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October Savings on ChimneySaver

October 01, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

Today marks the first day of October and do we have a deal for you here at Lindemann Chimney Co. During the month of October if you purchase a gallon of ChimneySaver Water-Base Water Repellent for Block Chimneys or ChimneySaver with StainBlocker you will be eligable for a $5 rebate from SaverSystems.

ChimneySaver Water-Base Water Repellent for Block Chimneys is specially formulated to bond with the minterals in block and CMU's (concrete masonry units). The pores of block are also a little larger than brick and therefore require a slightly different technology.

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ChimneySaver Water-Base Water Repellent with Stainblocker forms an invisible barrier that blocks the return of stains yet doesn't change the appearance of the surface. Stainblocker is very effective at delaying the effect of mildew and the unsightly black staining that comes with it.

Coverage of ChimneySaver is about 100 square feet per gallon depending on the porostity of the masonry..

To take advantage of the $5 per gallon rebate offer and to see the rules and requirements, go online at www.chimneysaver.com to download the instructions and the form. Then purchase the product and send the completed form along with proof of purchase following the isntructions on this site. For more questions on this offer contact us.

Insulating Solid-Fuel Chimney Liners

September 28, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we often get questions about insulation. There is really no option when it comes to the decision of whether or not to insulate a stainless steel chimney liner for solid fuel installations. Underwriters Laboratories is the premier testing lab for chimney liners. For a chimney liner system to be UL Listed for solid fuels it must be insulated in the method for which it was tested and listed.

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Solid fuel chimneys reach higher temperatures than oil or gas chimneys during normal use. Combine with this long periods of heating at higher temperatures during cold weather, chimney fires, chimneys that aren't up to code and an uninsulated liner and this could spell a recipe for disaster.

Most chimneys could not pass a UL Test. This is because most were built right next to combustibles. A chimney on the interior of a house is supposed to have 2" of airspace clearance on all sides surrounding it. An exterior chimney is should have 1" clearance to combustibles on all sides. How often do you see this? In most of the country, it's almost never. This is why it's so important to insulate a solid fuel chimney liner.

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We stock two different types of insulation for chimney liners. TherMix, shown at the top, is mixed with a little water and is poured around the liner. It cures to the consistency similar to packed earth. The Ceramic Blanket Insulation, shown directly right, is wrapped around the liner, the ends and seams are taped with Foil Tape and then a Mesh Covering is pulled over the insulated liner to protect it. The mesh is then secured with stainless steel clamps.

Insulation holds in heat. This helps to prevent heat transfer to surrounding combustibles. It also aids in increased draft. The most important thing that liner insulation does is give you the UL Listing as long as you are using the correct insulation for the liner brand you use. For more information please click here to contact our technical experts.

CSIA Certification Opportunity in Albany, NY

September 27, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

At Lindemann Chimney Co. we like to keep you up-to-date on the latest industry opportunities. The Chimney Safety Institute of America is having a review and exam in Albany, NY on October 21st. Be sure to build this into your schedule and see the information below to sign up.

Four Reasons You Should Earn the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credential in Albany, NY this October 21: 

1. CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps will easily gain thousands of referrals from www.CSIA.org this home heating season. When you break it down, last year (from September 1- December 31) CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps averaged 28.71 referrals EACH from www.CSIA.org. See who is getting Albany's referrals here. 

2. CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps will easily gain millions of dollars in national media exposure this year. National media exposure has repeatedly welcomed CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps into the spotlight and we expect this year's heating season to be no different. We have already heard from writers of upcoming features in Consumer Reports, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV and Angie's List magazines. CSIA is the go-to source for national media.

3. CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps also directly benefit from CSIA's relationships with affiliated trades. CSIA outreach includes building relationships with hearth retailers, fire marshals, home inspectors, Realtors and oil heating service managers. Only CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps benefit from our referrals to the influencers in your area.

4. As a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, you'll get more exposure, more homeowner referrals and will have more pull with the people your clients trust. As if that's not enough, get this... Annual certification fees were just reduced! The Chimney Safety Institute of America Board of Directors recently voted to approve the 2011-2012 budget which includes an additional reduction to the Annual Certification Feepaid by CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps. The reduction is effective with annual fees due on or after September 1, 2011. The annual certification fee has been reduced from $219 to $209 (and from $169 to $159 for employees of National Chimney Sweep Guild member companies). The reduction does not change the initial credentialing fee of $469 ($269 for employees of NCSG member companies).  

When your potential client judges your knowledge against your competitor's, their best gauge is the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credential.

Earn it this October in Albany, NY.

October 21, 2011 Albany, NY

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Review & Exam  

Register for the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Review and Exam! Link opens .pdf

September Skamol Special

September 24, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

At Lindemann Chimney we want to make sure you are aware of the great specials that we offer. Keep in mind that there is a special on Skamol Panels that ends this Friday on the 30th. Up until then you can still take advantage of the 25% off of either the Skamol Brick or Herringbone Panels designed to replace refractory panels in factory-built fireplaces.

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These factory-built fireplace replacement panels are lightweight (30 lbs) easy to cut (with ordinary woodworking tools) and install in far less time than the conventional heavy refractory panels.

Skamol panels are made of compressed vermiculite, have a high compressive strength, are asbestos free and have been tested by Omni Labs.

For more information, click here to contact us.

National Chimney Safety Week and National Fire Prevention Week

September 23, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

At Lindemann Chimney we like to keep our customers informed of up-to-date news. October 2nd - 8th kicks off National Chimney Safety Week. This week precedes National Fire Prevention Week which is October 9th - 15th.

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With the public awareness heightened during these weeks it's the perfect time to promote your business and the work you do to the local media. You can do this with a simple press release.

To construct a press release you can use the formatting, below:

For immediate release

Should be centered at the very top of the page

Title

Title should be bold and a slightly larger font. 

August 23, 2010 - City, State Use current date, city and state of origin. Then begin first sentence here.

Body of release

Ending paragraph

###

The ### symbols are always centered under the ending paragraph to signal that the press release is finished.

For questions, please contact me at the following: Enter your contact information below.

Your name

Title

Company Name

Street address

City, state and zip

Phone number

Email address

This is the format for writing a press release. Send it on to radio stations, newspapers and any local online news sources. A press release is like giving them an invitation to interview you and promote your business so be sure to take advantage of these times to promote chimney and fire safety.

I hope you have found this blog helpful. We value the business that you give us and we like partnering with you to help you grow your business. Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions you have about your press release.

Posted by Karen Lamansky, Director of Marketing.

Replacing your RoVac Motor Brushes

September 15, 2011 1 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we like to inform you of cost-saving measures. One of the most costly repairs for chimney sweeping is replacing the motor on your vacuum. While the motor will be expense enough, having to lose a few days or a week while you wait on the motor brushes will be your greatest cost.

How do you know if you need to replace the brushes? This guide put together by Tom Martin of AW Perkins will show you what you need to know and do to check and/or replace your motor brushes.

First, unplug the vac. A set of new motor brushes for the RoVac Ametek Motor will look like the photo below. Keep in mind that they may not work with other motors or vacs. Note that the length of the carbon end is from 1" to 1 1/4". Also, the brushes come in pairs so for a three-motor vac such as this you will need 3 sets of brushes (one pair for each motor).

Rovac Ametek Motor Brush Replacement Instruction by Tom Martin 800-698-7412

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NOTE: Brushes come in pairs, onepair per motor.

New #1143 Motor Brushes for Ametek motor. Note length of carbon end is 1 to 1¼”.

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Rovac Ametek Motor Brush Installed on a new motor. Note hold down clamp.

FIRST - UNPLUG THE VAC! To get at the motors you will take off the top cover, the next plastic cover which has switches and such on it, and then the hold down plate on top of the motors. Now you can see the motors so you can check them where they sit.

Rovac Ametek Motor Brush Replacement Instruction by Tom Martin 800-698-7412BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING CHECK BRUSH LENGTH

Checking length of existing brushes.

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Loosen the hold down clamp by backing out the Phillips Head screws that hold the clamp down. The brush will still be held in by the wire connected to its top but the brush length will be determined. This brush Is OK Length over 1/2”. See next two pics for NG.

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Brush Shot No Good. 1/4” or so of carbon left. 

Rovac Ametek Motor Brush Replacement Instruction by Tom Martin 800-698-7412

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If brush length is OK put brush back into motor. Note locator hole and mating black tab on bottom of brush holder.

Easy method for getting brush freed up from the holder to replace brush.

**HAVE BRUSHES CLAMPED IN PLACE AS BELOW - makes next step much easier!**

Rovac Ametek Motor Brush Replacement Instruction by Tom Martin 800-698-7412

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Wire contact spade will back out of holder slightly when loose. Stop there, you will now

be able to loosen the hold down clamp and remove the brush.

 

Rovac Ametek Motor Brush Replacement Instruction by Tom Martin 800-698-7412.

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Brush Removed. New Brush can now be installed. 

Now is the perfect time to promote your business!

September 12, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

Fall is upon us and at Lindemann Chimney Supply we would like to encourage you to promote your business. There are many ways to get free public relations exposure and there's no better time that early fall to capture interest with the heating season upon us. Here are a few to start with.

Press releases: A press release is relatively easy to write and can be sent when your company has newsworthy information. This could include certifications, completed training, new hires, new equipments or how-to type articles like Starting the perfect fire, 10 things you need to know about your chimney, How to avoid animal invasion, etc.

Not sure who to contact? Go online and search for your local newspaper, radio station and/or TV station. Find the email for the news editor and send your press release. Also post it without the formatting on your website. This could be done in the "blog" section.

Not sure how to format it? Contact me for a Word document where you can fill in the blanks. You can save this as a blank format and then create your releases and resave them with the title name.

Facebook company page: If you haven't set up a company Facebook page, it's easy. Go to www.facebook.com and sign up! I suggest doing informational postings 2-3 times a week. Some of the cool things I see posted are mini videos of chimney work, photos of before and after work, chimney caps, informational tips and more. Not sure what to post? Join Facebook and in the Search Box enter chimney or fireplace. This will give you a good idea of what other people are doing. Feel free to check out our service page on Facebook at Lindemann Chimney Service. While you are on Facebook also check out our supply page Lindemann Chimney Supply. I have seen positive interaction between sweeps and their customers on Facebook. Comments such as "I need you to come clean my chimney" to customers "liking" photos and pages.

Word of mouth: The best marketing/advertising closure rates come from word of mouth. If your customer is happy with your work and the care you've taken with their home then they should be willing to give you names and references. If they blog or have a Facebook page ask them to mention your company to their friends. But make sure they are absolutley satisfied with your work. Negative situations can spread like wildfire on the internet whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, websites such as Yelp, Angie's List, etc. It won't matter if you have a web presence. They can still talk about bad or good experiences.

These are some of the hottest ways to advertise and market your business. There are always the old standbys like parking your truck where everyone can see it, handing out business cards and leaving some at a restaurant and being in the local town parade. But don't be afraid to integrate new ideas into your business. They will soon become familiar habits.

Get 25% Off on Skamol Replacement Fireplace Refractory Panels

September 07, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

Fall is upon us. Are you ready for the busy season? At Lindemann Chimney Supply we have bulked up our inventory in anticipation for an incredible record-breaking year for all of us. We are prepared to assist you in growing your business to new levels.One of the ways you can grow your business is to replace cracked factory-built refractory panels. We have installed Skamol Panels for years in our service company. They are quicker, lighter, and easier to install than the heavy refractory panels.

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Skamol Panels

  • Save time
  • Less stress
  • Attractive
  • Lightweight - 30 lbs.
  • Easy to Install
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Tested by Omni Labs
  • Available in herringbone or brick patterns
  • Can be cut with ordinary woodworking tools
  • Install in less time that heavy refractory panels
  • Made of asbestos-free compressed vermiculite

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This month we are offering 25% off on Skamol Factory-Built Fireplace Replacement Panels. They are constructed of compressed vermiculite and are lighter, easier to install and can be cut with ordinary woodworking tools. This saves on installation time and are priced less than most refractory panels on the market.If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.  

 

Our management team has over 125 years of industry experience and our sweep team is out there in the field every day - working just like you!  Please partner with us and let us help you with your business endeavors.

Posted by Karen Lamansky, Director of Marketing.

 

Is Your Chimney Sweeping Company Missing Credibility?

September 01, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

 

At LIndemann Chimney Supply we love to pass along ways to grow your business. Credibility and education are a very important part of success for any business entity. In our industry, HEARTH, the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the Chimney Safety Institute of America are the primary educators and code lobbyist. We feel it's a necessity to be a member of the NCSG, certified by the CSIA and depending on the services you offer, the HEARTH Programs.

 

Our service company, Lindemann Chimney Service, has been a member of the NCSG going back decades. We feel it's so important to have our sweeps certified that we send them to the CSIA Tech center for their certification and back for ongoing training. Some sweeps are also HEARTH Certified in various venues for installation purposes.

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Now the CSIA has more than ever before to offer: Certified Chimney Sweep; Certified Dryer Vent Exhaust Technician; Chimney Physics; Inspection and Report Writing; National Chimney Sweep Training School; Lining Masonry Chimneys with Stainless Steel; Health and Safety Week and more. Can't make it to the tech center for a class? No worries. Many courses are now online.

 In addition to many of the membership benefits, the CSIA has recently put out two press releases letting the world know that chimneys need to be inspected after earthquakes and in light of the recent hurricane Irene, after natural disasters such as this.

If you aren't supporting the NCSG and CSIA then you aren't supporting your future. They drive more education, codes and promote our industry more than many other groups put together. So invest in your future. Join the NCSG and get certified with the CSIA today!

LintAlert: A Dryer Vent Alarm and Sensor

August 29, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

Here at Lindemann Chimney Supply we are always on the lookout for things which might help you in your business and we hit the jackpot with this product! It is an important safety and convenience item for your customer and a moneymaker for you. Everyone who has a dryer in their home should have one.

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LintAlert actually senses when the dryer duct needs cleaning. Before installing you will need to thoroughly clean the dryer vent and fix any needed repairs. Then the tap and the hose is installed to the dryer vent as shown below. Attach the hose to the sensor, plug it in and calibrate it on the clean dryer vent. the LintAlert light should be green. Gradually as lint builds up the LintAlert lights will change from green to yellow to red so your customer knows it's time to get their dryer vent cleaned. When it lights up red this means the vent is 60% blocked and it also sounds an audible alarm.

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If you want to do your customers a great service, promote future business, and make some good money in the process, take a minute to watch the video. We think you will agree. Click here to see the video.

The LintAlert suggested retail is $99.00 installed and the product number is 560911. To contact us for more information, click here. Feel free to call us at the following locations: Illinois 800-722-7230; Georgia 866-450-311 and New York 722-722-7230.

Posted by Karen Lamansky, Director of Marketing.

Are you ready for your best busy season?

August 19, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

At Lindemann Chimney Company we are in a unique position. Unlike other chimney supply companies we also have a successful chimney service company in the Northern Chicago area. We are prepared to have our biggest busy season ever. Are you ready?

If you haven't closely checked your tools and organized your trucks then now is the time to do it! Need a new vac filter? Get it now! Have you changed the motor brushes on your vac? This is oten overlooked until the vac starts to exhibit a loss in power and starts to sound strange. It's critical to check your motor brushes and replace them to prevent damage to the motor. Also, the busy season is a bad time to wait for parts. We carry some motor brushes and can provide them quickly.

How is your truck organized? Is everything set up so you can quickly and easily access the tools you need? Can you eliminate steps in and out of your customers home? AW Perkins introduced a new wire caddy for the fixed drum RoVac. It allows you to put smaller tools into the basket to help eliminate extra trips.

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Is your fall protection and safety gear up to par? Do you need new respirator filters? New ladders?

Are your trucks ready to roll? Tires replaced? Oil changed? Tranny oil and filter changed? Preventative maintenance, which is what we promote, is critical to your vehicles to keep them rolling on those busy October days. Have your truck checked thoroughly by your trusted mechanic.

Is your office set up to flow smoothly? Are new personel trained and confident with the work they do? Have you had a relative or friend call in to experience your customer service and ask those difficult questions? If not, how will you know what is lacking until you start to get complaints?

Does your website need updated? Are you posting regularly on Facebook? All of these things are important must do's while you have a little spare time. Missed work in the busy season can cost you thousands. So prepare now for your ultimate busy season!

Are you ready for your best busy season?

August 19, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Company we are in a unique position. Unlike other chimney supply companies we also have a successful chimney service company in the Northern Chicago area. We are prepared to have our biggest busy season ever. Are you ready?

If you haven't closely checked your tools and organized your trucks then now is the time to do it! Need a new vac filter? Get it now! Have you changed the motor brushes on your vac? This is oten overlooked until the vac starts to exhibit a loss in power and starts to sound strange. It's critical to check your motor brushes and replace them to prevent damage to the motor. Also, the busy season is a bad time to wait for parts. We carry some motor brushes and can provide them quickly.

How is your truck organized? Is everything set up so you can quickly and easily access the tools you need? Can you eliminate steps in and out of your customers home? AW Perkins introduced a new wire caddy for the fixed drum RoVac. It allows you to put smaller tools into the basket to help eliminate extra trips.

mike ruehrdanz

Is your fall protection and safety gear up to par? Do you need new respirator filters? New ladders?

Are your trucks ready to roll? Tires replaced? Oil changed? Tranny oil and filter changed? Preventative maintenance, which is what we promote, is critical to your vehicles to keep them rolling on those busy October days. Have your truck checked thoroughly by your trusted mechanic.

Is your office set up to flow smoothly? Are new personel trained and confident with the work they do? Have you had a relative or friend call in to experience your customer service and ask those difficult questions? If not, how will you know what is lacking until you start to get complaints?

Does your website need updated? Are you posting regularly on Facebook? All of these things are important must do's while you have a little spare time. Missed work in the busy season can cost you thousands. So prepare now for your ultimate busy season!

New Accessories for the RoVac

August 11, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we strive to keep you up to date with the newest chimney sweeping equipment and technology. Now we are stocking the Wire Tool Caddy that works with the fixed drum RoVac Chimney Sweeping Vacuum. This makes cleaning easier and more efficient. It eliminates added trips in and out of the home. The caddy measures 14" wide by 14" high by 8" deep. For more information and pricing on the Wire tool Caddy click here.

We are also stocking the RoVac Inlet Dust Seal Cap. For more information and pricing, click here.

If you haven't already inventoried your chimney sweeping equipment then there's no better time to prepare for the fall season right now.

National Aviation Day

August 10, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

August 19 is National Aviation Day. Please take a moment to lift your eyes to the jet trails in the sky and give thanks to all the men and women in the field of aviation whose contributions allow us to travel across this great country of ours – from Los Angeles CA to Portland ME – in as little as 6 hrs and 13 min, airport time excluded of course.

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National Aviation Day coincides with Orville Wright’s birthday. The Wright Brothers’ Museum located in Kill Devil Hills NC, just south of Kitty Hawk, is a must see for aviation enthusiasts. It not only commemorates the accomplishments of Orville and Wilbur Wright, but also all men and women aviation pioneers. And those up for a little hike can actually walk down the runway of the famous “First Flight.” I suggest comfortable walking shoes!

Links:

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/national-aviation-day

http://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm

Postd by Joni Johnston, Marketing Analyst

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Lindemanan Chimney Supply Wishes You a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

June 30, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

All of us at Lindemann Chimney Supply wish you a safe and happy 4th of July! Enjoy this time spent with friends and family and don't think about chimney liners, chimney caps, dampers, fireplaces, chimneys or anything else! Relax and refresh!

 

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The fall season will be here before we know it. Make sure you spend quality time with your loved ones before the crazy season starts!

 

Rob Lindemann Stands by the Lindemann Chimney Service Van

Rob shown with Lindeman Chimney Service's 4th of July parade float.

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ChimneySaver - A Great Water Repellent Solution!

June 30, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

It's been an unusually wet spring and summer in most parts of the country. As a result, many consumers are dealing with damp, smelly, leaking chimneys. Our service company, Lindemann Chimney Service, uses ChimneySaver to waterproof chimneys. We have seen firsthand the positive effects ChimneySaver makes and have been using it since it was introduced back in the '90's. We would like to share with you some tips for applying ChimneySaver:

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  • Thoroughly prep the chimney to avoid spills and over spray
  • A backpack sprayer frees up your hands and is easier to carry when climbing or ascending a ladder.
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  • Coverage rates range from 90 - 150 square feet per gallon depending on porosity of the masonry (soft brick, sandstone are closer to 90 sq. ft. whereas hard brick, concrete, hard stone, etc. is closer to 150 sq. ft).
  • Minimum application temps is 40 degrees. Make sure no frost is evident on the chimney (could block the pores and prevent penetration).
  • Clean off dirt, plant life or other solids on the chimney which may prevent penetration of the product.
  • Remove stains. Otherwise they will be very difficult to remove after ChimneySaver is applied because of the effectiveness of the product.
  • Drying time is usually 1-2 hours after application but 6 hours minimum is needed before rainfall. If a shower crops up before 6 hours go back the next day with a spray mister or hose and see if the product is beading. If it soaks in a reapplication will be necessary.
  • Initially ChimneySaver will bead up for the first year after application. Then water will run off but won't soak in for the life of the product which is estimated at a minimum of ten years.
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  • If a chimney is spalling (brick face pops off) ChimneySaver will prevent moisture absorption and minimize or prevent future damage. However, since the brick face is often cracked but not visible to the eye, spalling may continue after the first ChimneySaver application. It may be necessary to check back the second and third year to catch any bricks where the facing has popped off. This can easily be done with a garden hose and then the bricks marked with chalk for future waterproofing when it dries out.

ChimneySaver Freeze/Thaw Damaged Chimney

  • The best way to determine if a surface has been previously treated with ChimneySaver is to ask the consumer. If they are unsure then test the chimney with a garden hose. Most waterproofing agents other than ChimneySaver start to wear off after the first year. Solvent Base ChimneySaver can be used to waterproof a chimney that was previously treated with another product. If one coat was used give it a year. Two coats of the old product may require 2 years before ChimneySaver is applied. If in doubt try a test patch on a couple sides of the chimney.

  • ChimneySaver will still repel water from cracks the thickness of a business card. Otherwise the cracks must first be repaired and time allowed for curing before the ChimneySaver application.
  • ChimneySaver should not be used below grade.
  • In new construction, ChimneySaver can be applied after the curing process which is 28 days. If just tuckpointing has been done then it can be applied 72 hours afterwards. Always test a small spot first.
  • When applying ChimneySaver start at the bottom and move upwards when there's run off 6" to 8" below the spray pattern (remember to protect the area surrounding the chimney and surrounding surfaces with Sorbent Pads or other methods).
  • Click this link for Water Base ChimneySaver. Click this link for a product data sheet.
  • Click this link for Solvent Base ChimneySaver. Note: for VOC compliant Solvent Base ChimneySaver click here. Click this link for a product data sheet.

For more information, or if you have questions, please feel free to contact us using this web page.

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Enervex FDDS Fan Damper System is now EcoDraft System

June 26, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

Dear Valued Customer,
The ENERVEX FDDS Fan Damper System is now the EcoDraft System.
The environmentally friendly EcoDraft System is the first completely automated draft and damper mechanism designed for use with gas fireplaces. The EcoDraft quietly manages a perfect draft and prevents excess heat from escaping through the chimney when the fireplace is not in use. The EcoDraft automatically closes the flue when the fireplace is turned off, which helps to keep energy costs down.
The system eliminates the need for glass doors, opening up many new design options while allowing for a larger view area of the fire and a more natural look. The EcoDraft consists of the RS Chimney Fan, the Mechanical Fireplace Damper (MFD) and the ADC 100 Control.

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Quick Facts:
• Low profile
• Two year factory warranty
• Eliminates the need for glass doors
• Built to last
• Conserves energy
• Available in 8", 10", and 12" diameter (Please contact us for custom sizes)
The new EcoDraft Systems will be available for delivery by July 25th.
Please don’t hesitate to call us at Enervex at 770.587.3238 if you have any questions or comments on this.

Note: This is from Enervex. Our Lindemann catalog has already been printed with the FDDS name. However, we wanted you to be aware of the name change.

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Relining Masonry Chimneys with Stainless Steel Liner

June 23, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we have many stainless steel chimney liner brands such as Ventinox, BestFlex, Heat-Fab, Chim-Flex and Dura-Vent. Of these liner brands we have rigid and flexible pipe available in an assortment of stainless steel alloys such as 316Ti stainless, 316L stainless, 316 stainless, 304 stainless and AL 29-4C stainless steel.

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BestFlex Chimney Liner Tee Kit

Whether you are relining a chimney for a woodstove, a fireplace, a gas furnace, oil furnace, pellet stove or coal stove we variety of warranted UL Listed stainless steel liner. And we have the capability to ovalize the liner and we can even get custom made components to go with it!

 

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The advantage of relining a chimney with stainless steel is that the fireplace or appliance can usually be used shortly after the installation is finished. Most stainless steel liners have a lifetime warranty which is beneficial to the homeowner. And stainless steel liner installations are usually quicker than other types of chimney relining.

For more information on our chimney liners call or email us using the locations listed on this contact page.

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New Hampshire SweepFest

June 20, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we like to keep you updated on industry events. Next weekend is the New Hampshire Association of Chimney Profession's (NHACP) SweepFest (June 25-26)! This weekend includes a vast array of educational seminars and industry supplier showcases for northeast chimney professionals. It's hosted by Phil Mitchell and his family at their New Hampshire Seacoast Homestead. This has been a historically wonderful place to have it. This private venue has led to such successful educiational, business and personal growth for the NHACP members and guests.

This two day format will include seminars (CEU credits have been applied for), entertainment and a time slot for an industry showcase with suppliers. Camping is available on site or you can check the internet to see what is availble in nearby Portsmouth, NH hotels.

You can contact Phil Mitchell at this address for more information and directions: 41 Bald Hill Road, Newmarket, NH 03857 or telephone him at 603-559-7776 or click here to email him.

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Expect the Unexpected with Ladders

June 20, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we like to pass along tips to chimney sweeps and hearth professionals. A friend of mine decided to check his gutters because of the recent heavy rains we've had. He has an office job and his knowledge with ladders is somewhat limited. To make a long story short, he took a tumble off of a step ladder last night and spent three hours in the emergency room. Fortunately he didn't break his leg but ended up with a puncture wound in his leg and numberous cuts. He's off work for a few days as he recuperates. Here are some reminder tips for working with ladders.

  • Never put a ladder on soft ground. Only on solid stable ground.
  • Just because a ladder boasts a "premium" label doesn't mean it's the right ladder. Check the label for classifications and weight restrictions.
  • Never climb too high on a step ladder. Remember that the higher you get, the less there is to hold on to or grab if you start to fall.
  • Always use the correct ladder. A step ladder is not an ideal ladder to inspect gutters. Use a properly classed extension ladder.
  • Always watch for power lines and power sources, particularly with aluminum ladders.
  • If it's windy, watch your ladder for a few minutes before ascending. Make sure nothing could blow into you or your ladder like electrical wires, tree branches, etc.
  • If it's windy, secure your ladder to a solid surface so it doesn't blow over. Many people have been left perched on the roof at the mercy of the next passerby or homeowner.
  • A ladder is only as secure as what you set it on. Don't use stepping stones, sticks, yard ornaments, boards, etc., to level or stabilize your ladder.
  • Make sure pets are put up. An excited pet can knock the ladder down, make it hard to get down off the ladder or may even try to climb the ladder.
  • Keep children away from the ladder. They tend to be curious and all kinds of accidents can happen.
  • Never throw equipment or anything down off a ladder.
  • Always make sure your ladder is locked into position. In fact, always double check before using the ladder.
  • Use caution if your feet or the ladder are wet
  • Clean off your shoes or boot before starting up a ladder, particularly if your feet are muddy.
  • Never wear slippers, flipflops, crocs or similar wear when using a ladder. Wear appropriate footwear for traction and feet protection in case of a fall.
  • Never crawl up on the roof or use a ladder when electrical storms are forecast. Lightning can strike ahead of the storms and a metal ladder creates a high risk.
  • Always use caution even when folding or retracting a ladder. Some ladders are heavy and can cause smashed fingers or damage.
  • Let someone know when you are using a ladder (the man above didn't do this - his wife was on the phone and didn't hear him - he had to crawl to the door).
  • Always keep up with OSHA rules for ladder safety and implement a company wide stadard operating procedure.

Even though you may have heard this before, I figure it's a good reminder. It's always the unexpected things that happen to catch a person off guard. What should have been a fifteen minute gutter inspection turned into a couple of days worth of recuperation time, expense and could have been much worse.

Posted by Karen Lamansky, Director of Marketing.

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Enervex Welcomes New Hire - Keith O'Brien

June 17, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

Roswell, Ga., June 13, 2011 - Keith O’Brien has joined the ENERVEX team as the National Sales Manager for the residential market. O’Brien’s role with the company will focus on building the fireplace and stove market within the residential market.
O’Brien’s previous experience includes serving as Territory Sales Manager at the MSA Group for more than five years. He was responsible for increasing sales and adding new clients during an economic downturn.
O’Brien boasts more than 10 years of experience as National Account Manager for INTERMATIC Inc. He was able to increase the business by 25% and was held responsible for managing the relationship with The Home Depot.
O’Brien comes highly recommended from previous colleagues and ENERVEX is eager to have him join the team as sales manager.
ENERVEX is a global leader in the design and supply of demand-controlled mechanical draft and exhaust systems focusing on innovation, design and environmental sustainability in residential and commercial markets. ENERVEX operates in a number of countries emphasizing the USA, Canada, Central America and the Middle East.
To contact Keith O’Brien, he can be reached by phone (770)587-3238 or by e-mail keitho@enervex.com.

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Removing Glazed and Tarry Creosote With Cre-Away

May 31, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we like to pass along products that we have used with success. The best product we found for removing the tarry, gooey creosote is Cre-Away. It works to dry it out making it easier to remove. It is also good for other types of build-up including severe third-degree creosote. It modifies the third-degree creosote glaze by converting it into a more brittle state that has a different expansion/contraction rate than the flue. During heating and cooling cycles, the creosote starts to lose its adhesive properties making it easier to remove by chimney sweeping. First, a reactive agent neutralizes the creosote making it less corrosive to metal components and less flammable. Second, a dehydrator absorbs the oils and moisture contained in some forms of creosote. Third, a combustion inhibitor helps reduce the chance of chimney fires. Finally, a magnesium catalyst helps break down third degree creosote when the flue is heated by normal use. Cre-Away is effective on all types of creosote. Not recommended for catalytic stoves.

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Here's a photo showing how Cre-Away works. The top flue is the glazed flue. Moving down, the second flue has just been coated with Cre-Away. The next flue shows how Cre-Away as broken down and loosened the creosote. The bottom flue shows how well the Cre-Away worked.

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For professional application, use Cre-Away Pro. By using a small compressor you can make a comprehensive application, making sure to get all the nooks and crannies. Then leave a small bottle of Cre-Away with your customer to use daily. Cre-Away Pro is sold in a 25-pound pail. Make sure you invest in the Cre-Away Applicator.

Posted by Karen Lamansky, Director of Marketing.

 

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Saving Your Customer Energy Dollars

May 23, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

Here at Lindemann Chimney Supply we like to help you help your customer. If your customer has a fireplace the best way to save them energy dollars is to install a tight sealing chimney top damper. A tight sealing damper will seal in air-conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. It will also minimize or eliminate cold or warm damp air from being pushed or pulled down the fireplace and into the room.

The following dampers have a superior seal to anything available in the industry.

Energy Top Gasket

The Energy Top Damper has a refrigerator type seal (above). No other damper has this type of seal. When it is closed it conforms to the lid creating a rubber tight seal.

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The Energy Top+ (above) also has the same seal but includes a chimney cover. This stainless steel chimney cover deters animals as well as helping provide spark protection.

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The Sealtight Damper (above) provides a high tech 2 part gasket that is more effective and seals a greater area than similar dampers on the market.

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The Top Damper (above) features a rubber gasket seal. This damper has stronger springs than similar competitive dampers. It also doesn't require a fire safety device like similarly constructed dampers.

We've got you covered! You can be a hero by saving your customer in "paid" energy dollars! Please contact us today for more information.

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Tips for Installing Insert Boots

May 20, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we like to pass along tips to our customers who are installing stainless steel chimney liners. Here are some tips, below, for attaching insert boots and connecting the stainless steel chimney liner:

  • Some installers use stove gasket cement to glue stove gasket to the bottom of the insert boot to create a better seal.
  • Some boots such as the ICO Adjustable Boot, above, has a clamping system that attaches it through the insert collar.
  • For insert boots that have to be attached to the insert a cobalt drill bit will do a quicker job.
  • To secure the insert boot you can either use bolts and nuts. Another way is to pick up a tap and die kit. After drilling the correct size hole (as mentioned in the tap and die kit) then use the kit to thread the holes and attach the boot with screws.
  • Stove and gasket cement can be used to seal where the insert boot meets the stove and where the pipe enters the collar. However, this will make future removal more challenging because it sets up hard.
  • Never use silicone sealant to seal an insert boot. It won’t withstand the temperatures.
  • If you are attaching the boot to the insert first then don't forget to predrill the holes in the liner so that when you pull the liner down into the boot all you have to do is line up the holes and attach.
  • If you are attaching the boot to the liner ahead of time make sure you have room to push the liner up a little to clear the insert when it's pushed back into the opening.
  • If you attach the liner to the boot ahead of time make sure you predrill the holes into the insert so you can line everything up and attach the screws or bolts and nuts.
  • We provide boot dimensions in our catalog so you can anticipate whether the boot will clear the lintel in situations where you attach the boot ahead of time.

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Oval Adjustable Boot (ICO) and Round Boot

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Tips for Installing Black Stovepipe

May 18, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

When it comes to installing black stovepipe whether it's for a chimney relining or a new stove installation Lindemann Chimney Supply wants to provide you with a few tips:

  • Use self-tapping stovepipe screws for quicker installation.
  • Stovepipe must have a minimum of three opposing screws at each joing.
  • Single wall black stovepipe has a minimum of 18" clearance to combustibles.
  • Double wall stovepipe clearances depend on the UL Listing.
  • Some stovepipe paint may lightly smoke and/or have an odor when the stove is first fired.
  • Plan on “curing” new stovepipe. The homeowner should open the windows when the paint cures.
  • Even after curing stovepipe will sometimes smell when it reaches higher temperatures in the winter months.
  • Stovepipe is never to be used as anything other than a connector from the stove to the chimney.
  • Never pass stovepipe through a combustible wall unless you have a UL Listed thimble.
  • Stovepipe should always have a male/crimped end down connection into the stove.
  • Use black stovepipe only on woodstoves or coal stoves (coal stoves are hard on black pipe and it will need to be changed out more frequently).
  • We stock four stovepipes: HeatFab Saf-T Pipe, DuraBlack, Snap-Lock and Dura-Vent Double Wall DVL stovepipes.

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What I Did Last Summer

May 12, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

When fall rolls around and the kids are back in school they are often asked to write a paper on what they did that summer. How would you want your paper to read?

A Time for Learning...

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of educational opportunities as well as networking with fellow sweeps and business owners. The price of education is immeasureable. It's like a sling-shot that puts you way ahead of your competition. Instead think of one paragraph topic as "I learned about a new service and implemented it to my business. It will add $1000 a month to the bottom line".

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A Time to Plan...

Is your maintenance on your truck and tools completed? Do you have extra motor brushes for your vac? Have you ever changed them? (If not they most likely need changed). There's no time to plan in the fall so make your busy season life easier right now and plan to take care of all preventative maintenance and office reorganization right now. Think of this paragraph as "I jumped ahead of my competition because I planned and executed measures to prepare me way ahead of anyone else".

A Time to Teach...

How prepared are your office staff to handle problems? Have you empowered your sweep team/assistants/office personel to handle issues so some of those little "pressure bombs" are taken off of your shoulders during the busy season? "I taught and if felt good - people love being empowered"...

 

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A Time to Evaluate...

What are your goals for fall? Where were you last year? Where do you want to be? Involve your staff in this process. If they don't know where you are going how will the help you get there? "We are all targeted to pursue our goal to take our business to the next level".

A Time to Play...

Take a really nice vacation with your family. It will sustain you in the months ahead. It doesn't have to be an exotic location. Particularly with children. Waterparks, camping, adventure parks, just any where that you can get your mind off your business and connect with your family. "I had a really nice time connecting with my spouse and children. We set mini goals to reconnect even in the busy season".

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When next fall rolls around your paper could look like this: "I learned about a new service and implemented it to my business. It adds $1000 a month fo the bottom line. I jumped ahead of my competition with the planning and executed measure that prepared me to far surpass my competition. I taught my employees and they feel good about themselves and their work. It's a relief to know that I won't have a lot of unexpected unpleasant surprises next fall. Everyone is on board and targeted to take our business to the next level. Most importantly, I had a great time with my family. We made some great memories that will help sustain me through the busy days of autumn. To maintain this strong bond we will continue to have "mini" vacations and days where we devote the entire time to each other."

What will your answer be when someone asks what you did last summer?

Posted by Karen Lamansky, Director of Marketing

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Products for Repairing Chimney Leaks

May 09, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we know that leaky Chimneys really show themselves in the spring with the increased rainfall amounts. In fact they even carry a guarantee.

Chimney Caps/Top Sealing Dampers are a great way to seal out rain, snow and other types of moisture. A chimney without a cap is like a very large open rain gauge. Caps and chimney top dampers also minimize the intrusion of animals, entry of debris and may have the option of controlling sparks. A chimney top damper, like the Energy Top Plus, also seals in "paid" heated air and air-conditioning that may otherwise escape up your customer's fireplace flue.

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Energy Top Plus

FlashSeal is an effective flashing system that prevents the entry of moisture around leaking flashing. This can prevevnt the removal and repair of the existing flashing saving your customer hundreds.

CrownSeal, CrownCoat and CrownSaver are all effective solutions in sealing the chimney crown. Which product you use depends on the severity of the damage. CrownCoat is an excellent coating when there are hairline cracks or a flexible waterproof membrane is desired. CrownSeal is for thicker cracks and is again a flexible waterproof membrane.CrownSaver is for larger damage areas. It also includes FormFoil which can be applied previous to the CrownSaver to provide a bond break. It also provides waterproof coverage.

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ChimneySaver and Brick After Application

ChimnneySaver is an excellent solution to chimneys with soft mortar and/or soft brick. It penetrates about 1/4" and while it prevents water entry it still allows the chimney to breathe. It is much more cost-effective than repairing the damage caused by freeze/thaw and damaged walls, framing, etc., in the long run.

 

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Ventinox Chimney Liner

One last situation where a chimney may have appeared to leak is when white efflourescence stains the side/area of the chimney where a gas appliance is venting. This is common with "orphaned" water heaters (after installation of a mecahnical vented furnace the water heater is left to vent out the flue by itself) or when a new furnace is vented into the flue but no liner was provided. Every cubic foot of gas burned produces about a cubic foot of water vapor. If this cools too quickly before exiting the flue it can cause damaged wall paper, framing, leaks in the ceiling, white efflourescence stains on the chimney and damage to the chimney. A properly sized chimney liner would be the solution to this problem.

Whatever the problems or syptoms your customer has we can help you with the cure! Click here to contact us or feel free to call us at one of the following numbers: Albany, NY:  877-722-7230 ; Atlanta, GA: 866-450-3111 ; Chicago, IL: 800-722-7230.

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HY-C Chimney Caps - An American Success Story

May 05, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

Lindemann Chimney Supply would like to introduce you to an American success story - our leading chimney cap manufacturer, industry innovators, long-time friends and vendor, HY-C Company. Alan Hisey founded HY-C COMPANY in 1947 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Their first product was an aluminum chimney cover manufactured in Mr. Hisey’s garage. HY-C is still owned by the family; currently the third and fourth generations are working in the business. Today the facilities have expanded from the garage to an entire city block just north of downtown Saint Louis, plus an auxiliary warehouse in south Saint Louis.

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HY-C's Custom Copper Cap

HY-C’s first customers were homeowners serviced by Mr.Hisey’s contracting business. They needed chimney repairs and were sold a chimney cover to prevent or postpone future expenses. HY-C continued to make and sell several models of knocked-down aluminum chimney covers until 1980. At that time the market was changing and consumers were demanding assembled covers that were more substantial. In 1980 the company manufactured its first assembled, black-painted, galvanized chimney cover. A few years later HY-C added the same covers made out of stainless steel. Today they have the capabilities of producing several custom-made covers designed to fit unique or unusual situations. Over time several items were added to the chimney cover line as demand grew, but the company manufactured just one product line - chimney covers.

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HY-C's Innovative Animal Screen

In the late 1990s HY-C made the decision to diversify into other product lines to help grow the business. In 1998 they began manufacturing a line of tubular log racks. In the spring of 1999, HY-C purchased the stoveboard product line from GSW/Jackes-Evans. At the beginning of 2001, they purchased the assets of Liberty Foundry, which added cast iron fireplace grates and other accessories such as andirons and steamer kettles. HY-C is a market leader in all the product lines that they manufacture. They take pride in the quality of their products and the breadth of selection within their product lines.

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HY-C's Grey Tile Stoveboard

Mr. Hisey was a Charter member of and a vital financial resource in the founding of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. HY-C has been a member of the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association since 1980 and the American Hardware Manufacturers Association since 1983. HY-C is a member of several state and local business organizations. The company is also involved with local not for profit community service organizations.

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Top Sealing Chimney Dampers and Bees

May 04, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we like to keep you informed of interesting industry related events. I recently came across this link where the queen bee flew down a fireplace flue and into the house. Of course the hive followed her.

 

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An Energy Top Damper would have prevented a situation like this. Here's just another reason for your customer to purchase an Energy Top from you. Click here to see this article and video.

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Preventing Chimney Leaks - Crown Repairs

May 02, 2011 0 Comments Bloggies by admin

At Lindemann Chimney Supply we have a variety of products to assist you in repairing your customer's leaky chimney crown.

For minor cracks and to protect the chimney crown from further damage, we have CrownCoat. CrownCoat is a premixed, ready to use, “quick dry” crown protection coating. It can be used wherever a lasting waterproof membrane is needed. Just fill larger cracks and voids with patching cement or high quality caulk, then apply two coats of CrownCoat using a 3" or 4" paint brush (not included). First apply a thin coat, then follow with a heavier top coat. It cures completely in 2 – 4 hours and covers about 40 square feet per gallon. It may be colored using standard mortar dye and is sold in 2- and 5-gallon pails. It carries a 15-year warranty.

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Another great option is CrownSeal. It is a ready-to-use trowel grade elastomeric coating that forms a flexible waterproof membrane. It may used on other masonry such as chimney corbels, tops of masonry walls and where a flexible waterproof membrane is needed. Drying time is 6 hours, curing time about 24 hours to a natural concrete/mortar color (or you can use mortar dyes). Available in 2- and 5-gallon pails (about 20 square feet at 1/8" thickness). It carries a ten-year warranty.

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For more advanced damage, CrownSaver is just the ticket. Developed in the early 80’s it is still a preferred system among sweeps. It’s a blend of polymer modified hydraulic cements and powdered water repellents. To apply, first cover the crown with FormFoil, a sticky, rubber backed, aluminum foil flashing (sold separately). Then mix one scoop of CrownSaver with three scoops of clean, fine mason’s sand and water. Trowel over the crown at about 1/2" thickness (1/4" to 2" maximum). Sold in 28-pound pails, coverage averages about 30 square feet at 1/2" thickness. Warranted for ten years.

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Be sure to always inform your customer of crown damage. Leaving a leaky or damaged chimney crown untouched is like having a crack in their roof. Water will continue to find it's way into the chimney leading to more chimney errosion and deterioration. Prevent future damage by repairing their crown.

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