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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.

For Blue Ridge Chimney Services, tuckpointing work is a specialty. We have a master mason and a team of experienced masonry technicians on staff who can expertly handle anything from tuckpointing to crafting custom-built fireplaces and hearths. When you need tuckpointing work done, you can trust our team to provide you with strong, stable joints that match the original work in your chimney structurally and visually.

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 rebuilding or renovation work 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.

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"I thank you all for a most excellent job well done. An amazing display of work ethic and good attitude that I have come across in a long time. Chris, Steve and Josh slogged doggedly through what turned out to be the job from hell without so much of a complaint, at least in my presence. In their own company they would have been right to commiserate about the terrible challenges this job entailed. There was nothing routine anywhere here on this install. Cindy and I are very grateful for the quality of both the work and the character of your crew.

I apologize to Chris to have been sleeping in my chair as he wrapped up at about 2 a.m. or so Wednesday morning and pulled out, I did not get the opportunity to thank him and Steve personally. Please pass this on to them and hopefully it will at least make up for some of that missed final thank you. I will look forward to my annual chimney service from now on instead of dreading it. Kudos, Tom and Cindy L. It was refreshing to find that this level of quality still exists in the young adults of today."

~ Anonymous, Boyce, VA

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