Signs Your Chimney Needs Work
Here are a few things to look out for:
Cracks: Even a small crack in your home’s masonry or brickwork demands attention. If cracks are left unattended, water infiltration will likely lead to far more damage and expensive repairs later on. Cracks let water in during heavy rains and snowstorms and can lead to bowed or bulging bricks.
Missing Masonry: If you notice missing mortar in between bricks or stones, it’s time to call Fire Water Restoration Chicago. Brick walls generally need to be repointed every 15 to 20 years, but if your mortar is applied improperly, it can lead to early wear. This is why it’s important when installing a fireplace with masonry, that you hire a professional to do the job.
Chimney damage: When you have a fireplace and chimney with masonry, make sure you take a look at the chimney every once in a while. Don’t let your chimney deteriorate. Damaged chimneys are a fire hazard. If you see flaking or spalling, brick, cracks in the chimney crown, bits of flue tile piling up at the bottom of your chimney, a rusted firebox (or damper), or deteriorating mortar, call as soon as possible.
Bowed Brick: Bowed bricks occur when the bricks either jut out or cave in. Most of the time, it’s caused by moisture that has seeped behind the brick. When this happens, our mason will remove the affected bricks or stones, assess and fix the damage behind the stones, and rebuild that section of the outer wall with new bricks.
Mortar Deterioration: This is when the mortar between your bricks starts to buckle and disintegrate. With no healthy buffer between bricks, they loosen up and rub up against each other causing damage and warping. This leads to high repair costs that can be prevented if it is caught early on. Our mason can replace or reinforce the mortar, which is simpler and faster than a rebuild.
What is Masonry?
“Masonry” refers to the units of material that make up a chimney. It can refer to marble, stone, concrete, granite, limestone, and more. Masonry repair and construction come in when the structure of masonry deteriorates, as it naturally will over time. Repair includes upkeep, replacement, and looking after any of the materials that make up your chimney. Fire Water Restoration Chicago has masons on staff who can repair the brick and mortar on your fireplace and keep you protected from fires, and costly damage that can occur to your fireplace.
When Do I Know I Need Masonry Repair?
When it comes to the masonry around your home, it’s important to make sure that when you see small problems, to get them repaired early on. This way they are less likely to cause more expensive and inconvenient problems down the road. When it comes to your masonry lasting you for years to come, it’s important to be proactive about repair and catching potential issues early on.