A chimney that receives regular maintenance should give many years of safe and efficient service. However, once a chimney passes into old age, certain problems can arise more frequently. With proper maintenance and repairs this spring, your chimney can work just as well as its younger counterparts. As the trusted name in chimney repair for Edina and the surrounding areas, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common chimney repairs that can help enhance your chimney this spring.
The bricks and mortar that make up your chimney are likely old. That means there may be signs of cracking and decay in parts of the masonry or throughout the system, leaving the structure vulnerable to seeping water, a chimney’s worst enemy. With tuck pointing, the old mortar is removed by use of a diamond-blade saw, and new mortar applied, restoring the integrity of the chimney structure.
Sometimes it isn’t the mortar that needs replacement, it’s the brick. In cases when most of the chimney is healthy and intact with the exception of a few bricks, those in disrepair can be replaced by new bricks.
Loose, deteriorated bricks or spalling and decayed mortar that holds the bricks together can eventually cause the chimney to begin leaning to one side and possibly even collapse. When structural damage like this occurs, a chimney rebuild is necessary. A partial rebuild can also be done in cases where a portion of the structure is salvageable. A newly constructed concrete crown finishes up the project. Upon completion, a waterproof sealant is applied to preserve the integrity of the chimney and to protect your investment.
There is a concrete chimney crown that covers the entirety of the chimney and its overhang should extend outward at least 2 inches in order to protect the chimney chase from water damage. It is often the first part of the chimney to show signs of wear and serves as a barometer of the chimney’s health overall. Any cracks should be promptly repaired to avoid damage to the chimney interior. Depending on the extent of disrepair, our masons can perform crown repair or a complete rebuild of the crown, finishing with a waterproof sealant.
Chimney liners provide an extra layer of protection between the chimney wall and your home. This additional protection is critical, as defects commonly appear in the chimney wall, beginning a process that gradually erodes the chimney. As the chimney wall gives way to deterioration, the potential arises for the infiltration of smoke and gases into your home, as well as damage to your home’s interior. A chimney inspection can determine a liner’s condition and if chimney repair is necessary.
Do you have a chimney in need of chimney repair this spring? When you need reliable and professional chimney repair in the Edina area, call Vent Guys at 612-492-1342 or contact us and Request Service.