Chimney Repair Deephaven MN
Prior to delving into chimney repairs, it is crucial to look at 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 infiltrate the chimney’s composite structure.
Deterioration to chimneys may be brought on by several factors. Nevertheless, the scope and size of repairs is most generally a factor of the age of the structure but can also be brought on by harsh weather (falling tree limbs or lightning strikes) or a chimney fire. Problems brought on by deteriorating mortar, excess moisture within the chimney, or a chimney fire will weaken clay tile liners and the brick, it is extremely important that chimneys are inspected from time to time. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends yearly chimney inspection. In the Twin Cities Metro area our excessive freeze/thaw cycles adds even more weight to the demand for routine inspections.
Qualified repairs are needed when you feel that the scope of the deterioration is over and above what you can adequately 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 maintenance 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 raises significantly. This often leads to increasingly rapid expansion damage during our freeze/thaw.
Older brick and mortar that has been through many freeze/thaw cycles, particularly on chimneys that have a leaking cap that has allowed water to both the interior and exterior of a wall, can swell considerably causing an observable (sometimes unsafe) lean as time goes by. Remarkably, a chimney that leans due to this process will usually 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 a lot more frequent fluctuations in the freeze/thaw phenomena. We have seen tall chimneys that were leaning so precariously that we strongly recommended 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 properly repointed with new mortar to minimize further damage to the chimney structure.
We have seen chimneys totally fall to the ground, which requires removal and replacement. All these maintenance tasks will require expertise. The sad thing is, in these cases, there is no convenient alternative for chimney repair except to replace the broken bricks. Brick replacement and tuckpointing should only be done by a professional tradesman. We see damaged home facades day in and day out where an inexperienced person attempted tuckpointing only to do permanent harm to the brick appearance by smearing mortar outside the joints. Tuckpointing is among the trades that has a substantial learning curve and a lot of practical experience is required to turn out a nice-looking project that will last a very long time.
In spite 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 confirm the well-being of your home. Ignoring masonry chimney concerns may possibly be downright costly and dangerous for your family.