Although masonry is known for its strength, longevity, and structural integrity it does require professional maintenance and inspection. Masonry structures are known for their stately beauty and require regular maintenance and repair. Read on to learn more about some common types of masonry repair.
Chimney Crown Repair
The crown of the chimney keeps water, animals, and other debris out of your flue. This could not only cause damage to the chimney itself but also the structure of your home. A properly installed chimney crown extends about two inches over the edge and covers the top of the chimney. Depending on the severity of the damage, it may need to be replaced completely. Have a professional come and assess its condition. If they find it to be structurally sound, adding a new layer of crown coat sealant will be sufficient.
Lime-leaching, cracking, and spalling are all issues that could cause the structure of your fireplace to fail. These issues usually happen as a result of water damage. If moisture gets in, freezes and thaws, it compromises the masonry. Before and after the season starts and ends, complete a thorough inspection of your fireplace to ensure it’s in great condition.
Chimney tuckpointing is when a chimney repair expert removes damaged mortar and replaces it with new mortar to maintain the strength and structural integrity of the chimney. It’s important that the new mortar is of the same strength, consistency, and color as the mortar being replaced. Over time, mortar becomes susceptible to natural wear, cracks, and holes from weather and insects.
Your chimney’s firebox is the area where the fuel burns. Therefore, it must be built to sustain high temperatures. Refractory firebrick and mortar are necessary to keep other areas of your home from overheating and igniting. A professional assessment will make sure that those elements are in the condition they should be for safe operation of your chimney.
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