Chimney Repair Columbia Heights MN
Whatever the style or age, chimney’s will certainly at some point encounter degeneration which can bring about the necessity for repair services and maintenance. Tiny situations for example, a bird’s nest in one of your chimneys can result in substantial damage which can eventually be somewhat expensive. Dayco General provides every kind of chimney repair.
Prior to exploring chimney repairs, it is crucial to evaluate the structural form of the chimney as this is the grounds of the preliminary procedures. The brick and mortar should not allow rain or other elements to seep into the chimney’s composite structure.
Expert repairs are needed when you feel that the scope of the deterioration is above and beyond what you can easily handle. Inspection by our CSIA certified experts will supply you with a report which offers appropriate maintenance procedures.
Swollen bricks or swollen mortar joints can cause the chimney to lean and lose its stability. Masonry swelling results from age and water leaks in the structure. Both brick and mortar are relatively water resistant when they are brand-new, but without the routine service treatment of a waterproofing sealant, this quality is gradually lost in time and toward the end of their life span the moisture absorbency of masonry escalates considerably. This often leads to increasingly rapid expansion damage during our freeze/thaw.
Older brick and mortar that has been through many freeze/thaw cycles, notably on chimneys that have a leaking cap that has allowed water to both the interior and exterior of a wall, can swell drastically causing an easy to see (sometimes hazardous) lean as time goes by. Surprisingly, a chimney that leans due to this process will often tip away from the sun. In the Northern hemisphere this means an older chimney with severe freeze/thaw expansion damage will lean toward the North because the sunny side will have a broader depth of temperature variation and even more frequent fluctuations in the freeze/thaw phenomena. We have seen tall chimneys that were leaning so precariously that we suggested non-occupancy of areas below the hinge point of the chimney until repairs could be made.
Spalled brick is a very common damage found in chimneys.
Missing mortar joints should be thoroughly repointed with new
mortar to minimize further damage to the chimney structure.
Also, note that unforeseen damage can possibly be caused by pressure washers and sandblasters. High-pressure sprayers and sandblasting can remove a portion of the brick and mortar surface area. Care must be taken if pressure washing becomes important. Stay clear of using a machine that is overpowered for the job or getting too near to the surface of the masonry with the spray tip. Sandblasting should only be undertaken by a knowledgeable contractor.
Regardless of many essential preventative measures, if you find any cracks, signs of degeneration, crumbling mortar in the chimney, it is time to get call our pros here at Dayco General for a chimney inspection to assure the safety and security of your home. Ignoring masonry chimney issues may possibly be downright costly and dangerous for your family.