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Why You Need Professional Chimney Masonry Repairs…From Ashbusters!

When it comes to structures built to last a lifetime, few are more popular than the traditional brick masonry chimney – and for good reason too! Brick is one of those materials that not only creates a polished and finished look, but is also strong, sturdy, and durable. It’s really no wonder brick chimneys have been a staple in homes across the world for centuries – they’re the perfect blend of form and function.

Building a brick chimney
But, like so much else in this life, even the dependable brick is not impervious to damage. Whether it’s a matter of inadequate weatherproofing or perhaps something more severe, brick can (and will) deteriorate over the years. And when it inevitably does begin to crack and crumble, your system’s performance will suffer, introducing a host of dangers to your home and family.
The good news is that Ashbusters Chimney Service has the team, tools, and training to help. If you’re in the market for the best chimney masonry repair near Nashville, look no further than Ashbusters. Our technicians are highly knowledgeable, certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), and qualified to handle it all – from minor masonry damage repairs like repointing to more intense services like full or partial chimney and/or fireplace rebuilds.

We also offer preventive maintenance services like inspections and chimney sweeps to keep your entire appliance in tip-top shape all year long. Basically, we fix dirty, stinky, leaky, and freaky chimneys!

To schedule an appointment or learn more about what we could do for you, give us a call at 615-459-2546. Or, if you prefer, fill out our appointment request form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you.

Types of Chimney & Fireplace Masonry Repairs That Are Common at Ashbusters

When it comes to chimneys, we don’t just repair them…we specialize in repairing them.

This matters because you are lighting an open fire in the middle of your home. (Kinda crazy when you think about it like that, right?) So, if the chimney technician rebuilding or repairing the masonry does not know what they are doing – such as using the correct grade of brick or the right mortar mixture – your fire-hosting appliance could be at risk. Here at Ashbusters, that’s not something we compromise.

When it comes to masonry work, most people think all we do is repair damaged brick. But we do so much more and want you to know it. That way you know who to call when your chimney needs some help.

So, what exactly do we mean when we say that we do “so much more”? A lot goes into constructing and maintaining a beautiful – and functional – masonry chimney. Masonry damage comes in many different forms, but we offer services to combat it all. 

We offer the following brick-specific chimney repairs for homeowners throughout the greater Nashville area:

  • New Construction: Does it feel like something is missing in your otherwise perfect living space? Would a classic brick fireplace and chimney help you achieve the home of your dreams? Call the team of professionals at Ashbusters to learn more about our construction process and how we can turn that dream into your reality.
  • Chimney Restoration: If your chimney’s brickwork has seen better days, we know just what to do to restore your chimney to its former glory. Whether your bricks are flaking or the structure is experiencing some discoloration, we’ll be sure to not only diagnose the root problem, but take all the steps necessary to set you up for success moving forward.
  • Demolition: Sometimes, it’s a matter of structural damage too far gone. Other times, you simply want to start over… No matter the reason, if you’re looking to demolish your existing chimney, we can help – and we’re always careful to do so in the least imposing way possible.
  • Chimney Rebuilds: Is your masonry in generally good condition, save for a few problem areas here and there? Or, perhaps you’re ready for a full structural overhaul. Whichever scenario best applies to your unique situation, the highly trained professionals at Ashbusters can rebuild your masonry – whether it’s just a little section or the whole thing.
  • Repointing (Tuckpointing): As soon as you notice that the mortar holding your bricks together has begun to deteriorate, it’s important to schedule a repointing (or tuckpointing) service. Your entire system is only as safe and efficient as the sum of its many parts, and without effective mortar joints, your chimney – and by proxy your fireplace – is susceptible to water entry. Trust the Ashbusters team to repoint your system with the right composition of the right materials.

Want to learn more about any of our listed masonry repair services? Have a question about something that isn’t mentioned here? We take pride in the fact that we hire the friendliest, most knowledgeable industry professionals who are here for you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions or concerns! Get in touch with us right here through our website, or give us a call at 615-459-2546.

Do You Have a Chimney in Distress? We Can Fix It!

We know the newest and oldest techniques when repairing your chimney, fireplace, or any other masonry issue you may have around your home. It doesn’t matter how simple or how hard it is – as master masons, we can do it all. We know fireplaces and chimneys upwards and backwards and can serve as your fireplace contractor in any situation. 

In fact, other so-called “chimney contractors” will often sub out to us to make sure the job gets done right. You have the advantage of starting with us first and saving yourself the extra time and money.

We Offer Some of the Best Warranties Around

  • All of our masonry repairs come with a 5-year workmanship warranty.
  • Many of our repairs carry a 10-year to Lifetime warranty.

What that means for you is we will come out and fix anything associated with our workmanship within the first 5 years – without question. We will also let you know when we do our estimate when the work carries a 10-year to lifetime warranty, so you know going into the job what to expect. 

Honesty and transparency are integral to how we run our business. And, as such, we make sure to keep you involved and informed from the very start of our work together all the way through to the end. 

Get in touch with us online by filling out this form, or give us a call at 615-459-2546 to learn more about the warranties we offer.

What Are the Signs My Chimney or Fireplace Is in Disrepair?

Contrary to what you might think, it’s not always super obvious when your masonry is suffering from some kind of damage. Sure, it’s clear you have an issue when your bricks start to flake and the mortar crumbles around the base of the structure, but sometimes, chimney degradation or disrepair can be tough to spot. 

That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important to stay up to date on those necessary annual maintenance services like chimney inspections and regular cleanings. They ensure that you, as the homeowner, are aware of your appliance’s overall behavior and performance at all times. After all, how can you know when something is operating strangely if you don’t have a healthy baseline to compare it to?

Keep this in mind as you read through this list. It is not meant to be exhaustive, diagnostic, or any kind of replacement for a chimney sweep service or an inspection. These are just things to keep an eye out for that might signal a need for some chimney repair services:

  • Any strange odors lingering in/around your fireplace – whether it’s that of a smoky campfire or something more like mold, mildew, or must.
  • Signs of water damage both in your fireplace and the immediate surrounding area…including your ceiling.
  • Discoloration on the external structure. This is called efflorescence and is caused by water permeating the brick and pushing the naturally contained minerals to the surface.
  • Issues with airflow or poor chimney draft, resulting in difficulty starting a fire or having one stay lit.
  • Smoke flows into your living space, as opposed to up and out of the chimney like it’s supposed to.

Is Masonry Damage Preventable?

Considering the stakes and the many ways in which a chimney can be damaged, the answer to this question might surprise you. In fact, yes – most masonry chimney damage is preventable. 

How? Well, because unless the damage is a direct result of a natural disaster or some other kind of freak accident, all problem areas will be brought to your attention during one of your two yearly maintenance services: the chimney sweep or inspection.

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again – staying on top of these preventive services is the single most important thing you can do for your appliance. And in addition, when you do have that work done, make sure to keep an updated record with the dates of service. That way, if something out of the ordinary does occur and wreak havoc on your masonry, you have the receipts to show your insurance when you go to submit a claim.

Aside from establishing an annual fireplace and chimney maintenance plan, the following will also help ensure that your masonry remains damage-free:

  • Schedule repairs right away. As soon as you learn something is in need of repair, don’t wait. Call us to book a repair service right away. The longer you wait, the more you run the risk of the damage getting worse and all the best service providers booking out.
  • Only operate your appliance in accordance with manufacturer instructions. This can mean a lot of different things, such as the length of time it is designed to be running, but most importantly, do not burn anything other than wood. Doing so will introduce more harmful byproducts that can gunk up your system and cause issues.
  • Take the time to learn and research about your appliance. In the same way that it takes experimentation and time spent with a new washing machine or other household appliance, it’s important to learn about your fireplace. Doing the research will not only help improve performance and efficiency, but will also give you the confidence to know when something is not quite right and thus when to call in the professionals.

And, perhaps most importantly, when in doubt, always call a team of experts to take a look. And for homeowners in Northern Central Tennessee, Ashbusters Chimney Service is the place to call for all things masonry near Nashville.

Get in touch through our website, or give us a call at 615-459-2546 to learn more or schedule your brick chimney repair service with us, today.

Interested in Transforming Some Outdoor Spaces?

We also build outdoor fireplaces and areas for kitchens as well as outdoor wood fire ovens. Yes, these are sometimes referred to as pizza ovens, but they are so much more than that – you can actually cook or bake just about anything you want in them.

If you have questions about a project that’s coming up or you’re ready to get started today, just give us a call. We would love the opportunity to work with you or your contractor on an outdoor space or any chimney system that needs a little bit of love – old and new.

If you would like to schedule for masonry work, our appointment tips will help us serve you better.

Ready To Schedule Your Masonry Repair Service With Our Qualified Chimney Techs?

A full service chimney provider, Ashbusters is the place to call for it all. So, whether you’re looking for fireplace brick repair and are ready to schedule, or simply have questions about how to move forward given your masonry damage situation, our dedicated team can help.

Give us a call at 615-459-2546, or fill out this appointment request form to learn more. No matter your specific chimney troubles, we’re here for you. Let’s get started!


We’re ready to tackle any chimney repair, including relining your chimney to increase efficiency and safety.