Chimneys can last for more than a century, but the time inevitably arrives when a new chimney becomes necessary. But how can you tell when its time for an entirely new chimney, or if you will be able to get by with just a few repairs? We’re here to help! In this post, we’ll provide you with some valuable information on when you should repair versus replace your chimney.
Cracked or Crumbling Masonry
Over time, masonry begins to crack and crumble. If you notice signs of cracking bricks, it may be possible to repair the chimney by replacing a few bricks. The extent of the damage, however, will determine if repairing or replacing is possible. If replacement is necessary, remember that a new chimney designed to your exact taste is a wonderful way to repair a problem while increasing your home’s value!
Mortar has a 25 year lifespan. Unfortunately once it begins to deteriorate, moisture is able to freely enter the masonry system. If, on the other hand, you spot mortar damage early, it’s possible to avoid the need for a new chimney! Tuckpointing is a cost-saving solution for damaged chimney mortar that can prevent the need for chimney replacement.
White staining is a process known as efflorescence and occurs when moisture and salt have penetrated the masonry. The stains are a sign that at least a partial chimney rebuild is necessary. Anytime moisture enters into masonry, a process of destruction has begun, which eventually leads to complete deterioration.
Missing Chimney Cap
Chimney caps may be accessories, but they are crucial in the effort to keep moisture out of the chimney masonry. Rain simply pours right into the chimney system if a chimney cap is missing. Contact a chimney sweep expert to diagnose the condition of your chimney before adding a chimney cap if one has been missing altogether. It’s possible you may need a chimney rebuild before adding a protective chimney cap.
For more than two decades the masons at Cummins Restoration have been providing the highest quality craftsmanship and service to our clients. If you need masonry assistance for your chimney, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (416) 992-7965 or firstname.lastname@example.org.