What is a Spalled Brick?

Have you noticed falling or missing bricks from your chimney? This can be an issue called spalling. Spalling happens often to masonry chimneys, retaining walls, and more. Small cracks lead to bigger cracks, leading to significant deterioration that requires professional masonry work.

What Causes Spalling

Moisture penetrates the brickwork. Depending on your climate and the weather conditions, the exterior condition of your brick can deteriorate considerably over time. The masonry work suffers more in harsher climates. Colder climates cause spalling due to the rapid freeze and expansion during the winter months. Leaks can cause serious spalling. Pressure washers and careless sandblasting further damage your brickwork.

In some cases, the spalling has been caused by reusing older bricks during construction. Older bricks are more porous. These leaves them much more susceptible to moisture and damage. Be sure to use a quality licensed professional when addressing your chimney needs.

Fixing the Problem

If you have allowed your chimney to deteriorate for a long period of time, you may need professional contractors to inspect and repair your chimney. This can include costly work like an entire chimney replacement. Catch the problem before it reaches a crucial tipping point and you can save considerably. Your contractor may have to replace the crown or simply replace and seal the bricks. A chimney cap can add extra protection against future damage.

Preventative Measures

If your chimney is not damaged, take a few preventative steps to avoid damage. Yearly inspections can result in early detection for chimney issues. Monitor trouble spots. Apply masonry sealant to prevent additional issues. Install a quality chimney cap. Contact a professional if you find that bricks are falling or that there has been leaking and moisture in the brickwork.

Cummins Restoration has a long history of quality masonry in the Greater Toronto Areas since 1992. Our family owned business is fully licensed and insured. Let our friendly staff help you inspect and repair your chimney. Contact us today.

3 Dangerous Signs of Structural Damage

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Major structural issues with your home can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Fortunately, quality masonry techniques and early detection can help save you thousands of dollars and the structural integrity of your home. Look for these key issues in your home:

1. Cracks

No, not every crack means that you have serious structural damage. However, certain types of damage are more serious. Small cracks can be repaired with professional masonry techniques. However, look for stair-step cracks, large cracks along foundation walls, and large cracks in the sheetrock. If you have these glaring problems, then call our professionals today. We will provide you with an inspection and estimate for work needed.

2. Doors and Windows That Won’t Open

Over time your house will naturally settle and shift. However, if you find that the doors are jammed you might have a serious structural issue. Because the walls and foundation are shifting, the doors and windows no longer fit in their frames. This results in jammed windows and doors. Besides providing a fire hazard and safety issue for your family, this also might indicate that you have a serious structural issue in your home. You need a professional inspection to determine if you have structural problems.

3. Chimney Pulls Away from Home

When you purchase or own an older home, the chimney may begin to shift as the house settles. When a home has serious structural damage, the chimney itself may detach from the home. In more extreme cases you can see the lean just by standing outside the home. However, you might need a professional to check the chimney in the earlier stages. Remember that you want to address foundation issues much sooner than later to save time and damage to your home. If you suspect your chimney has been compromised because of foundation issues, call a professional immediately.

Foundation repair is possible. If you catch the issues earlier, you might be able to avoid a large expense and headache. Have us inspect your home today. With years of experience in masonry and home restoration, we guarantee that we can repair your foundation. Enjoy your home for decades to come with quality foundation repair.

How Do You Fix Decaying Bricks?

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Beautiful brick homes require little maintenance. They provide aesthetic beauty and security. However, sometimes you need chipped brick repair to maintain the look and structural integrity of your home. What are some ways to fix decaying brick? What do you look for? Let’s find out.

Crumbling and deteriorating brick is a common issue. However, a simple surface repair will not fix any underlying moisture problem. Chipped brick repair, tuckpointing, and masonry by a professional will ensure that your home maintains structural integrity and its overall elegance.

What Causes Decaying Bricks?

The number one reason that bricks chip and deteriorates over time is moisture. Bricks close to the ground will deteriorate over time due to ongoing splashing and puddling. When a home has poor drainage, water will add further damage to bricks. Mortar turns sandy. Bricks chip, break and crack. In cold climates, frost will break and crumble bricks.

Prevention

If you want to avoid costly repairs and damage, then keep your brick walls dry. Avoid any sort of puddling of water near the foundation. Repair drainage issues. Keep hoses and water sources away from the brick. Inspect the mortar over time. Watch for ground sloping towards the home. This will cause water to move closer to your foundation. Gutter leaks can cause damage. Check downspouts for debris. Essentially, keep your brick walls as dry as possible.

Repair

Have a professional inspect any damage to bricks, walls, and foundation. Remember that simply fixing the bricks aesthetic look will not address serious structural problems. When remortaring, be sure to remove any damaged materials. Check for structural problems. Tuckpointing is a temporary fix for eroding brick. However, tuckpointing only helps the issue on a surface level. Whatever the type of repair, be sure to remove all of the damaged areas. Don’t leave any loose mortar between joints. Simple repairs and patching can be done by the handy homeowner. However, most serious issues can be addressed by a professional masonry company.

Call our experienced professionals today. We will help you assess your damaged brick walls and provide you with high-quality repair and installation.