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  • Common Springtime Chimney Ailments

    Common Springtime Chimney Ailments

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    Spring has finally arrived in the Midwest.  Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures also bring along with them some pesky chimney troubles.  While many of these ailments are minor, left unaddressed they can lead to larger problems and more costly repairs.  Taking time to have them repaired by an experienced professional will keep your chimney (and wallet) in good health.

    Here are some of the most common springtime chimney ailments:

    Flashing Repairs – Keeping water from going into the roof, flashing is important to the overall Flash Coatinghealth of your chimney.  The flashing’s seal can deteriorate from harsh weather conditions allowing water to seep through.  Left unaddressed, faulty flashing can lead to leaks in the roof and attic.

    Clogged or Damaged Chimney Caps – High winds and fallen leaves can lead to clogged or damaged chimney caps.  These caps are vital to keeping rain and debris from entering the chimney flue.  Also a cap constructed of galvanized steel is prone to rust and will need to be replaced when its structure is compromised.

    Burrowing Animals and Nests – Birds, squirrels, and other animals tend to find refuge from harsh winters in a chimney especially if it is unequipped with an adequate chimney cap.  These pests and their nests can clog the chimney and their droppings can create a fire hazard.

    Creosote Buildup – The fireplace is used most frequently in the winter months.  Along with the heat it produces, naturally-occurring by-products like Creosote are created and begin to accumulate on the flue walls.  When the layer becomes too thick, this blockage can lead to a dangerous chimney fire.  To remove creosote, an annual chimney cleaning should be completed by a professional preferably in the spring or fall months.

    If you are in a need a professional sweep to address your chimney ailments look no further than Lindemann Chimney Service.   We have been providing customers in the area quality chimney services and repairs for over 40 years.  Every one of our technicians is experienced in their trade and certified to work on your home.

    Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment

    By Rob Lindemann

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