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)
At Lindemann Chimney Service we like to keep our customers comfortable and inform you of situations you can avoid. Spring and fall are the times of the year when insects are most determined to enter your home. What better place to nest or winter over than your dark fireplace chimney?
As we mentioned before, bees tend to divide swarms in the spring and throughout the summer. This new swarm looks for a nice hollow place to start their new colony. Your chimney is an ideal location. The biggest problem is that they often follow the chimney right down into your home through the fireplace.
In the fall insects are looking for a warm place to winter over or lay their eggs. For spiders fall is a mating season where youngling that hatch in May are reaching maturity. That’s part of the reason there seems to be a spider population explosion in the fall.
There is a solution to keeping insects out of your fireplace chimney. That’s to have a tight-sealing chimney top damper installed like the Energy Top or Energy Top Plus. These dampers close tightly over a “refrigerator type” rubber seal when closed. When opened the fireplace is usually in use and the smoke and temperatures exiting the chimney are usually enough to deter insects and animals.
Speaking of animals, the Energy Top+ damper includes a spark arrestor screen that will also deter animals if the damper is left open overnight.
In addition, the Energy Top and Energy Top+ are energy savers. They seal off the top of the chimney tightly keeping “paid” energy dollars in the form of heat and air-conditioning inside the home. In fact they usually pay for themselves within 1-2 years showing a 8% savings in home energy costs.
Traditional fireplace dampers don’t tend to seal that well. A good test is to close a $1 bill in the damper. If you can pull it out then it’s not sealing tightly. Also, traditional fireplace dampers are manufactured of cast-iron and can rust and warp over time. Our Energy Tops are manufactured of stainless steel and cast aluminum and won’t rust. Also, insects can still get down into the chimney with a traditional fireplace damper.
Invest in an Energy Top or Energy Top+. You will be glad you made this decision in energy saving dollars as well as peace of mind. To see more information on these dampers, including a video, click here. To contact us for more information please call us at 847-739-4199 or click here to email us.