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Chimney Masonry Repairs Are Inevitable & We’re Here To Help!

Some chimney repairs are more common than others, however, all repairs are important. Many homeowners don’t think about chimney system maintenance beyond their usual yearly sweeping and inspection. Unfortunately, ignoring your chimney can cost you big time in the long run, especially if repairs are needed! By addressing potential problems early, homeowners can prevent bigger issues down the road, and small repairs are far less costly than larger ones. The certified professionals at Olde Town Chimney Sweeps are here to handle your masonry repair needs from top to bottom and help you keep your chimney working and looking like new.

Crumbling Mortar Got You Down? 

Your chimney is constantly facing a two-front assault: it’s exposed to the elements on the outside and the heat from your firebox on the inside. As a result, the weathering process is sped up. As such, it isn’t unusual for your mortar to begin to crumble and/or break away. This creates open areas between the bricks, thereby exposing even more surface area to these weathering agents and processes. Repointing (tuck pointing) your chimney might be the recommended solution. During this process, your chimney’s damaged, old and/or loose mortar is carefully removed from the joints between the bricks and replaced with new mortar to reinforce and stabilize it.

Has Your Chimney’s Crown Seen Better Days? 

Your chimney’s crown is a reinforced concrete cap placed over the top of your brick and mortar chimney and it plays a vital role. A properly constructed crown sheds water and serves as a protective covering for your chimney against harsh weather. Your chimney crown is exposed to the same elements that wreak havoc on your chimney itself. As such, it can eventually crack or break and need to be replaced. The replacement will either be cast-in-place, meaning a form is placed on the top of your chimney and filled with cement to the exact specifications required by your particular chimney, or precast, meaning a prefabricated unit is placed atop your chimney with little to no customization involved and/or necessary.

Chimney Flakes Giving You Headaches?

Spalling—the flaking off of a brick surface—is glaringly obvious, as the face of the masonry is missing. When chimneys spall, it’s a sign of severe moisture penetration. Pieces of bricks may be found on the ground or on your roof. Damage can be increased if your crown isn’t poured with an overhang/drip edge, as water that is diverted is allowed to flow straight down the face of your chimney, thereby exacerbating the problem. Spalled bricks cannot be repaired but, instead, must be replaced. After they are replaced, a good waterproofing agent can assist in preventing additional moisture penetration moving forward.

Does Your Chimney Have A Cap?

The main purpose of a chimney cap is to cover your chimney’s opening to keep water, birds and other wildlife, leaves, twigs and other debris from getting into your chimney. Water is directed away from the center and off the sides of your chimney. Birds, other wildlife, leaves, twigs and other debris are blocked from getting into your chimney altogether, thereby preventing it from becoming nature’s very own trashcan, which could irreparably damage the chimney and/or create a huge fire hazard inside. Is your chimney properly equipped with a cap? If not, we can install one for you! Learn more here.

We Can Tackle Any Masonry Repairs

Dealing with masonry repairs can be frustrating, but we’re here to help. Your chimney and fireplace play a large and important role in your home; when issues arise, Olde Town Chimney Sweeps knows you want them taken care of correctly, quickly and affordably. Our expert technicians are dedicated to making your system look and feel like new again.

If your system is in need of repair or you need a chimney inspection to determine the cause of a problem, contact us today. We understand that you, as a consumer, have options when it comes to your chimney and dryer vent service maintenance work, and we want to be the only company you think of whenever those needs arise. We look forward to having the opportunity to assist you!

 

Waterproofing your chimney is a great way to resolve moisture problems and damage to your masonry system. Find out more about this type of chimney repair by talking to one of our skilled team members.






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