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Northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin are known for bitter winters. Add to that wind the freezing temperatures and snow, and you will understand what it means to be cold. After a long day of shoveling out your vehicles and making sure your driveway and sidewalks are cleared after a massive snowstorm has hit, one sure way to clear up that bone-chilling cold is to sit in front of a crackling fire. If you’re one of the lucky ones in the Northern Illinois, Huntley, area that owns a fireplace, then you should also know that the best company to take care of that fireplace is Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair.

Caring For All Your Chimney Needs:

Inspection and Cleaning

When you own a fireplace, there are basic services that need to be taken care of on a regular basis. One of these things, as recommended by the Chimney Safety Institutes of America?is to have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis. This inspection will show whether there is any repair work that needs to be taken care of, and also if there is a creosote build-up that needs to be cleaned. Creosote builds up faster the more often you use your fireplace, and if you live in the Chicagoland area, you know that you use your chimney enough to get a thick build-up over the course of a year. CSIA also emphasizes the importance of using a CSIA certified inspector and sweep like those working at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair.

Chimney Repair

There are many things that can cause damage to your chimney. One of those you need to worry about in the cold northern Illinois weather is the freeze/thaw cycle. Mortar is the material that holds your chimney together, and it also happens to be a very porous material. Over time, precipitation (snow, sleet, or rain) can permeate this mortar and, when the temperature drops, that moisture will freeze and expand, which will cause the cracks to expand. This is an ongoing process, with the cracks getting larger and larger. In fact, according to, it needs about ten percent extra space to handle the expansion that occurs. That’s a lot of damage that can take place over the course of a winter. Jiminy Chimney is well equipped to handle all your chimney repair and replacement needs.

Chimney Caps

One underestimated part of your chimney is the chimney cap. A chimney cap is used to keep things out of your chimney; in the summer months, this could mean paper, dry leaves, and twigs, or even animals or birds looking to build nests. It also can keep moisture out, and this is pretty important, especially considering the cold weather and the freeze-thaw cycle you?ll experience in the Chicago and Huntley area. If your chimney cap is in disrepair  or maybe you don’t even have a chimney cap  then your chimney is more susceptible to break down.

Great Service

If you live in the Northern Illinois vicinity, then you’ll need technicians who understand the rigors of a fierce winter. Trust the experts who go through it with you every winter  Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair.