Couple needs help with deteriorating chimney - WNEM TV 5

Couple needs help with deteriorating chimney

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan couple needs some help with a chimney repair.

One look at Frank and Nyla Talik's brick chimney indicates it's about ready to fall apart. The couple is concerned rain water may start seeping into their house.

The Taliks are in their early 70s and Frank can't make such a repair like he could in the past.

"My knees aren't as good as they used to be. It's getting harder for me to go up and down stairs," he said.

It's estimated the repairs could cost more than $2,000 and that's cash that's hard to come by for the Saginaw couple.

"We're on a fixed income and we just can't afford to get it fixed," Nyla Talik said.

The Taliks also worry a brick may fall through the roof and hurt someone or damage a vehicle.

Frank Talik has even stored some old bricks from the chimney to save money on repair costs.

The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year and that's how long they've lived in their house. Recently they had some car problems so they are trying to scrape up enough money to pay for that.

The couple said their homeowners insurance won't cover the chimney repairs.

"The insurance company said at first that they might be able to take care of it, but now they can't, that the chimney is so old it's from deterioration," Nyla Talik said.

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