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)
When considering potential companies for your chimney service needs taking time to select one fit for your unique situation is important. During an annual cleaning, care and attention must be taken to keep the home safe from potential fire hazards and carbon monoxide poisoning. For this reason alone, you want to make sure whoever you hire is both experienced and reliable. While the process may seem overwhelming at first, finding the right professional for your home can be stress-free if you take the time to do it right. Follow the steps below to find a sweep you can partner with for years to come.
To hire a professional chimney sweep right for your needs start by creating a list of potential contractors in the area. The Chimney Safety Institute of America’s website (http://www.csia.org/) is a great place to start. In order to receive accreditation by the organization, all chimney sweep companies must have a CSIA certified technician on every job site. You can also find a list of reputable sweeps within your region on the National Chimney Sweep Guild’s website. Use their Member Locator tool to search by distance or keyword. You can also ask friends or family who they use for their chimney needs.
Once a list of prospective sweeps is created, visit each company’s website online if they have one. Most sweeps will list their services, the company history, customer testimonials as well as any of their accreditations and certifications. Try not to place too much emphasis on the website though. There are many reputable firms that may not have a robust site. Take time to also review Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau for additional background information.
When you have the list narrowed down to 2 or 3 candidates, begin the interview process either in person or over the phone. Ask about their certifications as well as if the company carries a valid business liability insurance policy. This helps protect your home and property in case an accident should occur onsite. You may also want to inquire on the cost of services and what is included with an annual inspection and cleaning.
Since 1969, Lindemann Chimney Service has been the preferred provider of chimney sweep services for the North Shore and surrounding areas. All of our sweeps are trained and certified by the Chimney Sweep Institute of America and the company is a proud member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. We offer a complete line of chimney sweeping services to the Northern Chicago and Southern Wisconsin communities.