Did you know that some of the worst chimney masonry damage occurs in the winter? If you have noticed cracked or missing bricks from your chimney, it is important to have this damage repaired before colder temperatures arrive. Having these repairs taken care of now will keep the deterioration from getting worse and creating more extensive and expensive damage during the winter. All Seasons Chimney & Masonry is proud to offer experienced chimney masonry repair services, and we can help to protect your chimney throughout the winter season. We would like to tell you more about the type of damage that happens over the winter and how we can keep the structure of our chimney safe and sound.
Why does so much chimney masonry damage occur in the winter?
Since the bricks and mortar of your chimney are naturally porous, they absorb water from rain and melted ice and snow. Moisture gets trapped inside the masonry materials, and this moisture freezes and expands whenever the temperature falls below freezing levels. When this water thaws as the weather warms back up, its force damages the bricks and mortar by causing cracks. Repeated cycles of freezing and thawing leads to the masonry materials breaking apart and falling from the chimney structure. This deterioration can happen quickly and can lead to the collapse of your chimney. This is one of the reasons why the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) calls water the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys.
How can All Seasons Chimney & Masonry help keep my chimney safe and sound?
If you have damaged bricks and mortar, our experienced masons can repair the deterioration by using trusted masonry techniques like tuckpointing. We use specialized tools to remove damaged masonry materials and to replace bricks and mortar to your chimney. We take great pride in matching the existing masonry to make the repairs look unnoticeable. After we have repaired the damaged masonry, we can protect your chimney from future water penetration damage by waterproofing your chimney. Using a 100 percent vapor permeable formula, we will create a barrier against water from penetrating into the bricks and mortar of your chimney. The formula we use will not trap vapors inside the chimney masonry, which could create more cracking and other deterioration. We will also be sure your chimney is protected with a good quality chimney cap and a customized flashing system. You can trust us to be sure your chimney is ready to stand up to cold weather so that your fireplace will work efficiently and safely all winter long.
Is your chimney ready for winter? If you have damaged chimney masonry, contact us at All Seasons Chimney & Masonry to schedule an appointment to have your bricks and mortar joints repaired and protected.