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The holiday season may have ended, but there is still time to take advantage of deals for your fireplace and chimney! At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, we offer a full range of fireplace and chimney services to help our customers care for their heating appliances and safely enjoy them for years to come!

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Clean Sweeps of Michigan has been caring for the fireplaces and chimneys of our neighbors in mid-Michigan, northern Ohio, and northern Indiana for almost 40 years. Our years in business have given us the knowledge and experience to care for all of your heating system needs. Our services include:

  • regular annual maintenance,
  • help troubleshoot an ongoing performance problem,
  • restoration of an aging historic chimney.

While we may be best known as chimney sweeps, we can care for your dryer vents too! Dryer vent cleaning significantly reduces your risk of dryer fire as well as keeps your dryer operating efficiently. In fact, dryer vent cleaning can help eliminate some dryer performance problems such as long dry cycles or clothes with musty or damp smells!

How often should my chimney be swept?

Many homeowners believe their chimneys do not need to be swept every year, especially if they are used infrequently. However, according to National Fire Protection Association, “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.”

Annual maintenance, even with fireplaces that are rarely used, ensures:

  • there are no changes to the chimney,
  • that no unseen damage has occurred,
  • and that are no other issues that could make the fireplace unsafe to use.

Likewise, the more you use your fireplace the more it may need to be cleaned; if your home has a fireplace or stove as a primary heating source, it may need to be swept more than once per year.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends fireplaces be swept anytime there is a buildup of 1/8th of an inch of more of soot or ash in the flue. This amount of buildup typically occurs after burning one full cord of wood in normal conditions. If you burn more than a cord of wood in a single fireplace during a burning season, a mid-season chimney sweeping can lower the risk of an accidental chimney fire. It can keep your fireplace or stove burning efficiently for the rest of the winter.

Start the new year off right – schedule your annual maintenance now!

Regular chimney sweepings and inspections are an important part of keeping your fireplace system in good working condition. One of the best ways to help your fireplace burn safely and efficiently is through yearly maintenance; this helps ensure your fireplace and chimney are free from buildup, damage, or deterioration.

The holidays may be over, but our deals are still here! Take advantage of our holiday sales by scheduling your next chimney or fireplace maintenance now. Contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today to schedule your next chimney appointment!

Dryer Vent Cleaning

For most of us, dryer maintenance begins and ends with emptying the lint trap after every load. However, your dryer may be in need of a vent cleaning in order to run more safely and efficiently. Dryer Vent Cleaning IMG- Ann Arbor MI- Clean Sweeps of Michigan

The danger of clogged dryer vents

Clogged dryer vents can do more than just cost you money on your electric bill or lead to longer drying cycles; clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of dryer fires. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, clogged dryer vents cause more than 15,000 house fires each year. Thankfully, many dryer fires can be prevented through good dryer vent maintenance.

Benefits of cleaning your dryer vents

There are a number of benefits to having your dryer vents cleaned each year. Not only do clean dryer vents drastically reduce your chance of dryer fire, but it can also help your dryer run more efficiently and save on energy costs. The following are the top three reasons to have your dryer vents cleaned.

  1. Prevent dryer fires. The same flammable lint that gets caught in the lint trap after every load can also accumulate in your dryer vents. Over time this can constrict the air flow through the dryer vents, causing the dryer to produce hotter and hotter air in an effort to dry the clothes. This supercharged air then ignites the lint, causing fires that can quickly spread to other areas of the home.
  2. Improve efficiency. When dryer vents are clogged it can impact dryer efficiency; this is especially true of newer, high efficiency machines. Taking longer than one cycle to dry a load of clothes is one example of how efficiency is impacted. Many homeowners are surprised to learn they don’t need a new dryer – they just need their dryer vents cleaned!
  3. Save energy. Clogged dryer vents cause the dryer to work harder each cycle to dry clothes. When dryer vents are regularly cleaned, the dryer is able to run more efficiently; after having their dryer vents cleaned, most homeowners notice a drop in the energy cost of operating their dryer each month!

Signs your dryer vents need to be cleaned

The average family needs to have their dryer vents cleaned at least once per year; however, depending on how often your dryer is used, your vents may need to be cleaned as often as every six to nine months. The following are a few signs your dryer vents need to be cleaned.

  • Clothes take more than one cycle to dry
  • A normal load of clothes takes longer than 45 minutes to dry
  • More and more lint begins accumulating in the lint trap after each load
  • Clothes are too hot to touch after coming out of the dryer
  • The laundry room is excessively hot after running the dryer
  • Clothes or the dryer have a damp, musty odor

Despite being one of the most frequently used appliances in our homes, many of us rarely have our dryers serviced. Having your dryer vents cleaned is an important way to improve the safety and efficiency of your dryer – while saving you money on your energy bill. To schedule your next dryer vent cleaning, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today!

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