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Check Out Our Service Area - Clarklake MI - Clean Sweeps of MichiganWe know that finding an honest, reputable chimney sweep can prove to be more difficult than a Google search or even hiring the first person that comes to your door. At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, we are proud to live in the same communities we serve, and we love providing our customers with the highest quality chimney care, dryer vent care, and air duct care.

About us

Clean Sweeps of Michigan was founded in 1980 by a Clarklake fireman. We have always been dedicated to provide our friends and neighbors with the highest quality chimney, fireplace, air duct, and dryer vent services since we’ve begun. Because we live in the same communities we serve, our technicians understand the unique needs and issues that come with fireplace systems in mid-Michigan and the surrounding areas.

One of the ways we ensure our customers are receiving the best services possible is by having (Chimney Safety Institute of America) CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. In addition to this professional certification, we only employ master masons, who are members of professional organizations, such as the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and they also serve as speakers for the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Our service area

Mid-Michigan, northern Ohio, and northern Indiana are known for cold and harsh winters. Because of this reason, many homeowners rely on fireplaces and chimneys to keep warm and comfortable when the cold strikes.

We are located in Clarklake, Michigan, and we offer a wide service area covering much of mid-Michigan, northern Ohio, and northern Indiana. Our service area extends as far as Toledo in the east, Elkhart in the west, Lansing in the north, and Fort Wayne in the south. Our service area includes:

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Adrian, MI
  • Chelsea, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Saline, MI
  • Ypsilanti, MI
  • Defiance County, Ohio
  • Fulton County, Ohio
  • Williams County, Ohio
  • Allen County, Indiana
  • Dekalb County, Indiana
  • Elkhart County, Indiana
  • Kosciusko County, Indiana
  • Lagrange County, Indiana
  • Noble County, Indiana
  • Steuben County, Indiana
  • Whitley County, Indiana

Our chimney services

With CSIA-certified chimney sweeps, master masons, and even certified Heat Shield installers, we are able to do much more than just sweeping your chimney! We offer our customers a variety of quality chimney services, from caring for the top of the flue all the way to the bottom of the firebox – and even everything in between. Our fireplace and chimney services include:

  • Chimney Sweeping/Cleaning
  • Chimney Inspections
  • Chimney Masonry Repairs
  • New Chimney Constructions
  • Chimney Relining

Other services

We care for more than just your chimneys and fireplaces! Dryer vent cleaning is a good way to extend the life of your dryer and help reduce the chance of a dryer-related fire. If your dryer is not running efficiently or is experiencing problems, have the vents cleaned before heading to the appliance store!

Contact us today!

Whether your fireplace needs to be repaired, your dryer vents are clogged, or your air ducts need to be cleaned, Clean Sweeps of Michigan can handle it all. Contact us today to speak with one of our dedicated professionals and schedule your next service!

How To Use The Ashes You’ve Accumulated All Season

After a long winter of using a wood burning fireplace, many homeowners are left with large amounts of ashes. If your family burns a full cord of wood, you could produce as much as 50 pounds of ashes over the course of the winter.

While most homeowners just throw their ashes away, there are a number of alternate uses for ashes – particularly in the springtime. The following are just a few of the ways that ashes can be used both inside and outside your home this spring. What to Do With Your Ashes Image - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of Michigan

1. Block garden pests. Slugs and snails are naturally repelled by ashes; sprinkling ashes around the border of a garden or flower bed can create a natural barrier for these pests.

2. De-skunk pets. Wild animals are more prevalent during the spring than during other times of the year; because of this, household dogs and cats may have an unfortunate run-in with a skunk. Instead of running to the store to buy cans of tomato juice, use fireplace ashes instead. Rubbing ashes into a pet’s fur can help quickly eliminate offensive odors from an accidental skunk spray.

3. Control pond algae. If you have a fountain, pond, or other water feature at your home, it can be difficult to control pond algae without the use of harsh chemicals. Adding 1 tablespoon of fireplace ashes per 1,000 gallons of water can create enough potassium to allow water plants to compete against algae growth.

4. Add alkalinity to lawns. Fireplace ashes are naturally alkaline; this makes them an ideal natural additive to change the pH of soil. Adding a small amount of ashes to lawns or potting soil is all that is needed to change the alkalinity.

5. Make your own soap. Ashes can be used as an unexpected ingredient when making either soap or candles. Begin by soaking ashes, which can turn them into lye; this can then be mixed with fats and fragrances and boiled to produce candles and soap.

6. Absorb paint. If you’re painting outside, don’t let splatters permanently stain your cement. Mix ashes into wet paint spots on the pavement; the ash and paint will blend together and prevent staining.

Storing ashes

Whether you’re waiting to use your ashes for a household project or are simply storing them before putting them out with the trash, it is important that fireplace ashes are correctly stored. Even if they are destined for the trash, ashes should be stored in an ash-specific metal container for several days; because wood ashes retain enough heat to ignite other combustible materials for several days, they should never be placed with regular waste to prevent trash or dumpster fires.

Ash containers should sit off of the floor, have a long handle, and a tight-fitting lid. Likewise, ashes should not be stored in an area around other combustible materials; keep ash containers away from woodpiles, garages, sheds, and other buildings to reduce the risk of accidental fire.

This year, don’t throw all your ashes away with the rest of the trash. Instead, try one or more of these alternate uses for the ashes you’ve accumulated all season. For more information about how to properly store or dispose of fireplace ashes, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today.

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