Situated near Lake Michigan, Holland residents are familiar with frigid temperatures and plentiful snow during the winter. One of the best ways to warm yourself in those months is to get comfortable by the burning wood in your fireplace. At the same time, fireplaces and heating stoves require maintenance. Luckily, you have Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Holland, Michigan right in your neighborhood!

Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning Needs in Holland, Michigan

Why Is Chimney Cleaning Important?

As wood burns in a fireplace or heating stove, soot rises and then builds up in your flue. If the soot isn’t cleared away regularly, a chimney fire could happen. And that’s sure not a good thing!

What Regulations Are There for Chimney Inspections?

Customers should follow regulations set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Otherwise, the manufacturers behind a chimney, fireplace, or heating stove might refuse to honor the product’s warranty. For wood and bio-fuel pellet stoves, the recommendation is an annual sweep. Meanwhile, masonry fireplaces and factory-built fireplaces should be cleaned when the soot level reaches 1/8” thick on the inside walls of the chimney.

How Often Does a Fireplace Require Cleaning?

This excerpt from NFPA’s Document 211 gives the answer:

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.

Like NFPA, we at Midtown advise that you have your chimney and fireplace checked annually, regardless of how often you make use of them. Even if you rarely use your fireplace, it could suffer from other than an excess of soot, such as bent dampers, debris (such as leaves or nests) blocking the flue, or dysfunctional air shutters.

How Midtown Chimney Sweeps in Holland Cleans Chimneys

Our Methods Include Outstanding Equipment

One unique tool we use is the HEPA dust-extractor vacuum. This great machine is safe to use on both carpet and hard surfaces. It’s keeps the air clean while sucking away soot and ash using a triple-filtration system. Our German-made tool is quiet to operate and simply unmatched in the industry.

The Two Types of Inspections We Can Offer

A Level I inspection satisfies NFPA’s expectation for you have your chimney and fireplace checked annually. It’s a thorough check of the fireplace and the chimney’s lower section. A Level II inspection combines Level I with a live-video scan of the chimney all the way from bottom to top. During that inspection, Midtown technicians look for debris, buildup, and damage. Level II inspections are required by the NFPA’s Document 211 for new homeowners, in addition to property managers (when property ownership changes) and realtors.

Servicing the Dryer Vents of Holland

Why Is Dryer Vent Cleaning Important in Holland, Michigan?

Your dryer produces lint whenever you use the appliance to remove moisture from your clothes. The lint steadily accumulates in the dryer’s adjoining vent. If the material combines with the intense electrical heat, you will find yourself dealing with a horrific fire.

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 of Holland service your fireplace (or heating stove) and chimney so you can enjoy warmth away of the rain and snow. We aspire to be your Sweep for Life!

Proudly Serving These Michigan Cities

We enthusiastically service the chimneys and fireplaces of Holland, Beechwood, Filmore, Hamilton, Zeeland, Macatawa, Saugatuck, Douglas, Fennville, Bravo, Pullman, Overisel, Borculo, Burnips, and everything in between!