Those of who call Grand Rapids home receive the full variety of seasons. During winter, they treasure their fireplaces as sources of heat and ambiance. But all must recognize that fireplaces and wood-burning stoves demand regular care and attention. Fortunately, residents such as you have Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Dryer Vent Cleaning available and ready to assist!
Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Why is chimney sweeping important?
Chimney sweeping began more than two centuries ago, but it remains valuable to anyone who owns and uses a fireplace. The reason is that flues gather creosote (also named soot) as wood burns underneath them. If you don’t get that substance removed regularly, you will be in danger of having a chimney fire. Avoid the risk by calling to have a chimney sweep clear the inside of your flue.
What are the chimney inspection regulations?
Before honoring warranties, most manufacturers require consumers to follow regulations set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). For stoves that run on wood or bio-fuel pellets, the NFPA recommends an annual sweep. As for masonry fireplaces and factory-built fireplaces, the association expects those to be cleaned when the soot level becomes 1/8 of an inch thick on the chimney’s inside walls.
How often should you get your fireplace cleaned?
The answer is found in this excerpt from 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.
It’s advised that you have your fireplace and chimney checked annually, even if you rarely use them. Besides having the soot removed from your chimney, your responsibilities include making sure that there aren’t any issues such as broken dampers, debris blocking the flue, or faulty air shutters.
How Midtown Cleans Chimneys in Grand Rapids
Our Equipment Is the Best in the Chimney Trade
The methods of our sweeps include a unique tool – the HEPA, centrifugal-gravity, dust-extracting vacuum. This astounding machine is safe to use on both carpets and hard surfaces. It keeps the air clean while sucking away soot and ash with a triple-filtration system. Our German-made tool operates quietly and is without equal in the chimney sweeping industry.
Our technicians are Certified Chimney Professionals™. As such, we hold them to high standards of professionalism and courtesy. Plus, we make sure that they’re prepared with both business automotive insurance and general liability insurance. We provide you with a customer service questionnaire after each job so that we can receive your comments and feedback.
Types of Inspections We Can Offer
The first level, Level I, satisfies the annual inspection. It is a thorough visual scan of the external parts of the fireplace. Level II is a combination of Level I and a live video scan of the internal parts to check for debris, build up, and damage. This is required by the NFPA 211 for new homeowners as well as property managers (when property ownership changes) and realtors.
Maintenance for the Dryer Vents of Grand Rapids
Why is dryer vent cleaning important in Grand Rapids, Michigan?
The debris blown out by your dryer every time you use the clothes dryer is dry and hot. If the electrical heat ignites the lint, you will have a fire that could lead to property damage costing thousands of dollars. I guess that universal truth isn’t unique to Grand Rapids.
How often should the dryer vent be cleaned?
Your dryer’s ventilation should be cleaned out once a year. The area surrounding the vent should be inspected every 6 months to be sure there’s no damage. 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 a similar type of UL Listed product.
Let the experts at Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Dryer Vent Cleaning of Grand Rapids service your fireplace, chimney, or wood stove so you can enjoy the warmth and comfort. We wish to be your Sweep for Life!
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