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Posts Tagged ‘ chimney repair ’

Why do Chimney Bricks Crack?

Friday, August 12th, 2022
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Do you wonder why your chimney bricks crack?

Do you wonder why your chimney bricks crack? Over time, bricks need maintenance to keep them in good condition. It’s only natural for brick chimneys to form cracks due to weather, regular use, and other elements. The inside walls of a chimney are not always visible, letting early cracks and signs of alarming discoloration to become unnoticed. That’s why it’s essential to inspect your chimney routinely. This article explains why chimney bricks crack and provides possible solutions for maintaining your brick chimney functioning well. (more…)

Reasons for Chimney Fires and How to Prevent them

Friday, July 8th, 2022
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Free burning and slow-burning are two types of chimney fires.

When was the last time your chimney was professionally inspected and maintained? Your chimney is a vital feature in your home, particularly during winter. While chimneys do provide a chance for a warm and cozy fire, they can also cause dangerous chimney fires without proper attention. This article will explain the causes of chimney fires and how to prevent them. (more…)

4 Signs Your Chimney Needs Masonry Repair

Friday, August 20th, 2021
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Failing to identify a problem quickly can lead to more expensive repairs down the road.

Chimneys and fireplaces are lovely features to include in your home, especially if you live in colder areas. But, it is essential to take care of your chimney. There are many things that can go wrong with your chimney, especially if you do not remedy any potential issues. Failing to identify a problem quickly can lead to more expensive repairs down the road. Here are some signs that your chimney may need masonry repair.


How to Tell if a Chimney Needs Repair or Replacement

Friday, January 18th, 2019

How to Tell if a Chimney Needs Repair or Replacement

You may not spend a lot of time thinking about your chimney.

You may not spend a lot of time thinking about your chimney. Even if you do, the average homeowner doesn’t know a lot about chimneys, how they’re built, or when they fail. But if a chimney does fail or deteriorate, it can be a huge safety issue. A failing chimney is a fire risk. So how can you know if it is time to get your chimney repaired, or even replaced if it is needed? Here are some signs that you can be on the lookout for so you know when to call in the professionals. (more…)

Signs That Your Chimney May Need Repairs

Friday, May 18th, 2018


If your chimney is damaged, it could lead to water damage and even cause a fire hazard.

You may not check your chimney often, but it is a good idea to do so every now again to make sure it is still in good shape. With varying weather conditions,  you never know when damage could have been done. A damaged chimney can be dangerous and lead to fire hazards, so you don’t want to ignore it. Here are some signs that your chimney may need repairs.

Damaged Mortar Joints

Mortar is what holds bricks together. If the mortar joints are damaged, that could mean the chimney is severely damaged because it exposes the bricks to more moisture. If water gets into the small cracks in masonry, they can become larger. If  you don’t address this problem, your chimney could eventually collapse.

Rusted Firebox

If you see rust on the firebox or damper, that is a sign that moisture is getting to the chimney. If the damper becomes harder to operate, that could be a sign that it is rusting so you want to take a closer look if this occurs. Rusting can lead to the flue tiles cracking, which is very dangerous because it allows more heat to come in, which could cause a fire.

Spalling Bricks

Spalling is when water gets into the brick (or any masonry material) and causes the surface of the masonry to peel off. This is easier to spot than the other signs because pieces of masonry will begin to fall off. You want to address this as soon as you notice it because the chimney will eventually crumble completely.

Cracked Crown

The top of the chimney is one of the most important parts because it is the first layer of protection against the elements. Cracks in the crown allows water to get in and will eventually make the cracks larger, leading to spalling. You can prevent this altogether by waterproofing the chimney crown or the entire chimney.

Contact Del Prete Masonry Today For Your Masonry Needs

If you are ready to upgrade your home or commercial building with professional masonry installation or replacement, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.