Chimney Repair Orono MN
Prior to delving into chimney repairs, it is critical to look at 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 infiltrate the chimney’s composite structure.
Deterioration to chimneys may be brought on by a number of issues. Nonetheless, the scope and size of repairs is most often a factor of the age of the structure but can also be brought on by severe 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 vital 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 severe freeze/thaw cycle, adds even more weight to the requirement for consistent 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 service treatment of a waterproofing sealant, this quality is gradually lost with time and toward the end of their life span the moisture absorbency of masonry raises significantly. This often leads to rapid expansion damage during the freeze/thaw.
Spalled brick is a very common damage found in chimneys.
Missing mortar joints should be properly repointed with new
mortar to prevent further damage to the chimney structure.
We have seen chimneys totally fall to the ground, which calls for removal and replacement. All these maintenance tasks will require expertise. Regretfully, 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 qualified 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 expertise 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 reach out to our professionals here at Dayco General for a chimney inspection to assure the safety and security of your home. Ignoring masonry chimney concerns may possibly be downright costly and dangerous for your family.