We specialize in Masonry repairs and miscellaneous services of all types.
CHIMNEY PROBLEM WARNING SIGNS & SYMPTOMS:
SOOT BUILD UP
Smoke particles called creosote can build up in the chimney, potentially causing chimney fires or corrosion of the stack.
Inspections should be done from top to bottom.
CRUMBLING BRICK/CINDER BLOCK
Soft, loose or cracked bricks or receding mortar is caused by seasonal freeze/thaw cycles and can lead to falling debris.
This can occur outside, as well as, inside the house.
CRACKED CROWNS & CAPS
Caused by frequent freeze/thaw weather conditions or seismic activity.
These cracks can lead to serious structural weakness, if not dealt with promptly.
A wet chimney can literally erode from the inside, especially older chimneys without liners or rain caps. A telltale sign of moisture is efflorescence (white chalk stains) on the brick or cinder block. Water can also penetrate into fireboxes, attics, and basement ash clean-outs as a result of faulty flashing, substandard brickwork, or poor design.
Look for stains on walls, rusty metal, and signs of mold.
POOR AIR DRAW
A safe chimney needs to draw in and exhaust air well. Often, insects, birds, or other small critters will take up residence in your chimney and create a blockage or a brick can also fall in the cavity.
If the smoke isn’t going up the chimney, get it inspected.
Many old chimneys were built without liners or with substandard materials which can deteriorate over time and no longer meet building codes.
Liners prevent soot build up and protect your chimney from moisture build up.