After a long winter, it is a good idea to check out the condition of your masonry chimney. If you see cracked or missing bricks or mortar joints, you must call the professionals immediately to avoid further damage. In the Shenandoah Valley area, we provides professional chimney masonry repairs as part of our comprehensive chimney and fireplace services. We would like to tell you more about the best time to get these repairs and why – spring and summer.

Why does so much chimney masonry damage occur in the winter?

Masonry materials naturally absorb water. Moisture inevitably creep inside the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney masonry. And as temperature drops,  it cause the water inside to freeze and expand. However, as the weather warms back up, the force from the water is strong enough to cause the bricks and mortar joints crack and break. This lead to potential structural damage to your chimney and home, and it can put your home and family at risk. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) warns homeowners of the effect of the accelerated damage and deterioration that can occur in the winter, and they also provide remedies against this specific type of damage.

Why is it so important to have chimney masonry repair work done in the spring and summer?

Because masonry materials are so porous, the damaged bricks and mortar joints can worsen. This lead to extensive and expensive repair work to get your chimney back in safe working condition. In order to protect your family, we recommend getting a professional to thoroughly examine the condition of your masonry.

We also recommend getting these repairs immediately, as the incoming rain of spring and summer can worsen these damage. Over the years, we have seen plenty of water leaks occur from neglected damaged chimney masonry. Because of the negligence of homeowners, we have had lots of experiences  rebuilding chimneys.

Spring and Summer is the best time to get those masonry chimney repaired

Getting your masonry repaired in the spring and summer is the best way to avoid serious issues down the road. Our experienced chimney masonry technicians at Blue Ridge Chimney Services have been trained in techniques like, tuckpointing, which allow us to make durable and long-lasting repairs to match your existing chimney. Spring and Summer is also the best time for these repairs as it’s the optimal temperatures for your masonry to cure and set.

If you have noticed cracked, broken, loose, or missing bricks and mortar joints on your chimney, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 540-217-2030 to schedule an appointment.