The masonry in your chimney is one of the most likely areas for problems to arise. Over time, problems left in disrepair can lead to larger issues. Today, let’s look at the main components of your chimney and how they factor into common masonry chimney repairs.
Although not an all-encompassing list, masons construct most chimneys out of a few common materials. Those include:
When an issue arises necessitating repair, it’s usually in one or more of those materials.
The top problem most homeowners face with their chimneys is cracks in the bricks and mortar. A small crack today can lead to a variety of issues later. These include smoke and carbon monoxide dangers, roofing concerns, and even lead to the total demolition of the chimney itself.
It’s not difficult to repair cracks when they’re small. As they grow, it may require repointing or tuckpointing. Once your Chimney Solutions Indiana technician resolves the issue for you, we recommend applying a vapor-permeable sealant to help prevent future issues.
The interior of your chimney, properly called a flue, should have some kind of liner inside of it. These are most commonly made of tile or metal. With regular chimney sweeps and inspections, they should last for decades.
However, your flue liner can also feel the impact when other components of your chimney fail. In this case, you may occasionally need to replace your liner if it isn’t smooth and rust-free.
A chimney cap and crown are both designed to keep water and debris out of your flue. Your crown is made of concrete while your cap can be made of metal or concrete. If either of them has issues, short of replacing them a silicone-based mortar can help seal any cracks.
Repairing cracks is the easiest way to stop water leaks. Other components, such as your flashing, need to be maintained as well. Weathering can lead to rust, which leads to component failure, which then in turn lets water into places where it shouldn’t be. In addition, if your flashing isn’t secured properly, it can also cause roof and other leaks throughout your home.
Finally, you may have a problem with a chimney that leans. This could point to a flawed design with the chimney itself, especially if it’s an older construction. In addition, a leaning chimney can cause stress on the surrounding structure. Fixing the issues with your masonry here can help prevent other problems with your home.
With proper maintenance, most chimneys should be able to function for many years free of problems — especially if you have our team perform regular inspections and sweeps. And when the need to repair does arise, we’re here to help.
You can contact Chimney Solutions, LLC via phone, 317-757-6979, simply by visiting our website and filling out our contact form.
Our Service Area
If you live within 20 miles of Marion County, there’s no need to call any other chimney provider! The team here at Chimney Solutions Indiana will be in our marked trucks and clean uniforms and at your door on time! We travel to Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg, Westfield, Geist, Eagle Creek, Noblesville and all throughout the Indianapolis, IN area.
We believe that education and ongoing training is important, which is why we continuously invest in ourselves and our team to deliver better service to you. We’re Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) – certified and members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), so whenever advancements are made within the industry, we’re among the first to know about it. When you work with Chimney Solutions, you can expect the latest information and the most advanced services and techniques. We strive to exceed expectations on every job from a routine chimney sweep and chimney cleaning to a full chimney restoration.
We’re committed to providing the best service possible and look forward to serving you and your family, year after year. Call 317-757-6979 to get started! >>