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  • Check Your Fireplace and Chimney for These Common Problems after the Heating Season

    Check Your Fireplace and Chimney for These Common Problems after the Heating Season

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    The air begins to warm, and the smells and sounds of spring are starting to appear. But before we say goodbye to our fireplaces until next winter, here are some things to check:

    Clean and Remove Unused Firewood

    Carefully remove any ashes sitting in the firebox, using a broom or a shop vac designed to handle substances like ashes. Also, remove, or simply burn, any left-over firewood sitting in the firebox. Storing firewood in the firebox during the warmer months could potentially attract unwanted pests. Of course, there is no substitute for a professional chimney sweep, so call the experts at Lindemann Chimney to be sure your fireplace has a thorough cleaning at the end of fireplace season.

    Check for Leaks

    Leaks in the chimney allow moisture inside and can lead to mold growth. If you don’t use the room with the fireplace that often, or keep the doors closed, it may be weeks or months before you notice the mold. Spring and summer bring plenty of rain to Chicagoland, so be sure you, or a fireplace professional, check the tall flue of the chimney for any leaks.

    Close the Damper

    While your fireplace is in use, it’s necessary for the damper on the chimney to be open to allow smoke to rise and blow out of the house. However, if the fireplace won’t be used for months, consider closing the damper to keep cold air in and warm air out. Depending on the type, the damper can usually be closed with a lever or pull chain.

    Check for Damage

    The brick or lining of the chimney can become damaged or corroded over time. The easiest place to look for damage is the firebox. If you notice deterioration or crumbling of the bricks, it may be time to get your chimney repaired.

    Turn off the Pilot Light

    If you have a gas fireplace, turn off the pilot light for the months the fireplace is not in use. Not only will you save on your energy bill, but it’s also environmentally friendly to not burn gas unnecessarily.

    As warmer months are on the horizon, we bid farewell to our fireplaces for the season. A surefire way to ensure your fireplace is properly closed down is by calling the experts at Lindemann Chimney & Fireplace to perform a full inspection, so your fireplace is ready to use next season.

    With heating season slowly coming to an end it might be time to start thinking about contacting us for a chimney inspection. Don’t wait!

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