At one point in the life of your chimney it will require maintenance to keep it in safe working order. In many cases, a professional chimney masonry company will be able to maintain the integrity of your chimney, without the need to rebuild the entire appliance. For many homeowners, this is more desirable as it saves money and alleviates the need for major renovations that can disrupt their daily lives.
Chimney repointing is a highly desired way to fix a chimney in need of repair, and many repair companies will recommend this before an entire rebuild. Repointing a chimney involves removing the dilapidated mortar and replacing it with new mortar. This will reinforce the structure of the chimney, and will extend the life of your appliance. If your mortar is cracked or deteriorated in any way, it’s important to have it repointed. Failure to do so can create larger problems in your home, including leaking. Once moisture is able to get inside your chimney, it’s only a matter of time before greater repairs are necessary, and a rebuild becomes inevitable. Other problems include cracked and crumbling masonry work in your home, which can lead to a complete fall out of your chimney.
If you’re at all unsure about the integrity of your chimney, or you have recently moved into a home with a chimney then schedule an appointment with a professional chimney inspection and repair company. Calling the professionals from the beginning will avoid costly repairs down the road. If you attempt to make the repairs yourself, you may not use the appropriate mortar mix, and this can negatively affect the integrity of your appliance, so it’s important to trust the professionals to get the job done right. Ask your inspector if chimney repointing is a viable option for you and your home.