Chimneys are an essential part of our homes, especially during those blustery Canadian Winters! This is why it is vitally important to keep up with proper chimney maintenance and repair over the year. If this has been neglected for too long, or an extreme event caused irreparable damage to your chimney, it may be time to consider getting your chimney rebuilt. Is a chimney rebuild even possible? What does it entail? How do you know it’s time? Don’t worry. We’ve answered all your chimney rebuilding questions here!
When To Rebuild
Oftentimes, broken bricks or deteriorated masonry joints can be repaired with a process called chimney tuckpointing. Tuckpointing involves a stone mason filling in the broken mortar joints in-between the bricks of your chimney. Individual brick repair is also possible if your chimney’s structural integrity is still in tact. But if your chimney has gone past the point of simple tuckpointing and is showing signs of structural vulnerability like broken bricks, water leakage or large cracks, then a chimney rebuild is in your best interest. These issues pose a great threat to your home and family’s safety.
What Is A Rebuild
A chimney rebuilding doesn’t necessarily mean that every part of your chimney needs to be torn down and replaced. In some cases, only the brick work needs to be fixed. In other cases, such as when water damage has occurred, the metal features will have rusted and will need to be replaced with new ones. You will need to have a full inspection done to determine what needs to be replaced. But luckily this will ensure safe operation of your chimney.
How To Prevent The Need For A Rebuild
The best chimney rebuild is the one you can avoid in the first place! To lessen the likelihood of ever needing a chimney rebuild, get started and stay consistent with your annual chimney inspection. A trained professional will be able to prevent, identify, and fix problems before they escalate. An annual cleaning will also ensure your fireplace and chimney are safe to use season after season.
Is your chimney cracked, crumbling, or showing minor signs of damage? It’s important to call a masonry expert as soon as possible. Cummins Restorations will gladly inspect your chimney to ensure that it’s structurally safe and sound. If there’s any cause for concern, our highly skilled masons can help with your chimney rebuild every step of the way!