Spotting Chimney Masonry Damage
By Doug Hetsch
September 25, 2016
A great way to stay on top of maintaining your home is to periodically check its exterior for any sort of damage, including problems with the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney. This type of masonry damage should never be neglected because the longer they are left unrepaired, the worse the deterioration can become. As soon as you spot chimney masonry damage, you should call All American Chimney Service to schedule a repair appointment. Our expertly trained chimney masons can replace damaged and missing bricks and mortar joints to keep your chimney from suffering from further water damage. We would like to tell you more about the main cause of masonry damage and how we can repair it to protect your chimney.
What causes chimney masonry damage?
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA),watercauses the most destructive damage to masonry chimneys. Bricks and mortar are porous and naturally absorb water, and over time, this water erodes away the masonry materials. The biggest damage occurs in the winter when the temperature drops below freezing. Any water trapped inside the bricks and mortar will freeze and expand, and when the weather warms up, the force of that water thawing can cause the masonry materials to crack and break apart. Repeated cycles of this freezing and thawing can lead to extensive damage that allows water to easily enter into your home through the chimney.
How can All American Chimney Service help me with chimney masonry damage?
We are proud to have both experienced and skilled masons and chimney repair technicians who work together to repair chimney masonry damage. In fact, our masonry services are in high demand in the Louisville area because of our exceptional quality, attention to detail, and competitive pricing. We use traditional masonry techniques like tuckpointing to replace damaged and missing bricks and mortar to the structure of your chimney. After we repair your chimney, we can protect it from water damage by applying a waterproofing agent to the entire exterior of your chimney.
It is very important to regularly look at the condition of the exterior of your chimney in order spot masonry damage. If you notice any cracked, loose, crumbling, or missing bricks,contactus at All American Chimney Service to schedule our masonry repair services.