Considered the gate to North Carolina, Greensboro is a growing city with affordable living, an expanding job market, and all four seasons to experience!
Midtown Chimney Sweeps of Greensboro is here for those chilly winter nights, making sure your chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent is functioning safely and efficiently. From cleaning chimneys and inspecting flues to new fireplace installations, Midtown Chimney is here to help!
Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning Needs in Greater Greensboro, North Carolina
Why Is Chimney Cleaning Important?
The biggest reason for chimney cleaning is a safety one. Clearing away the creosote build-up yearly is important as creosote accumulates after each burn. Annual chimney cleaning remove this and drastically reduces the chance of a chimney fire.
What are the statistics for Home Fires?
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Home Heating Fires News and Research, January 2021 shows:
“Heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes…The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (25%) was failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.”
What Are the Chimney Inspection Regulations?
The NFPA 211 indicates:
“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 seldom use your fireplace, an annual inspection can help prevent serious damage if your fireplace has fallen into disrepair.
Checking if your Fireplace Needs to be Cleaned.
You are able to check for signs your fireplace is ready for cleaning. Take a flashlight and look up into your chimney. Opening the damper you will be able to see up towards the first flue tile. Examine to see if you have an ⅛” buildup or more of black soft soot. If you see a glassy or tar-like substance anywhere in the unit, this is a sign your chimney needs critical care. This is showing second or third stage creosote and chemical agents will be required to remove to prevent the flammable material from building more and causing a fire.
How Midtown Chimney Sweeps Cleans Chimneys in Greater Greensboro, NC
Use of the Best Tools in the Hearth Industry Trade
Our HEPA dust-extractor vacuum is safe to use on both carpet and hard surfaces. It sucks away dust and debris in a single pass using triple-filtration, leaving the air particulate-free. And of course, our bristled brushes which we use to remove soot particles up through the smoke chamber.
Certified and Insured Professionals Cleaning Your Chimney
All our technicians are CCP-certified (Certified Chimney Professionals, a national credential for chimney sweeps) and are required to carry both business automotive and general liability insurance. We choose only workers who can uphold the highest degree of professionalism and courtesy. You will receive an inspection report after your appointment which details what was completed and our diagnosis, if any.
Types of Fireplace Inspections
The two levels of inspections are as follows: Level 1 is a thorough visual scan of the external parts of the stove or fireplace, which satisfies the annual regulation inspection. Level 2, combines the external inspection with a live-video scan of interiors. Our technician will use the video feed to look for damage and debris buildup inside the chimney. Level 2 inspections are required for property managers, realtors, and new homeowners by the NFPA 211 standard.
Dryer Vent Maintenance in Greensboro, North Carolina
Why Is Dryer Vent Cleaning Important?
Unfortunately, it is possible for debris (such as lint and pet hair) to accumulate in your clothes dryer vent. The accumulation of debris and the high electrical heat can cause a fire. It also makes your dryer more efficient when cleaned regularly.
When Should your Dryer Vent be Cleaned?
Well, with the same frequency as other states- annually!
Once a year is typically sufficient for cleaning the dryer vent, but the area around the vent should be checked every 6 months to be sure there’s no damage to the flex connector. Very small holes can form in the flexible connector (which is behind the dryer) and cause dust or carbon monoxide to leak in. Additionally, many homes have outdated plastic flexible connectors that are not up to code.
For all your chimney sweeping and dryer vent cleaning needs, choose Midtown Chimney Sweeps right here in Greensboro, North Carolina. We will make sure that your wood or gas-burning fireplace, wood or pellet-burning stove, or clothes dryer vent is in tip-top shape.