Chimney Repair Loretto MN
Prior to delving into chimney repairs, it is important to evaluate the structural form of the chimney as this is the foundation of the preliminary procedures. The brick and mortar should not allow rain or other elements to permeate the chimney’s composite structure.
Harm to chimneys may be brought on by a number of factors. Nevertheless, the scope and size of repairs is most normally 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 due to 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 harsh freeze/thaw cycles adds even more weight to the requirement for consistent inspections.
Qualified repairs are needed when you feel that the scope of the deterioration is above and beyond 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 escalates drastically. This often leads to increasingly rapid expansion damage during our freeze/thaw.
Spalled brick is a very common damage found in chimneys.
Missing mortar joints should be properly repointed with new
mortar to stop 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. Regrettably, 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 constantly 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 very high 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 professionals 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. Contact us today for any kind of chimney repair in Loretto MN.
Dayco General is CSIA certified, fully licensed and insured. (License # BC266544), fully licensed and insured. (License # BC266544).