Typical Masonry Repairs

When approaching the time of year when you know your masonry chimney will be put to more extensive use, it is important to have it inspected and checked for safety. There are many issues that typically arise with masonry that may need attention and repair before it is put to regular use. By being a responsible homeowner and getting inspections done on your brickwork on a consistent basis, you can be assured that your masonry will be efficiently maintained. This not only decreases the likelihood of more expensive fixes in the future, it also ensures that you can enjoy your masonry to its fullest potential, knowing that all the proper precautions were taken.

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Repointing

Moisture can have extremely damaging effects on brick, so it is typically advised to have inspections done one to two times a year, depending on the climate in which you live. If you live in an area where the temperatures vary more often, it will benefit you to have at least two inspections done yearly. If your masonry is exposed to outside weather, the freezing and thawing that occurs can impact the sealing around the brick, causing it to be less effective in keeping out unwanted moisture.

Repointing is done to repair mortar joints that may be worn due to excessive exposure to moisture. This repair technique will help ensure that less moisture enters the brick, decreasing the likelihood of unnecessary and more costly future damage. Keep an open eye out for cracks, erosion, and any crumbling mortar within your masonry. These are all clear indicators that repair is needed and that too much moisture is gaining access into your brickwork.

Crown Damage

If the crown of your masonry chimney is damaged, replacing or repairing it quickly is essential. Not only does it provide a protective cover for the brick on your chimney, it also diverts incoming water that could cause wear and tear. Having a properly constructed crown is crucial in keeping a masonry chimney in top-notch condition. If all of the proper regulations are in place, this piece will be essential in maintaining brickwork and ensuring that the chimney will remain strong and look great for years to come.

Stay Ahead

By being knowledgeable and pursuing proper masonry care, homeowners can avoid costly and time-consuming future repairs with simple fixes done throughout the year. It is always a good idea to observe your masonry on your own from time to time. If you see any signs of damage, contact a professional that can guide you in the proper next steps that should be taken. One major sign to watch out for is any notable cracking in the bricks or the sealing. Also, keep an eye out for deterioration at the base of the masonry, as that is where damage will likely first be noticeable.

Contacting the professionals at Home Safe Hearth and Chimney Inc. to do regular check-ups and put in any necessary repairs will save masonry owners both time and money in the long run. We can help you keep your brick strong, weather-resistant, and looking its best for years to come.

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