Tips for Your Masonry Chimney
Most chimneys in residential properties are masonry chimneys. Regular maintenance is essential to keeping masonry chimneys in good condition. Most masonry chimneys will eventually require repairs to keep them looking good and working properly. Here’s everything you need to know about masonry chimneys as a homeowner.
What is a masonry chimney?
Masonry is a broad term that essentially means an item is made using some type of stone materials. There are many different types of masonry chimneys, including brick and mortar, concrete, stone, and much more. Home builders have been constructing masonry chimneys for centuries and continue to do so today. They are considered a more durable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to more modern pre-fabricated chimneys.
What are the most common masonry chimney repairs?
Although durable, masonry chimneys will start to show wear and tear with regular use. Here are some of the
most common masonry chimney issues.
If you have a brick and mortar chimney, you might start to notice cracks in the masonry over time. While this is incredibly common, it’s important to address the problem sooner rather than later. Cracks often form as a result of water damage or existing structural issues with the home. Over time, these cracks can continue to grow to the point that your chimney is no longer usable.
Damaged Flue Liner
The flue liner sits inside of your chimney to protect the bricks and mortar from smoke and fire damage. If you have an older chimney, you may have a clay flue liner or no flue liner at all. Installing a modern flue liner is the best way to protect your chimney from smoke and fire damage.
Damaged Chimney Crown
The crown is a very important part of your chimney structure. It sits on the top of your chimney to prevent excess debris and moisture from making their way inside. Over time, chimney crowns can start to break down as a result of exposure to the elements, letting things into the chimney. Replacing it with a new chimney crown protects the structure from future issues.
How often should you have your masonry chimney repaired?
You should have a your chimney inspected by a professional at least once a year. During the inspection, your chimney sweep can identify potential problems and determine the repairs that are necessary. Ideally, you will want to schedule your chimney inspection in the summer or early fall. This gives you time to make repairs before winter starts if you need them. It’s very important to have your chimney working properly during the cold winter months, as this is typically when you will use them the most. If you are in need of masonry chimney repairs or inspections, Chimney Specialists Inc. can help.
We provide a variety of professional chimney services for customers in southwest Wisconsin, north Illinois, and east Iowa. Give us a call at (608)-929-4887 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.