Mid-Valley Chimney Repair & Sweep LLC Is Certified, Experienced & Trusted By Cincinnati Residents
Well, then it sounds like the perfect time to light a fire in the fireplace, sit back, and enjoy some time indoors. Ensure your heating appliance is safe for use and ready to go every time you need it by working with our team of experts every step of the way. We’re certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and here to put you first!
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Why a CSIA Certification Matters
If you’ve done any research on chimney companies in the past, you’ve likely seen the CSIA logo floating around here and there. Why is this such an important certification for sweeps to obtain?
Well, the CSIA is highly esteemed throughout the United States, and it’s considered an industry leader when it comes to training and educating sweeps. Run by a board of volunteers (all of whom are chimney and fireplace experts), the CSIA focuses on empowering sweeps with the tools, knowledge, technology, and training necessary to better serve their customers season after season. In an industry where no certifications or specific licensing is required to open shop, organizations like these can make a huge difference in giving homeowners the peace of mind they deserve.
Long story short, sweeps that are certified with the CSIA have put in the time, work, and effort to improve their skills, and they’re required to sign a Code of Ethics, too, ensuring they always treat you and your home with high levels of respect and integrity. A CSIA-certified sweep is one that values high standards and cares enough to be as knowledgeable as possible. If you’re ready to work with our qualified crew, please reach out today!
About All of Our Credentials
At Mid-Valley, we’re not just CSIA-certified experts… We’re proud to hold certifications, memberships, and awards with a number of highly esteemed organizations in the industry. Homeowners throughout Cincinnati, Bucktown, Lincoln Court, Oakley, Prospect Hill, Mount Adams, Little Buck, Mount Auburn, Little Bethlehem, Newport, Kenton Hills, Mason, Madisonville, West Price Hill, Evanston, and more know they can rely on us!
Our crew is certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), members of Angi Leads, and winners of both the Super Service Award and the Home Advisor Award. We’re also accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and we maintain high ratings on various review sites.
So yes – here at Mid-Valley Chimney, we pride ourselves on maintaining the high values and personalized service of a family-owned business… but just because we offer the high level of care of a small business doesn’t mean we don’t have the qualifications and credentials of a bigger one. Working with us means getting the best of both worlds – techs that put you first with the tools and knowledge to back up everything they offer.
We Love What We Do & We Do What We Love
If you’re seeking quality care from a team that puts you first, we’re it. Turn to us for:
- Chimney Inspections
- Chimney Sweeping
- Chimney Repairs
- Masonry Repairs
- Chimney Rebuilds
- Chimney Relining
- Chimney Leak Repair
- Custom Chimney Caps
- Chase Covers
- Crown Rebuilds
- Fireplace Facelifts
- Stoves & Fireplace Products
We also can assist with your next dryer vent cleaning.
We’d be glad to drive out to your house on Queen City Avenue, Westwood Northern Boulevard, Montana Avenue, Fork Road, Harrison Avenue, Elberon Avenue, Guerley Road, Sunset Avenue, Bank Street, Kirby Avenue, North Bend Road, Hamilton Avenue, Seymour Avenue, Vine Street, Center Hill Avenue, Winton Road, Gray Road, Delta Avenue, Victory Parkway, Sycamore Street, Dorchester Avenue, or anywhere nearby, so reach out today.
Levels of Chimney Inspections: An Overview
Who doesn’t love a cozy fire on a chilly evening? The warmth and ambiance of a glowing fire is something that most people enjoy, especially here in Montgomery County where winter weather can get pretty harsh. But what happens if your chimney is unsafe to use? The better question is, how would you even know?
Lucky for you, Mid-Valley Chimney has you covered. Let’s dig into chimney systems and how we check them to keep you and your family safe. There are three different levels of inspections when it comes to chimneys. The level of inspection you’ll need depends on whether there have been changes to how it is used, changes to fuel type, change in ownership, or when a malfunction or damage has occurred.
- Level 1 Inspection: This is your bare bones minimum requirement when it comes to having your chimney inspected. During this type of inspection, a chimney technician will inspect parts of your chimney system that are readily accessible on the interior and exterior. These are acceptable inspections if your system hasn’t changed at all and you plan to use it as you have previously.
- Level 2 Inspection: A level 2 inspection is required whenever you’re making changes to your system like fuel type, design, flue, or material in the system. This is also the type of inspection that you need to have done any time a home with a chimney changes ownership. If your chimney has sustained any damage or if you’ve had a chimney fire, then you need this type of inspection done before you can use your system again. The difference between this level and level 1 is that special video equipment is used to help our technicians examine all components on the inside of the chimney, especially the flue liner and joints. A thorough inspection of the exterior is also done.
- Level 3 Inspection: With a level 3 inspection, you get everything that comes with a level 1 and 2, but this level involves removing necessary components like the chimney crown or even a structural wall, so the technicians can access all areas that need to be inspected. Typically, this level of inspection is done when there are suspicions of serious hazards or damage somewhere in your chimney system.
When Should I Schedule My Inspection?
Now that you know what to expect from an inspection, here are common signs that your chimney might need to have a professional overview.
- It’s been a year. First and foremost, if it’s been over a year since your last inspection, be sure to call us in. As mentioned countless times before, annual inspections are a must in this industry, and investing in this maintenance is the best way to ensure your system stays in tip-top shape for years to come.
- You can see cracks. Chimney crowns and masonry are always high up on your roof – out of sight and out of mind. But anytime you spot a crack in your structure, it should be repaired as quickly as possible. Cracks and damage will only worsen if they aren’t addressed promptly. Schedule an inspection, so we can determine what repairs you need.
- There are pools of water in your firebox. If you start to see pools of water gathering in your firebox, it’s a clear sign the water is getting into your chimney due to damaged components. The sooner we can find the root of the issue, the better!
- Your metal components are rusting. Rust is an indication of water damage. Schedule an inspection if you find rust on your chimney cap, chase covers, damper, etc.
- You’re noticing crumbling mortar joints. Are your mortar joints starting to crumble? That means water is getting into your chimney and causing damage.
- You spot major gaps and missing spots. If pieces of your chimney are falling off, it’s a huge red flag. It is a sign that your chimney isn’t structurally sound and could even pose a risk to anyone passing by. Call us out for an inspection, and we’ll determine the best course of action.
- You’re getting smoke in your space. Smoke billowing back into your living room is a clear-cut sign that blockages are clogging up your flue. Get us in to inspect it and remove any harmful materials like leaves, twigs, nesting materials, or creosote.
What Are The Benefits of Hiring a Certified Technician for Gas Fireplace Servicing?
Everyone loves a good DIY project. It helps save money, it gives you the opportunity to get your hands dirty while learning something new, and, in the end, you get a great sense of pride for completing it yourself. However, when it comes to messing with something as potentially hazardous as natural gas and propane, it is always recommended that you hire a certified chimney technician to handle servicing your gas fireplace. Here’s why:
- Safety: Remember that potentially hazardous natural gas and propane thing we just talked about? A certified chimney technician will take all the necessary precautions to ensure your gas fireplace is handled properly and that there are no leaks or other safety issues.
- Compliance With Regulations: Because of the extensive training a chimney technician has to undergo, they are knowledgeable about the various safety regulations and codes involving gas fireplaces.
- Optimal Performance: No one likes a fireplace that underperforms. Regular maintenance and servicing by someone who knows how to service all the parts and pieces helps keep your fireplace operating at its best and most efficient fuel mode.
- Warranty Preservation: Many gas fireplaces come with a manufacturer warranty that requires professional servicing to remain valid. Protect your investment!
- Troubleshooting & Repairs: It takes someone with proper knowledge and skill to diagnose and fix the problem. There may even be times you didn’t know there was a problem until your chimney technician points it out.
- Expert Knowledge & Advice: A certified chimney technician can offer valuable advice and recommendations regarding the operation, maintenance, and safety of your gas fireplace or gas insert. They are a much more reliable source than trying to google your way to a solution.
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Requesting an estimate is easier than ever thanks to our online form. Or, if you’d rather call, we’re happy with that, too! If you live in or close to Westwood, Corryville, Jacob Prince Homes, Latonia Terrace, West Chester, or College Hill, give us a holler at 513-727-0994 today.