4 Most Common Chimney Repairs Needed in Your Home

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As the summer draws to an end homeowners need to consider chimney repair. Why? You want to feel confident when you use your fireplace and chimney this winter. Avoid wasting money on energy costs and save yourself the problem of a fire hazard by taking care of issues like spalling brick repair, chimney sweeping, and chimney inspection.

1 Masonry Repair

Repair serious chimney issues with tuckpointing.  What is tuckpointing? Tuckpointing involves taking two different kinds of mortar to make a chimney look like new. Tuckpointing helps prevent fire and prevents issues like moisture causing damage. Other issues to consider are whether you need spelling brick repair or need to relining the chimney.

2 Chimney Cap

If you want to protect your home from moisture and debris, you need a chimney cap.  However, a cracked chimney cap can cause serious water damage. Consistent water damage may result in structural damage to your chimney. Critters and birds can make a nest in your chimney. Avoid this problem by repairing your Chimney cap.  The seasoned experts at Cummins Restoration offer professional chimney inspection you can trust.

3 Relining a Chimney

If you have a crack in the flue of the chimney you might have a very serious fire hazard. Modern flue liners allow gas and smoke to vent. A cracked liner spreads a fire easily. Clay liners can crack as well. You may want to consider installing stainless steel liners. If you suspect a crack in the flue, call the masonry experts at Commons restoration.

4 Chimney Inspection

Don’t wait until the winter comes to repair the chimney. Protect your family and save energy when you repair your chimney.  Don’t let a little problem grow into a major issue. Call Cummins Restoration today to inspect your chimney. We offer a wide variety of masonry services:

  • Tuckpointing
  • Chimney Repair
  • Chimney Inspection
  • Parging
  • Brick Repair
  • And so much more

Find out why we have been serving the Greater Toronto Area for decades. Homeowners trust us to provide high-quality workmanship and excellent customer service. Contact Cummins Restoration today.

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.