Masonry repairs are relatively common in the chimney industry. From fixing crowns to repairing and replacing liners, there are many different services that the team at Chimney Solutions Indiana can take care of for you. One of those is known as tuckpointing. It’s an interesting-sounding word, and you may be wondering what it means and how it can help. Here is everything that you need to know about tuckpointing.
We thought we would start today’s list of the things you need to know about tuckpointing by first defining the term. At its core, the process of tuckpointing means repairing the mortar joints between the different layers of brick in your chimney. Our team will start by removing or grinding out any excessively damaged mortar that we find during an inspection. We’ll leave in place anything that is still functionally solid. Next, we’ll fill in the gaps with new mortar. This process can take a significant amount of time, depending on the scope of the damage.
To answer this question, we’ll briefly use the analogy of water and drywall. A tiny drip of water won’t cause any notable damage to a piece of drywall. However, if you don’t repair it, that tiny drip can eventually lead to a massive leak. This process can happen quickly. Likewise, masonry materials are porous. What might seem like a tiny crack today could be a massive gap by the end of the season — especially after the winter’s freeze-and-thaw cycle. There isn’t a specified timeline as to how often you’ll need to tuckpoint. Rather, it will depend on how effective your waterproof sealant is and the level of damage you find. The earlier you catch the problem, the easier the repair will be.
There is a similar form of masonry repair called repointing. This is a complete removal of your chimney’s mortar. Tuckpointing is a smaller, less involved solution whereas repointing is essentially starting over.
There are many benefits to tuckpointing. The most basic of them is that it helps to improve your chimney’s aesthetic. However, there are also functional reasons to tuckpoint as well. Damaged masonry can quickly lead to huge problems elsewhere in your home. Mold and mildew can take hold rather quickly, and leaks can also form in the hard-to-reach parts of your chimney.
Together, this means that tuckpointing can be both a health benefit as well as a cost-saving one. With the former, it helps to keep toxic growth out of your home. With the latter, it can minimize your repair costs down the road.
There are a couple of other things to keep in mind regarding tuckpointing. First, if you can run a key along your mortar joints and watch it slightly crumble, your home is a candidate for this process. Second, if you begin to see spalling bricks, you’ve waited too long. It’s always best to take a proactive approach to chimney maintenance.
This is where our team comes in. We’re here to help however we can with all of your chimney needs. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for an inspection or service, call Chimney Solutions Indiana at 317-757-6979 or send us a message and we’ll follow up with you as soon as possible!
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