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The process of tuckpointing

When it comes to restoring chimneys, tuckpointing is among the most common repairs. However, only a few people truly understand the tuckpointing process or the benefits of restoring a chimney with tuckpointing.

What is tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is a centuries-old process for restoring chimneys or upgrading chimney aesthetics. It involves removing existing chimney mortar joints and replacing them with new and fresh mortar. Often, a contrasting color is used to emphasize the crispness of the mortar joints and enhance the appearance of the chimney.

Why do people have their chimneys tuckpointed?

The most common reason for chimney tuckpointing is the deterioration of the mortar joints between your chimney bricks. While the bricks are durable and last for decades, mortar joints are far less durable. Exposed to moisture and freezing temperatures, mortar joints will begin to deteriorate and crumble away.

Crumbling mortar joints are problematic for many reasons. First, they are unsightly. A chimney with crumbling mortar joints can deteriorate the curb appeal of a home. As mortar joints crumble away, they open up cracks in the chimney which allow water to gain entry to the chimney’s interior. This can lead to further deterioration of the chimney, chimney flue, fireplace or even your home’s structure. If damaged mortar joints are ignored over time, this can lead to  weakening of the overall chimney structure and eventually could cause a collapse.

What are the benefits of tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing your chimney removes ugly, crumbling mortar joints and replaces them with crisp and clean mortar joints instantly. It also stabilizes your chimney structure. It is also an important step to protect your chimney, fireplace, and home from long-term water damage. The benefits of tuckpointing are not only about upgrading your chimney, it’s a necessity when it comes to preserving your chimney’s integrity.

How can you tell if your chimney requires tuckpointing?

When it comes to tuckpointing, the mortar joints will look obviously crumbling. The chimney will also benefit aesthetically from tuckpointing. You can tell if tuckpointing is a necessity by gently scraping your mortar joints with a stick or screwdriver. If the mortar crumbles away under pressure, your mortar joints are failing and should be restored.

Who can you call for tuckpointing?

If it’s obvious that your chimney requires tuckpointing or you’re worried about your chimney, then call us at 317-243-9687 to schedule an appointment with Your Chimney Sweep today. Our chimney experts can assess your mortar joint, and restore your chimney with tuckpointing if it’s needed or desired.

By Joe Sauter on June 14th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment