterloo keep your gas-burning fireplace, wood-burning fireplace, pellet stove, wood-burning stove, and dryer vent in excellent shape.

We gladly perform our services in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, Independence, Gilbertville, La Porte City, Shady Grove, Mt. Auburn, Brandon, Jesup, Otterville, Doris, Walker, Rowley, Winthrop, Littleton, Troy Mills, Quasqueton, Walker, and more!