Indianapolis Damaged Chimney Repair
If your Indianapolis chimney is suffering from structural damage, it’s a good idea to have it inspected and repaired before serious problems arise. Chimney Solutions works throughout the greater Indianapolis area, providing licensed chimney inspections and complete chimney repair and rebuilding services.
Here's some information about damaged chimneys that will be helpful to you.
What is Brick Spalling?
“Spalling” is the term used to describe bricks that are flaking and generally failing. We see quite a bit of brick spalling in Indianapolis chimneys. We also see a lot of loose and deteriorated bricks along with crumbling mortar between the bricks.
Problems with chimney bricks and mortar can be caused by:
- Lightning strikes
- Pounding hail storms
- Water intrusion
- Inferior-quality bricks and mortar used to build the chimney
- Generally poor construction of the chimney and the chimney footing
- Pressure-washers used to clean the chimney’s surfaces
- Old age
Problems with Damaged Chimneys in Indianapolis
Our weather provides plenty of moisture in the form of rain and snow. Once bricks and mortar are compromised, water can easily intrude and start a cycle of ongoing damage. Freezing temperatures will cause frozen water to expand and break bricks apart, opening the way for further water intrusion.
If water is allowed to move into your Indianapolis chimney system, you might experience:
Damage to the chimney liner: A cracked or broken liner will allow intense heat and toxic gases to escape.
Unseen damage to the interior surfaces of the masonry: Because you can’t see what’s happening, you could end up with widespread damage and a major safety issue down the line.
The growth of mold and mildew: Certain strains of mold are known to be dangerous to humans and animals. Mold and mildew create offensive odors.
Rotting in the home: Water moving in through a leaky chimney can end up destroying attics, flooring and other parts of a home.
Rusting on the fireplace damper: A super-rusty damper may not be able to open and close completely, resulting in drafting issues and other problems.
A chimney that leans to one side: This is something you never want to see.
A chimney that eventually collapses: A chimney collapse can severely damage the roof; it can also put the safety of people in the area at risk.
Addressing Chimney Damage
The first step in addressing chimney damage at our Indianapolis customers’ homes is a proper inspection. Our licensed chimney inspectors will determine exactly what the problem is, what’s causing it and how much damage has been done.
We’ll consult with you and let you know what we found. We can then suggest the best way to resolve the problem.
Damaged chimney repair work might involve:
- Replacing spalling or cracked bricks
- Tuckpointing to replace sections of crumbling mortar
- Repair or rebuilding of the concrete chimney crown
- Complete rebuilding of the chimney structure, either from the roof up or from the ground up
After repairs have been made, we’ll apply a strong waterproofing sealant to your chimney’s masonry. This sealant will keep water away from the surfaces while allowing naturally occurring moisture to escape through a vapor-permeable seal.
Call the Indianapolis Chimney Experts to Repair Your Damaged Chimney
Chimney Solutions of Indianapolis is ready to help with any chimney structural issues you’re experiencing. We’re a licensed company with highly trained technicians who know how to resolve problems the right way.
Speak with a chimney expert today at (317) 757-6979 or get in touch with our simple contact form.