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  • How to Find out if your Chimney Can Withstand a Lake Bluff Chicago Winter? Hire an Inspector

    How to Find out if your Chimney Can Withstand a Lake Bluff Chicago Winter? Hire an Inspector

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    A faulty chimney can lead to house fires, which become all too common during Chicago winters. Unfortunately, most chimney problems are not readily apparent, which is why having a chimney inspection performed is so important. Here are just a few reasons why you should not put this inspection off.

    Levels of Chimney Inspections

    A level 1 inspection is the most basic, and is sufficient in most cases. During a level 1 inspection, a technician will observe the “readily accessible” portions of your chimney. A level 1 inspection is recommended if you have not made any modifications (to include a change in fuel type), and plan to continue using your fireplace just as you have in the past.

    A level 2 inspection is more in-depth. It covers all the components listed in level 1, as well as portions of your attic and/or crawlspace. We recommend a level 2 inspection if:

    • You are buying or selling property.
    • There have been recent modifications to your chimney.
    • Your home has suffered roof or chimney damage due to a storm.
    • You now use your fireplace in a different way. An example is when switching from a wood-burning appliance to gas logs.

    If problems are discovered during a level 2 inspection, you will then require a level 3 inspection. This is the most intrusive type, and can involve removing the crown of your chimney or other components. Level 3 inspections are rare, and are used only in the most extreme circumstances. They are also the lengthiest, often requiring the better part of a day.

    What Happens During a Chimney Inspection?

    During a chimney inspection, a technician will check your apparatus in accordance with the level of inspection you are having. Following the inspection, you should receive a report detailing the condition of your chimney, along with an estimate of any recommended repairs. A chimney sweep might also tout certain upgrades such as a new chimney cap or flue liner to help your fireplace operate more efficiently.

    Fireplace Cleaning

    A fireplace inspection should also include a thorough cleaning. This eliminates creosote, soot, and debris, all of which increase your risk of a fire. A normal cleaning will take between 45 minutes and one hour, and will require one person on top of your roof and another one inside vacuuming up the mess.

    You may think that if you rarely use your fireplace, an annual cleaning isn’t necessary. The truth is that regular use is not required in order for creosote to form. So-called “chimney sweeping logs” do not prevent build-up, and in fact may make conditions worse. A yearly cleaning will eliminate any guesswork as to whether or not your chimney is actually safe.

    Is your chimney ready for the Lake Bluff, Chicago winter that is just around the corner? The Chicago Northshore can get intensely cold so don’t just assume everything is good to go, when a chimney inspection can provide you with peace of mind. Contact Lindemann Chimney Service for a full inspection and cleaning to ensure you remain safe and warm throughout the cold winter season.

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