Masonry Chimney Tuckpointing
If you notice receded, crumbling mortar joints on your chimney or fireplace, don’t despair — you may not have to rebuild. If your masonry isn’t too far gone, Blue Ridge Chimney Services might be able to repair that chimney or fireplace with some tuckpointing work.
As soon as you notice masonry issues, give us a call — our CSIA-certified technicians will inspect your chimney and fireplace, assess the damage and give you an honest indication of what the safest, most responsible repair approach would be. And it’s important to make repairs to damaged masonry as soon as you can. If joints are failing in your chimney, they’re probably allowing water into the system, which will lead to much bigger problems down the line. Failing joints are also compromising the integrity of your chimney as a whole, and leaving a structurally unsound chimney attached to your home isn’t a risk you should take.
Crumbling joints in a firebox are dangerous as well. Your firebox is bearing the brunt of your fire’s heat, and if it’s not containing that heat and combustible byproducts, it leaves the surrounding materials in your home (specifically, the building materials that make up the walls around the fireplace) unprotected.
Tuckpointing: What, How And Why
The most basic explanation of tuckpointing is that it is the process of removing damaged mortar joints and repairing with strong new mortar. That doesn’t sound terribly complex, but you might be surprised at the various considerations that go into doing tuckpointing work properly.
The composition of the bricks and mortar used in fireplaces and chimneys has changed considerably through the years, with different materials having different degrees of hardness and water permeability. If you were to replace bricks or mortar without taking the properties of the original materials into consideration, you’d have repairs that look clunky and obvious, and far worse, repairs that negatively affect the structural integrity of your chimney or fireplace, making it even more unsafe.
Blue Ridge Chimney Services Can Handle All Of Your Masonry Needs
Our masonry technicians are here to help whether you need repairs or are interested in installing a brand new masonry fireplace and chimney in a home.
Talk to our technicians about what you need and what you want. We’re here to make sure you get to enjoy warm, safe fires, whether we’re maintaining, repairing or building your system.
Do you have a damaged chimney or fireplace that needs tuckpointing work? Call Blue Ridge Chimney Services today, at 540-217-2030 or click here to schedule an appointment online!
Some problems with your chimney may require smoke chamber resizing to restore things to safe operation. We are experienced with this kind of masonry repair service and would love to help you with your chimney and fireplace needs.