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Masonry Repair Questions

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Spring is upon us, which means now is the ideal time to focus on any needed repairs in your masonry. If you have been trying to schedule this type of work throughout the winter and are finding little success in doing so, it is likely because masonry fixes in cold weather often do not turn out well. Learn more about this and other common questions associated with masonry repairs below.

Masonry Repair Questions - Glocester VA - Olde Town ChimneyWhy Wait Until Spring?

Many realize that springtime is ideal for masonry repairs, but few know why this is so. It has to do with allowing the masonry to cure once the mortar is applied. If the temperatures are too low, the mortar will likely freeze before it has set properly, meaning all the work that was done was for nothing. Once warmer weather has arrived, chimney professionals will be much more willing to come out and focus on any masonry work that you need completed.

How Can I Prevent Damage?

Waterproofing your masonry work will help immensely as far as ensuring that your chimney stays sturdy. When moisture enters the brickwork, it can cause a lot of damage throughout time. Brick absorbs moisture easily, and the freeze/thaw process will cause the chimney to eventually settle, leaving you facing an unsteady structure and a lot of potential damage. Moisture also causes rust, stains, and other forms of deterioration that will cause your chimney to crumble over time.

Do I Need A Chimney Cap?

When it comes to keeping your masonry protected, a chimney cap is a fairly inexpensive way to prevent further damage. It keeps rain out, prevents animals from entering, and minimizes the risk of excess debris building up and blocking up your chimney. Have a professional inspect your chimney and find the right chimney cap based upon your specific needs. By hiring an expert to install the chimney cap, you can rest assured that everything has been done properly and that your chimney and masonry will stay protected for years to come.

Should I Hire A Professional?

Many question whether or not hiring a chimney expert is worth the additional cost. When it comes down to it, hiring a professional is a better investment and will end up saving the homeowner a lot of money throughout time. Especially when it comes to masonry, if repairs and preventative treatments are not done correctly, the potential damage one faces will end up costing a lot more than simply hiring a professional in the first place. If a chimney is not properly protected, it will eventually deteriorate making it unsuitable for use. If left unaddressed for too long, it may collapse or tilt, meaning a lot of time and money will be spent on home repair. Give Olde Town Chimney Sweeps a call today and schedule an inspection. Our experts will clean and inspect your fireplace and offer sound advice as far as any necessary repairs. Do not hesitate as now is the ideal time for masonry repair.