Common Issues Addressed During Chimney Masonry Repair
In addition to regular chimney maintenance, we at Boston’s Best Chimney offer Chimney Masonry Repair Services. The warm weather months are the perfect time to turn your attention to any repairs that your chimney might need because during the cold winter months, it is more of a challenge to work with mortar outdoors. Click here to read more about masonry work and weather. Our Boston area Chimney Masonry Repair Services include Chimney Rebuilds, Chimney Pointing, and Waterproofing.
For chimney rebuilds, we remove and dispose of old and decayed brick, replacing it with new brick and mortar. This makes your chimney strong again, while giving you the opportunity to give it a fresh new look. When repointing chimneys, the mortar between the brick is ground out and replaced with new mortar. This is a great option when the bricks are still in good condition and can prevent water leaks and save you thousands. Finally, when waterproofing chimneys, we coat your chimney in a professional-grade waterproofing product that allows water vapors to escape, preventing spalling, scaling, deterioration, and freeze-thaw damage.
Are you interested in having Chimney Masonry Repair work done to your Boston area chimney? Our team at Boston’s Best Chimney has been serving the Boston, Waltham, and Greater Boston community since 1989. Our team of skilled professionals is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and we are here to serve you. Click here or call (781) 893-6611 to contact us.
Now, we’ll discuss some signs that your chimney needs masonry repair.
Do You Need Chimney Masonry Repair?
The bricks of your chimney are the first line of defense to the elements and a main part of what protects your chimney. To ensure that your chimney is secure, we recommend getting it inspected annually and swept as needed. It is also important to be alert and aware as a homeowner. Here are some warning signs to look out for:
Signs that You Need Chimney Masonry Repair
Bricks That Are White
The white staining on your bricks is also known as efflorescence. It is a sign that there is too much moisture in the masonry. The white that you see is when water is absorbed into the bricks causing salt and minerals to rise to the surface. Since moisture is the main culprit of many chimney issues, you should call a professional to address the issue before it leads to bigger more expensive repairs.
If the mortar between the bricks of your chimney is starting to chip and recede, chimney pointing might be the solution for you. The mortar is normally where you’ll first start to notice chimney decay and deterioration can be slowed by promptly remedying the condition. The compromised mortar joints will allow moisture into your chimney and expedite the breakdown. Get in touch with us to discuss chimney repointing if you notice missing mortar in your chimney.
Crumbled Brick and Mortar
If you see that the brick and mortar of your chimney are crumbling and that the bricks are cracked, most likely spalling is taking place. Another common sign of spalling is when the front face of the brick pops off. Spalling happens for a variety of reasons including, water damage, subpar building materials, old age, and even damage caused by extreme weather. We recommend having your chimney replaced when its brick and mortar are beyond repair.
Regardless of which solution is best for your chimney, waterproofing the masonry after the repair is a good idea. Here at Boston’s Best Chimney we use a commercial grade waterproofing that when applied, prevents water molecules from penetrating while still allowing water vapors to evaporate. Meaning, it will not trap water in the masonry and cause internal damage. It’s VOC compliant, non-glossy and a no brainer to protect your investment.
Get Your Boston Area Chimney Repaired
Is your Boston area chimney in need of masonry repair? Boston’s Best Chimney is a full service chimney company and we are here to serve you. Click here or call (781) 893-6611 to get in touch with us today!