Washington is known for rainfall. Our “Emerald City” known as Bellevue receives an average of 35” of rainfall every year, and it’s a wonder we can get anything done outside. On those rainy days, many of us seek the comfort of our fireplaces. In order to take care of the maintenance associated with your fireplace, call on the experts at Midtown Chimney Sweeps in Bellevue, Washington.

Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning Needs in King County

Why is chimney cleaning important in the Bellevue and Redmond?

Regular cleaning of your chimney clears away the creosote (a potentially flammable substance), thereby lessening your risk of a chimney fire.

What are the chimney inspection regulations for this area?

Both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and fireplace manufacturers have regulations on maintaining your masonry fireplace, factory-built fireplace, wood stove, bio-fuel pellet stove, or gas fireplace. Masonry and factory-built fireplaces are recommended to be swept when the buildup of soot reaches 1/8”, while bio-fuel pellet stoves and wood stoves should be swept every year. Many manufacturers of stoves, fireplaces, and chimney liners will not honor the warranty of a product if it is not maintained according to the owner’s manual.

How often does a fireplace need cleaning?

Every year. The National Fire Protection Association’s Document 211 states, “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.” Have your fireplace checked annually no matter how often you use it. You want to make sure that it’s not only cleaned but also inspected for any damage.

How Midtown Chimney Sweeps in Bellevue Cleans Chimneys

Our Tools Are Among the Best in the Trade of Chimney Service

One tool we use is our German-made, HEPA, centrifugal-gravity, dust-extractor vacuum. It is a unique machine that removes debris in a single pass using triple filtration, while leaving the air particulate-free. It’s safe to use on hard surfaces as well as carpet and operates quietly. This device is unmatched by other vacuums in the industry.

Types of Inspections We Can Offer You

Level I inspections are adequate for most annual inspections. They involve a thorough visual inspection of the chimney or stove and the adjoining connector pipe. Level II inspections combine Level I with a live video scan of the interior of the chimney to look for build up, debris, and any damage. Level II is required by the NFPA 211 for realtors, property managers (when the ownership of the residence changes) and new homeowners.

Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond Dryer Vent Maintenance

Why is dryer vent cleaning important?

All kinds of debris (such as lint and pet hair) accumulate in the vent of your dryer after every use. This buildup of lint, combined with the high heat of electric elements, can start a fire if it’s not cleared away regularly.

How often should the dryer vent be cleaned?

The ventilation system for your clothes dryer should be cleaned once a year. The hook ups between the dryer and the vent, plus all the surrounding areas, should be inspected every 6 months to be sure there’s no damage. Dust or carbon monoxide can enter the flexible connector behind your dryer if it develops tiny holes. Midtown will ensure your connectors are in good shape and up to code with semi-rigid (or similar UL-listed) connectors.

With all the rain and indoor activities here in Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond, Washington, let the experts at Midtown Chimney Sweeps take care of your fireplace, stove, and dryer vent, so you can stay cozy and comfortable. We are proud to be the chimney sweeping and dryer vent cleaning business of choice in Bellevue & Seattle, WA.

We Proudly Serve These Washington Cities

We are proud to serve Bellevue, Kirkland, Clyde Hill, Medina, Redmond, Mercer Island, Beau Arts Village, Hurts Point, Newcastle, Coalfield, Klahanie, East Renton Highland, Sammamish, Union Hill-Novelty Hill, Fall City, and everything in between!