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Repairing Damaged Masonry

Masonry Repairs Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyDid 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.

Did the Winter Weather Damage Your Chimney?

The lower Hudson Valley area sees its fair share of brutal winter weather, which can be tough on masonry chimneys. Every spring, All Seasons Chimney spends a lot of time repairing chimneys that have been damaged by freezing cold winters. We have over 25 years of experience in fixing winter-related chimney problems, and you can trust us to repair any damage caused by winter’s wrath. We would like to tell you what kind of damage winter causes and how we can repair and prevent these problems from happening next winter.

Did the Winter Weather Damage Your Chimney? Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney Inc.

How does winter damage my chimney?

Have you ever heard of spalling damage? You have probably noticed how many pot holes appear on the roads after a big snow storm. This is a great example of spalling damage. Masonry materials like concrete, bricks, and mortar naturally absorb water, and when the temperature drops below freezing, any water that has been absorbed into masonry materials will freeze and expand. When the weather warms up, this water will thaw, and its force causes the concrete, bricks, and mortar to crack and break apart. With repeated cycles of freezing weather, your chimney can suffer serious damage, and if this spalling damage is left unrepaired, your chimney could be in danger of collapsing. This is just one reason why the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) calls water the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys.

How can All Seasons Chimney repair spalling damage?

We have several experienced masonry technicians who can replace missing bricks and mortar joints using techniques like tuckpointing. You can trust us to reinstate the stability of your chimney’s structure without making the repair work look like a patch-up job.

How can All Seasons Chimney prevent spalling damage from happening next winter?

We offer a few water penetration prevention services that can protect your chimney from spalling damage. We construct and install customized flashing systems that protect your chimney where it meets the roof, which is a very vulnerable area for water leaks. Our CSIA-certified chimney technicians wrap metal sheets around your chimney to form a watertight seal at the roof. The best preventive measure you can take against spalling is to have your chimney waterproofed. We will apply a 100% vapor permeable formula to your entire chimney that creates a barrier against water being absorbed into the bricks and mortar.
Protect your chimney from spalling damage next winter. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule our water penetration preventive services today.