Chimney Repair and Rebuilding

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Chimney repair or rebuilding is an important process for any homeowner to consider. Properly functioning chimneys are essential for the safe and efficient operation of fireplaces, furnaces, and other heating systems. If you’re considering chimney repair or rebuilding, it’s important to know what to look for and how to go about addressing any issues. This is something that you can do yourself or you can hire a chimney professional from United Masonry & Hardscape to come out and perform a free chimney assessment.

First, it’s important to inspect the exterior of the chimney. Look for loose or missing mortar, missing bricks or stone, and any signs of deterioration or water damage. If there is evidence of any of these issues, repairs may be needed. If there are any major cracks or other structural damage, rebuilding may be necessary. We are experts at assessing the current damage to your chimney and helping you to develop an affordable and reasonable plan of action.

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It’s also important to check for any blockages or build-up of creosote in the chimney. Creosote is a by-product of burning wood and can accumulate in the chimney over time, becoming a fire hazard. If there is any build-up, it should be removed by a professional chimney sweep.

If your inspection determines that you will, in fact, need chimney repairs you will need to determine if it is a DIY situation with minor repairs or if you need to call one of our chimney repair specialists to come and provide a free quote. For minor repairs, such as replacing missing mortar or bricks, you may be able to do the work yourself. Start by cleaning the existing mortar and then use a trowel to put new mortar in place. If you need to replace bricks or stone, use a hammer and chisel to remove any damaged material, then use a trowel to apply the new mortar.

For more significant damage or if you’re doing a full rebuild, you may want to contact a professional. One of our chimney repair and rebuilding professionals can assess the damage and make sure the job is done correctly and safely. They will also have the necessary tools and materials to complete the job.

No matter what type of repair or rebuild you’re doing, it’s important to make sure all work is done to the highest standards, following all building codes and safety regulations. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Remember, our chimney assessments and estimates are always free! Proper maintenance and repair of your chimney is essential for keeping your home safe and efficient.

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What Causes Chimney Damage?

All year long, your chimney is exposed to a variety of weather conditions. The main concern is water damage. Liquids leak in between the bricks from melting ice and snow or precipitation. When the water freezes and thaws again throughout the freeze-thaw cycle, it results in a phenomenon called spalling. When spalling occurs, your masonry will eventually need services for reconstruction.

Brick or stone that has been spalled on its surface will pop, peel, or flake. This can eventually lead to the masonry crumbling. Leaks and water damage within the house might result from cracked masonry work as well. Usually, damaged masonry needs total reconstruction. Both the interior and exterior of your chimney are impacted by moisture. Even the inside metal components might rust as a result of water.

Your mortar joints could be badly impacted by the weather that comes with changing seasons, leading to cracking or disintegration. The presence of gaps between bricks is a typical indicator of this. Additionally, you might see some cracking. Damaged mortar joints allow moisture to enter your chimney, which causes the aforementioned issues.

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