Every chimney system will inevitably experience damage over time. Masonry becomes worn and damaged due to environmental factors such as wind, water, sun, and earthquakes. Chimneys are also adversely affected by neglect and improper use or improper maintenance. When your masonry becomes damaged such as cracks, crumbling, or falling away- also called spalling. If your chimney has spalling masonry, it definitely needs tuckpointing.
What is Tuckpointing?
Tuckpointing is a process where your damaged masonry is removed and replaced by new masonry. Tuckpointing should be performed by an experienced and certified professional because it requires meticulous attention to detail. First, the damaged mortar is removed evenly and consistently. Bricks are removed if necessary. Then, new mortar is mixed to match the old mortar in strength, texture, consistency, and color.
If new mortar isn’t the same strength and consistency as you current masonry, this actually can weaken your chimney. It can also be unpleasant to look at. When your chimney is the main focal points of your home’s interior and exterior, seamless repairs are sometimes necessary.
Do I Really Need it?
Like most chimney maintenance, you may ask is tuckpointing absolutely necessary? Our experts would definitely recommend it since it relates to the safety of your home and family. A damaged chimney is unsafe until repaired. Safety is our main concern at Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service, and our experts have plenty of knowledge and years of experience working with all kinds of chimney issues.
In order to avoid damage such as spalling masonry, you need to schedule a routine maintenance. This include regular chimney sweeps and annual inspections, especially since masonry damage can cause fires, and most flue fires go undetected.
Along with chimney maintenance and preventative care, we also recommend waterproofing services, which protects your masonry against water damage. The solutions we use to waterproof your chimney is a specially-formulated product that is vapor-permeable, so it allows the chimney to vent vapors out, while keeping water from enter into your chimney.
Call us Today
At Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service, it’s our goal to ensure the safety of our customers in and around the Raleigh and Durham area. Call us today if you aren’t certain of the state of your chimney. However, if you see visible signs of masonry damage, or if you haven’t had a professional inspection in the last 12 months. Call our professionals at 919-747-1859 to get started on your chimney repairs and chimney maintenance today.