• My Home is almost New – How Can My Fireplace be Broken?

    My Home is almost New – How Can My Fireplace be Broken?

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    At Lindemann Chimney Service on the north edge of Chicago and southern Wisconsin we have run into relatively new homes with defective chimneys and fireplaces. Just because a home or fireplace chimney is new doesn’t mean it’s immune from defects.

    Recently one of our CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) professional chimney sweeps did a routine chimney inspection and diagnosis in a home that was only four years old. Inside was a hole in the flue. This was only visible because he used a special camera to view the inside of the flue. The homeowner was able to watch this inspection at the same time he was video scanning it. The good news is that our sweep caught a potentially dangerous problem and instead of taking the chimney apart to fix it he was able to drop an insulated stainless steel chimney liner into the flue.

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    Mike video scans the flue with the camera, photo at left. He continues to scan the flue watching the monitor, photo at right.

    If you watch Holmes on Homes on HGTV you have likely seen shows that prove no one is immune to purchasing a home with defects or hiring a remodeler only to find out that the work done was defective. At Lindemann Chimney Service we carefully video scan and diagnose every chimney for potential problems. We would be happy to take a look at your flue. For more information please give us a call at 847-918-7994 or click here to contact us.

    Posted by Karen Stickels Lamansky, author of Design Ideas for Fireplaces, published by Creative Homeowner Press.

    By Rob Lindemann

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