The winters are grey and cold along the Lake Superior shoreline. Burning wood is a terrific way to keep your home warm and snug when the temperatures fall below freezing. We all love our fireplaces, but many of us don’t think much about them. That’s a shame, considering that chimney sweeping should be on our minds as part of our yearly fireplace maintenance plan. If you want to keep your fireplace and home safe, you need professional care from Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Duluth, Minnesota!
Duluth’s Fireplace Cleaning Service of Choice
Chimneys and fireplaces both consist of parts that should be regularly inspected and cleaned. The inside of your fireplace is known as the firebox (or “burn chamber”), which is designed to handle the high heat of continuously burning flames. The flue is the passage within your chimney that allows the smoke and soot to rise into the outdoors. The firebox and the flue are the portions that we inspect and sweep for you.
Just like any other part of the home, a chimney can break down over time. Chimney tops (also known as “chimney crowns”) crack, dampers bend, and soot (or “creosote”) can build up in your chimney. The last issue can be particularly concerning because soot is highly combustible; if nobody removes that substance, it can be ignited and thereby start a chimney fire.
Greater Duluth, Minnesota Chimney Repair
When a chimney needs tuck-pointing or masonry repair, you need to call your local Duluth chimney maintenance company, Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Repairmen of Duluth, MN. We have years of experience and many resources to help you carry out brick fireplace and chimney repair. When using your fireplace for heat or ambiance, your chimney will need annual inspections.
How Often Should a Chimney Be Inspected in Minnesota?
Over a season of regular fires, this build-up of soot or creosote will start to choke the chimney. This reduces airflow, which makes for less enjoyable fires and, worse, increases the risk of chimney fires. That’s why the National Fire Protection Associations recommends regular inspections and sweepings from certified professionals, like those at Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Duluth, MN.
Duluth Fireplace and Chimney Inspections
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognizes 3 levels of fireplace and chimney inspections. The three inspection levels increase in their thoroughness as the numbers increase. (Level II inspections are more involved than a Level I inspection, and Level III is more involved than a Level II chimney inspection.) The following are brief descriptions of the different types of fireplace and chimney inspections that all certified Chimney Professionals offer.
- Level I Chimney Inspection. This is the routine inspection that a Midtown Chimney Sweeps technician performs whenever he sweeps your chimney. Level 1 inspections satisfy the annual inspection requirement per NFPA 14.2.
- Level II Chimney Inspection. This is a more invasive inspection that requires the technician to inspect all accessible portions of the chimney, appliance, and flue. It’s required for all real estate professionals and property managers who are managing a home sale or transaction. A Level II Inspection should be arranged when a residence changes ownership, the fuel type changes, or structural damage has occurred to the home.
- Level III Chimney Inspection. This is the most meticulous chimney inspection recognized by the NFPA 211. It does mean the removal of bricks, drywall, and other building components in order to allow the fireplace inspector to see the areas that need inspection. Let’s start with a Level I chimney inspection and see if you need anything more than that!
Why use Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Dryer Vent Cleaning of Duluth, Minnesota?
Our technicians, who are Certified Chimney Professionals™, will start by carefully inspecting your fireplace, looking for common and uncommon problems that can develop across masonry fireplaces, wood stoves, wood-pellet stoves, factory-built fireplaces, and gas fireplaces.
After examining everything, they’ll recommend the services your home needs, from basic repairs to a full sweep. If your chimney does need cleaning, then get ready to see what a modern sweep can do!
We combine an expert knowledge of chimney and fireplaces with a modern sweeping system and commitment to world-class customer service. The result is chimney sweeping that can’t be surpassed!
Our chimney cleanings can quickly and effectively remove even the thickest soot. Best of all, thanks to our HEPA centrifugal-gravity vacuum, we can do it with little mess.
Reviews for Chimney Sweeps in Duluth, MN
Customer reviews for our Duluth chimney sweeping and dryer vent cleaning business mean a lot to us. That is why we send a survey to each customer’s email address after each job we do. The great feedback that we receive from customers through Yelp and Google Reviews will tell the story as well. We always ask for responses and are proud of our positive reviews from our fabulous customers!
Gas Fireplace Service Near Lake Superior, Duluth, MN
Did you know? Gas fireplaces require annual inspections, per the manufacturer’s instructions! The inside of a gas fireplace or gas heating stove chimney does not build up with black soot like a wood-burning fireplace or a wood stove does. However, there are still many safety related items that should be inspected annually on gas fireplaces and that is where Midtown Chimney Sweeps come in!
Dryer Vent Cleaning in Saint Louis County, Duluth, Minnesota
Midtown Dryer Vent Cleaning is proud to offer world-class dryer vent cleaning. Our technicians can also clean out dryer vents that, over time, get clogged up with lint and debris from normal use of a clothes dryer. That might not sound like a big problem, but clogged lines shorten the life of dryer and can cause rising operating temperatures in the dryer itself. In that case, you will have a fire hazard on your hands.
To schedule your Duluth chimney sweeping or dryer vent cleaning, call Midtown’s friendly Scheduling Center today!
Proudly Serving These Minnesota Cities
We gladly deliver our services and expertise to Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Cloquet, Esko, Barnum, Moose Lake, Floodwood, Two Harbors, Castle Danger, Gowan, Brookston, Cromwell, Silver Bay, Isabella, Schroeder, Tofte, Lutsen, Grand Marais, and everything in between!