Chimney Masonry Repairs
As time goes by, many aspects of your home will start to show signs of aging. Your chimney is no different. Especially if your home features a beautiful masonry chimney. “What is a masonry chimney?” you may ask. Good question! It’s a chimney that’s constructed of many pieces of stone or brick and mortar. These chimneys are beautiful, but prone to aging. Many times, chimneys are erected as the house is built. This means they may need some repairs as time goes on.
Read on to learn about how you can best take care of your chimney masonry.
What repairs might my chimney masonry need?
Unlike prefab fireplaces, masonry fireplaces are made of many different pieces. Here are a few things to look out for:
- Cracks in the brick
- Cracks in masonry joints
- Chimney liner issues
- Water damage from expanding cracks
Let’s go through each of these issues outlining the problem and potential solution.
Cracks in the brick
When you walk around your house, do you notice any damaged bricks on your chimney? This can look like actual cracks in the brick, or it may look like bricks are breaking down and crumbling apart. Either of these can lead to serious structural issues if neglected. The solution to this problem is to remove the damaged brick and replace with new bricks.
Cracks in the masonry joints
Even if all of your chimney’s bricks are intact, there may still be structural issues. If the masonry joints look like they’re breaking down or missing, your chimney may need replacement joint compound in between the bricks. Luckily, if this issue is caught early, it’s a pretty easy fix. Wait too long, however, and it may mean complete demolition and replacement.
Chimney liner issues
Oftentimes, chimneys have interior liners to protect your chimney and smoke chamber. It’s an extra barrier for water, but it also adds an extra layer of structural integrity. Make sure to have your chimney professional check your liner every year during your inspection.
Water damage from expanding cracks
If masonry damage is neglected, it could lead to more serious issues. Sound masonry prevents water damage, but as cracks form, your fireplace is susceptible to more damage.
While it may be tempting to fix some of these issues on your own, it’s best to leave this work to chimney professionals. Not only do a lot of these fixes require roof work, they also require special tools and expertise to ensure the chimney’s structure doesn’t get worse from updates done incorrectly.
If you’re looking for assistance or have any questions about chimney masonry repairs in Georgia or South Carolina, make sure to calk Advanced Chimney Sweep. We serve Thomson GA, Dearing GA, Martinez GA, Evans GA, Lincolnton GA, Wrens GA, Augusta GA, Hephzibah GA, the CSRA (Central Augusta River Area) and the South Carolina Midlands region, Lexington SC, West Columbia SC, Forest Acres SC, Aiken SC, Batesburg-Leesville SC, Bamberg SC, and vicinity.
If you’re a customer in GA, you can reach us at (706) 833-4630; if you’re a customer in SC, you can reach us at (803) 508-3990.