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Repairing your Chimney Masonry

After a cold winter filled with time around your fireplace, does your chimney masonry and fireplace look worn out? Spring is the perfect time to get your chimney’s masonry repaired. Chimney masonry repairs should not be neglected, and you should definitely not trust just anyone with this job. Masonry damage to your chimney exterior are not only ugly in appearance, but they also pose a danger to your chimney and home. The most common types of masonry repair are the following. Let’s learn why it’s a good idea to hire professionals for this job.

Tuckpointing

Repairing your Chimney Masonry - Indianapolis IN - Your Chimney SweepA chimney’s exterior masonry can last for a long time, but the mortar joints that hold the bricks together break down more rapidly because of the moisture from the freeze-thaw cycle. Crumbling mortar joints not only make your chimney look terrible, but they pose danger for your home. It allows water to invade your chimney which can cause further damage, and if they continue to deteriorate, this weakened mortar joints could jeopardize the entire chimney structure, causing it to lean or even collapse. Tuckpointing is a simple and fast way to pinpoint and fix specific broken mortar joints right away.

Chimney crown repair

Chimney crowns seal the top layers of your chimney to prevent water from entering your chimney. Cracks in the crown can allow water to leak down your chimney, creating a leak that is really hard to detect and cause major damages. Chimney crown repair involve sealing cracks.  You can also reconstruct your entire crown so it’s perfectly built to keep water out of your chimney flue.

Firebox repair

The extreme heat from all the fires can cause cracks in your firebox over time. When these cracks worsen, they can cause your firebox to be ineffective. The heat of your fireplace will gain access to the surrounding building materials, potentially causing a fire. A firebox repair or rebuild will restore the integrity of it by either sealing off any cracks or replacing damaged firebricks.

Chimney relining

Due to moisture intrusion and heat from your fireplace, the clay tiles in your liner can crack or crumble over time. Once this happens, your chimney will no longer be able to withstand the extreme heat and constant smoke. Chimney liners are repaired with a specialized poured-in cement or with a metal chimney liner.

Who to trust with masonry chimney repairs

Deteriorating chimney masonry can put your home at risk for water damage or even a fire. Improper repairs can make matters worse or cause the problem to happen again. That’s why you need to find a professional chimney mason you can trust. Your Chimney Sweep has years of experiences, and we also have the proper equipment to repair your chimney. We could love to repair and help meet any of your chimney needs. Schedule an appointment with us at 317-243-9687 and get your chimney masonry repaired today!
By Joe Sauter on April 26th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Schedule Your Chimney’s Waterproofing

Spring can bring a lot of wet weather to the Indianapolis area, and wet weather can definitely cause trouble for your masonry chimney. To protect your chimney and your home from water damages, the most protective measure is to have it waterproofed by a professional.

How water damages your masonry chimney

Schedule Your Chimney’s Waterproofing - Indianapolis IN - Your Chimney SweepMasonry materials — such as bricks, natural stone and rocks, as well as the mortar that holds them together — are porous by nature. That means they absorb and retain water. Over time, that water causes damage, either by weakening the masonry or by freezing and expanding when temperatures change. When your chimney is waterlogged, cracks that let water into your home or your chimney’s interior can form, or the entire chimney structure can weaken to the point where it could become dangerous and unstable. You can prevent this by chimney waterproofing.

How chimney waterproofing protects your chimney

Chimney waterproofing solutions, such as industry leader ChimneySaver Solutions, protect your chimney’s masonry by preventing your chimney’s masonry from absorbing water. These solutions prevent nearly 100 percent of water from entering your chimney’s masonry while still allowing your chimney to breath. That means your chimney is protected from water while still being able to exhaust gas, moisture and other byproducts from your fireplace or heating stove. Waterproofing solutions are so successful that the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends chimney waterproofing as a primary way to protect your chimney from water damage.

Why you should waterproof your chimney in the spring

While waterproofing your chimney will provide an added layer of protection any time of year, spring is the perfect time. In part – because there are a lot of wet weather – and waterproofing your chimney now will save it from all the rain, sleet and late-season snow. Waterproofing your chimney in the spring also means that your chimney’s masonry won’t absorb moisture all spring and summer, this will give the masonry the chance to dry out on hot summer days, so your chimney won’t be filled with water that will freeze and expand later on, which might destroy your chimney’s masonry when cold weather hits.

If you’re ready to protect your chimney’s masonry from water damage, call Your Chimney Sweep to schedule an appointment today! We’ll apply the ChimneySaver waterproofing solution for your chimney, and we’ll inspect your chimney to ensure there were no prior water damage that could allow for more serious issues or jeopardizes your chimney’s structure or function.

By Joe Sauter on April 6th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment