Masonry chimneys are durable and strong enough to last a lifetime. However, even the most well-built chimneys suffer from damage and deterioration. As stated by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), water from the elements cause the greatest amount of chimney masonry damage. Masonry materials are naturally porous, so they absorb water from rain, ice, and snow. Any absorbed moisture leads to erosion damage, or spalling. For the past 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has seen the importance of repairing damaged chimney masonry in a timely fashion. As soon your bricks and mortar joints start to spall, water penetrates into the chimney. If masonry damage is left unrepaired, there is a high risk of serious structural damage. Spotting common damage early is the key to prolonging the life of the chimney system. We would like to tell you more about spalling and how we can help you solve this common problem.
What exactly is spalling?
According to the CSIA, a lot of spalling damage happens during the coldest months of the year. Once the temperature falls below freezing, any water trapped inside the bricks and mortar joints freezes and expands. When the weather warms back up. the force of the water thawing causes the masonry materials to crack and break apart, or spall. Repeated freeze/thaw cycles over the winter can lead to loosening bricks and mortar joints and falling from the chimney. Any holes and gaps left behind from this deterioration will let water from the heavy spring and summer rains to easily leak into your chimney and home to cause even more damage and destruction.
How does All Seasons Chimney repair damaged chimney masonry?
Our CSIA-certified and trained chimney technicians are also experienced with professional chimney masonry construction and repair techniques. We take care of spalling damage by using classic techniques like tuckpointing, named from the tools used to remove and replace damaged masonry materials. We use a customized Portland cement-based mortar mix to match the color and composition to the existing mortar as close as possible. Not only will your chimney look as good as new, but it will also be structurally safe and sound..
To prevent spalling damage this winter, All Seasons Chimney recommends our professional waterproofing services. If you spot any type of damaged chimney masonry, we can stop further deterioration and restore the integrity of your chimney’s structure. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney masonry repair services.