Chimney sweeping and cleaning are only a part of the maintenance necessary to keep your chimney functioning and working efficiently. Look for top-of-the-line chimney and masonry repair services to fix the structure and/or design of your chimney if it falls into disrepair or gets damaged. There are affordable ways to protect your chimney such as installing a chimney cap or applying chimney water-repellent.
Chimney services may include:
- Full chimney rebuilds
- Crown repair/replacement
- Flashing repair/replacement
- Chimney liner installation/replacement
- Moss removal
- Water sealing/repellant application
- New flue tiles
- Flue liner replacement
- Damper repair/replacement
- Firebox repair/replacement
- Chimney caps
- Interior damage repairs
- Loose bricks and mortar
- Damaged masonry
Water can cause more damage to chimney masonry than fire. While the brick and/or other materials that make up the exterior of your home are protected by the roof and eaves, your chimney is completely exposed to the elements: rain, snow, and freeze/thaw cycles.
Chimneys are usually constructed from materials that suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. A masonry chimney is constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials, including brick, mortar, tile, steel and cast iron. These kinds of materials deteriorate quickly when exposed to the freeze/thaw process. The moisture penetrates the materials often freezes and expands, causing stress to the chimney. Water also causes rust in steel and cast iron, weakening or destroying the metal parts of your chimney.
Water penetration can cause interior and exterior damage to your home and masonry chimney including:
- Spalled and broken brickwork
- Deteriorated metal or masonry firebox assemblies
- Rusted damper assemblies
- Rotted adjacent wood and ruined wall coverings
- Deteriorated central heating system
- Decayed mortar
- Cracked fuel liner systems
When chimneys absorb a lot of water, it can mean the brick and mortar may need more frequent repairs. Also, during freezing temperatures, the moisture in the brick and mortar expands and contracts, creating small hairline cracks and breaking down the mortar joints, crown, and bricks. If left unfixed, the chimney could crumble and/or water has a greater potential of leaking into your home, leading to costly chimney repairs.
Get a pro to seal your chimney to waterproof it against absorbing moisture. Commercial-grade sealer will waterproof your chimney for many years. Water protection is the primary concern where brick chimneys are concerned, and our chimney repair services help repair any damage caused from moisture. By getting sealing service and/or installation of protective features such as chimney caps, flashing, and liners, you can keep your chimney safe from fire and water damage in the future!