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Pay close attention to your chimney masonry before it comes crumbling down.

Pay close attention to your chimney masonry before it comes crumbling down.

If you’ve noticed that your chimney brick or masonry is loose, crumbling, stained, or otherwise deteriorating, you may have already been thinking you’d like to have it repaired to improve the appearance of your chimney. But did you know that it’s also crucial to repair chimney brick to prevent expensive water damage not only to your chimney but to all areas of your home around your chimney?

In addition to leaks, a water-damaged chimney can become both a fire hazard and health hazard, no thanks to the accumulation of mold, mildew, and rust. Also, if you spot white streaks down your chimney brick it’s likely something known as “efflorescence,” which is crystallized water and evidence of a problem. But the bottom line is that the more your chimney’s structure is compromised by leaks the less efficient and safe it becomes.

Read on for more on common chimney masonry problems.

Signs That Your Chimney Brick Needs Repair

Brick and mortar are both surprisingly porous materials and become even moreso as the years go by and the elements take their toll—especially if your chimney has been left unprotected by a professional waterproofing, which is what we recommend our customers have done following restoration of their masonry. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, “A chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to the weather can be a potential safety hazard. Weather-damaged lining systems, flue obstructions, and loose masonry materials all present a threat to residents.”

The following are signs that your chimney’s masonry needs attention by a certified chimney mason and tuckpointer:

  • Loose bricks
  • Crumbling mortar
  • A stained, streaked, or rusted chimney
  • A rusted damper or firebox assembly
  • A “settled” or leaning chimney
  • Water stains on the ceilings or walls around your chimney

Once your chimney has been repaired, there are many surefire ways to prevent future damage, including chimney caps, top-sealing dampers, new or repaired flashing, and waterproofing agents.

Whatever your chimney’s problem, if you live in the Nashville area you can count on Ashbusters to address it and correct it for the longterm.