As we approach the spring season, you’ll soon start to put together your to-do list of home maintenance projects. One of the areas of your home that you may notice needs repair is your chimney. However, this type of project isn’t to be taken lightly. Today we’re going to go over all of the information you would want to know about rebuilding a chimney.
The first sign your chimney may need to be rebuilt is crumbling masonry. Mortar joints that are cracked or crumbling will continue to grow into larger problems down the road. Tuckpointing or repointing is the solution to fix this issue.
Other signs to look for include a chimney structure that is physically leaning to one side or another as well as stains. The latter can be on the outside of your chimney or the inside of your home. Stains point to some kind of water-based problem.
Finally, larger cracks that run through multiple layers of masonry are a telltale sign that you should contact a professional ASAP.
There are a handful of things you can do throughout the year to prevent the need to rebuild your chimney. The first is to contact A-1 Chimney Specialist before the start of the cold weather season for a sweep and inspection. A second step is waterproofing your brick and mortar.
Another consideration is to keep an eye on the physical structure. If your chimney cap looks worn or broken or if you notice any crumbling within the masonry or crown, then let our team know ASAP.
Not necessarily. Earlier we mentioned the possibility of tuckpointing or repointing your masonry. This process doesn’t involve the entire chimney system, yet would technically fall under the category of a chimney rebuild. In fact, a complete chimney rebuild would probably be considered a last resort.
Following up on that last statement, there are three different types of chimney rebuilds. Let’s look at each of them briefly.
Deciding which of the three types of chimney rebuilds is right for your home is easier when you’re working with a CSIA-certified chimney firm. That’s where our team comes in! We can help you make the right choice for your home, inspecting, sweeping, and repairing any problems we encounter while setting up a preventative maintenance schedule.
Would you like to learn more? Then contact the team at A-1 Chimney Specialist by calling us at 931-967-3595 (TN) or 256-285-4895 (AL). You can also send us a message via our online contact form.