Have you looked closely at your chimney in a while? Masonry chimneys are constructed to stand the test of time. However, over time, even a well-built chimney will start to succumb to the elements. Furthermore, if the person that constructed your chimney cut corners, your chimney might have an issue with accelerated deterioration. Chimney issues often develop slowly, which is why it is important to have your chimney inspected at least once a year. At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, we have seen chimneys in all sorts of conditions. Our experienced masons can inspect your chimney and make sure that it is in good condition. If your chimney masonry is starting to crack or crumble, our masons can repair your chimney for you. We want to let you know what you can do to make sure that your chimney is in good working condition, and how we here at Northeastern Masonry and Chimney can help you when issues start to arise.
What causes masonry issues?
There are a number of things that can cause masonry damage. Some acute issues are caused by things like chimney fires, earthquakes, and flooding. However, most masonry issues are drawn out subtlety, over time, with exposure to the elements. Out of all the elements that masonry is exposed to, moisture has the potential to cause the most issues. Although you might not be able to see it, the bricks and mortar that were used to construct your chimney are porous. When it rains, sleets, or snows on your chimney masonry, moisture can seep into these pores and pool inside your masonry. When this happens, moisture can slowly erode your masonry from the inside out. This issue is intensified if it freezes, causing the moisture inside your masonry to expand. If ice expands and there is no room for it to expand to, it can add stress on your brick and mortar, causing it to crack, chip, and crumble.
How do I prevent masonry issues?
The best way to slow the rate of masonry deterioration is to protect it from the elements. At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, we provide a variety of services that can protect your chimney from the elements. Two of the most effective ways to protect your chimney are to make sure that your chimney cap and your chimney crown are in good working condition.
Your chimney cap is often considered your masonry’s first line of defense against moisture. Your chimney cap is a metal cap that sits atop a mesh cage that sits on top of your chimney opening. Its primary job is to deflect rain away from your chimney and prevent rain from falling inside of your chimney. The mesh cage that your chimney cap rests on allows smoke and gases to escape your chimney while protecting it from falling and blowing debris. If your chimney is missing its chimney cap, or it is damaged in some way, it can make it more difficult to protect your chimney masonry from deterioration. At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, our skilled technicians can make sure that your chimney is in fine working condition and if it isn’t we’ll install a new one for you.
Your chimney crown is a sloped edge constructed from mortar that lays around your chimney’s opening. The sloped edge deflects rain from entering your chimney and the mortar protects your brickwork at the top of your chimney where it is especially vulnerable. Just like the rest of your masonry, your chimney crown can start to crack and crumble, making it less effective at protecting your chimney. When this happens, one of the trained, professional masons at Northeastern Masonry and Chimney can fix it for you.
We repair decayed chimneys!
If your chimney is already starting to deteriorate, it needs to be fixed immediately. If you have bricks that are loose, starting to crumble, or missing, this could be making your chimney less efficient, and it could be a serious safety hazard. Gaps in your masonry can allow heat to escape your chimney and transfer to your home’s framework, and cause it to possibly start a fire. Furthermore, loose bricks are a falling hazard that could cause injury if they strike someone. At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, our experienced masons can help you determine the severity of your masonry issues and determine the best strategy to repair them. Using a number of different skills and techniques that we have perfected over the years, our masons will make sure that every single brick in your chimney has been inspected and repaired, making you chimney safe and efficient again.
At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, we want your chimney system to operate efficiently, be safe, and look nice. If you think that you chimney is in need of some repairs, don’t hesitate set up an appointment with one of our expert chimney technicians by calling us at 518-767-9314, or scheduling an appointment online. We look forward to helping you bring your chimney back to life again!