We were having a leakage issue in our basement that was due to moisture in our chimney. The frigid Chicago weather has caused quite a havoc this winter. Lindemann was able to diagnose the problem and ... - Steve M. (Chicago, IL)
My experience with Lindemann was excellent. They came out and did what no one else could. Mine was a smoke issue. After having a fire the entire house would smell of smoke. I could have hung pork bell... - Frank F. (Mount Prospect, IL)
These guys are great! We had our chimney inspected/cleaned by Jim who was extremely knowledgeable and super nice! Definitely recommend these guys! And free wood with the chimney cleaning! Super! ... - Steve S. (Chicago, IL)
“I rarely use my fireplace, so it only needs cleaning every few years or so.” That’s one of the biggest misconceptions out there concerning chimneys. There can be dire consequences for waiting too long between inspections, and here are just a few of the things that might happen.
Most chimney problems start out as something small and then progress to become bigger issues. The odds that you will discover a chimney defect on your own is relatively small. Most chimney damage is first discovered during a routine inspection. If you have annual service, the odds that you will catch something before it becomes a bigger (and more expensive) repair is much greater.
By putting off a chimney inspection, you greatly increase your risk of a fire. You may not think your chimney is dirty, but it may nonetheless be clogged with debris, animal nests, or even creosote. Trust us, you do not want to discover a clog the hard way. It’s better to find out about it before you have a fire, not afterwards.
A chimney cleaning will significantly reduce the odds of a fire, but it will not completely eliminate the danger. In the unfortunate event you do still suffer a fire, proving diligence will become very important. Your insurance company may ask for proof of a recent cleaning before paying out any claims. If you are a landlord, you could be liable for your tenants’ injuries or personal property damage as well.
Regular cleanings and inspections keep your fireplace operating at peak efficiency. During an inspection, a technician will ensure the following are in top condition:
If any of these things are defective, you may notice a loss in efficiency or have other problems such as smoke permeating out into your room. A poorly-working fireplace can be messy and hardly worth the trouble to operate. As a result, you may decide to forego using it.
Animal droppings, feathers, leaves, and even creosote can smell up your home, particularly if they get wet. Many times, our clients notice a strange odor, but can’t quite tell where it is coming from. It’s very difficult to cover up this smell, which tends to become stronger when it is raining outside. Don’t be embarrassed by a bad odor that stinks up your space. With a clean fireplace, all you will notice is the inviting smell of a crackling wood fire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends having your chimney inspected at least once each year. However, you could need a cleaning more often if you are a heavy user. Anytime there is more than 1/8” of soot or a glazy film inside your firebox, you should have a cleaning performed. Sticking with this schedule will ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in your family.