Spring is a great time for spring cleaning and yard maintenance, but that isn’t all. This spring do not forget about your chimney. Whether it is in need of repair, or it just needs a little face-lift this year, spring is a great time for these repairs.
First, spring starts the off-season, which means chimney sweep companies are less busy and customers have more freedom to schedule repairs.
Second, by scheduling your repair in the spring, the repair doesn’t interrupt the regular use of your fireplace and chimney. Depending on the extent of the damage, a repair can be a pain during the cold months, because chimney sweeps require a cold fireplace and chimney to work, for their safety, and a thorough clean.
What is Exterior Chimney Repair?
Basically, the parts of the chimney that are outside the house make up the exterior chimney. When the crown, masonry, flashing, or chimney cap need replaced or repaired, you need exterior chimney repair. These repairs are best done in nice weather, so it doesn’t interrupt your chimney use, and it’s also easier for your CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) to make these repairs in nice weather.
Some exterior chimney repairs may be cosmetic repairs. If you are putting your home on the market, or have just acquired it, you may schedule a cosmetic repair. Chimney Solutions of Indiana specializes in masonry repairs that are long-lasting and beautiful! Our team can expertly repair your chimney to restore its beauty, its efficiency, and its safety. Whether you need minor mortar repairs, brickwork, or restorative stone work, Chimney Solutions is the team to call. We can even remove years of soot and grime buildup from your stone or brick!
Common Exterior Chimney Repairs
Tuckpointing is needed when the mortar between the bricks is cracked, corroded, or otherwise damaged by water or insects. It’s the process by which the mortar is carefully removed and new mortar is packed in. Tuckpointing is extremely tricky because the mortar should be matched in color, composition, and strength or it will actually make matters worse, both structurally and aesthetically. Chimney Solutions has mortar-matching down to a science!
Brick re-facing is needed when the bricks begin to spall or lose facing. The chimney sweep removes bricks individually, and replaces them. Chimney Solutions works to make sure the finished product blends seamlessly with the original masonry.
Another common exterior chimney problem is a leaning chimney. It can be caused from various structural issues, poor construction, or natural disasters. Chimney Solutions is experienced in chimney restorations and rebuilds and can work with homeowners to create something standard or unique to your home.
If you’re ready to schedule your exterior chimney repairs, contact Chimney Solutions of Indiana today.