There are many parts to your chimney: the bricks and mortar, the chimney liner, the chimney crown, the flashing, and the firebox just to name a few. It is very important to keep each part of them well maintained; so you can have a safe and efficient chimney and fireplace to use all winter long. The best way to make sure that everything is in top working condition is to schedule your chimney to be inspected and cleaned on an annual basis by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep like the pros at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair.
The Causes of Masonry Damage
The first thing we look at is the condition of the bricks and mortar of your chimney. Mortar can become weak and crumbly over time withstanding constant harsh elements of nature. If your bricks or mortar are in bad condition, the structural integrity of your chimney is very much at risk.
Precipitation is the number one enemy of bricks and mortar. Because they are porous materials, and when it rains or sleets or snows, the precipitation settle in the pores. During a cold winter, that precipitation can freeze and expand, which makes the pores larger and allowing more precipitation to get in. This cycle, over time, can cause damage to the structure of your chimney. This is also a dangerous situation because it will cause your fire to not burn properly. Then it could lead to excessive creosote build-up inside your chimney, increased water damage to the interior of your home, or greater amounts of carbon monoxide or other chemicals that could cause serious health problems. If there are any issues with the bricks or mortar, you’ll want to take care of the problem right away!
What Can You Do About Masonry Damage
At Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair, we know exactly what to do about mortar damage, through a process called tuckpointing. During this process, we’ll remove the damaged and flaking mortar that’s causing the problems and replace it with new mortar. This may not sound like a difficult process, but in truth, it is a process you definitely want to entrust to experts. We have the right tools and know all the proper techniques to make sure that the new mortar matches the old. And most importantly, we ensure the structure of your chimney is strong and secure.
Take Care Now so You Don’t Have to Worry Later
Give us a call today so we can check out the condition of your mortar and go ahead repair any damages right away. When the weather turns cold and it’s time to start building fires again, you’ll be glad you did!