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How To Spot Winter Chimney Damage

We still have some winter ahead of us, but the end is at last in sight. In just a couple of short months, we’ll be able to enjoy warmer weather and longer days. Yet, in all the fun that comes along with higher temps, don’t neglect your fireplace and chimney! Many wrap up their burning season and call it good, without considering the harmful effects that winter weather may have had on their chimney.

Learn more about potential damages you could face, then count on the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service to help you out. Your fireplace will be good as new and looking better than ever in no time!

Effects Of Excess Moisture

One of the biggest issues we see after winter is water damage throughout your masonry. Excess moisture in your system will lead to countless issues and, when you don’t resolve them in a timely manner, they only get worse and more expensive to repair. Some things you’ll notice are rust, mold accumulation, clogging, and decay – and that’s just some of many!

When things build up in your chimney and your flue gets clogged up, your system won’t function as efficiently, and it makes lighting fires more dangerous, too. Count on us to get things done right the first time. We can handle all of your repairs, restorations, and more!

Beware The Freeze/Thaw Cycle

Another big thing to be aware of in the winter is the freeze/thaw cycle. The freeze/thaw cycle is what happens when the absorbed water in your brickwork freezes and expands. This puts a lot of extra pressure on your masonry and it opens things up so that more water can enter. It’s not uncommon for this cycle to occur multiple times a winter, all in all putting tons of extra stress your entire structure. Eventually, your chimney could settle or collapse, putting your home in danger and costing you thousands in repair work.

Avoiding Damages Down The Line

The best thing you can do to avoid these issues is to invest in preventative measures. Once your chimney is repaired and in tip-top shape again, ask us about our waterproofing services! Waterproofing is a surefire way to stop water from entering your brickwork. Along with this, our products are vapor permeable, so you won’t have to worry about toxins and moisture getting trapped. At SirVent Chimney, we only use the best of the best!

We also encourage you to invest in products that keep water out. This includes a chimney cap and flashing, both of which stop rain and snow dead in their tracks! We also suggest having your chimney crown looked at and, if necessary, repaired. All of these parts play a huge role in preventing water damage, and each needs to be in optimal condition to do its job effectively!

Call us in for an inspection, and we’ll make sure you’re set up with everything you need for the rest of the winter. Once we’re done, you’ll be good to for years to come!

Tuckpointing & Repointing

Regular maintenance is necessary for maintaining a strong chimney for years on end. But knowing which steps are necessary and when to schedule them can be a challenge! Tuckpointing and repointing are two things that most fireplace owners are no stranger to. 

Staying educated on these terms and keeping an eye out for any potential damage is important! Knowing your brickwork may save you a lot of money down the line. The sooner these things are addressed, the better off you’ll be! Learn more about tuckpointing and repointing by reading below. Then, check out SirVent Chimney & Venting Service today to see what we can do for you! 

What Is Repointing? 

If you notice your mortar is wearing away, then repointing is the service for you! Addressing this issue right away is important, as crumbling mortar will make your entire chimney structure weaker over time. Cracks, flaking, holes, crumbling, and similar issues are all signs that some professional repointing should be done as soon as possible. 

Repointing is a process that involves removing part of the old mortar, then replacing it with new, more supportive mortar. Not only will this improve the overall appearance of the brickwork, but it will ensure that your chimney continues to stand strong for years on end. 

What Is Tuckpointing? 

Tuckpointing is really similar to repointing and the terms are often used interchangeably. This technique was introduced in the 1700’s in England. It was invented in hopes of making old styles of brickwork look more modern. However, without all the work involved with replacing the entire structure. While the processes of tuckpointing and repointing may seem the same, tuckpointing is based more off of an aesthetic preference, while repointing is done to improve structural issues. 

Both practices are great for brickwork, both structurally and visually. No matter the term you use or the reason for hiring this service, having either of these done will improve the appearance of your home. In addition, making it a sturdier place to live. 

How Can We Help? 

There is no doubt that calling in a professional to fix up your mortar is the best route to take. The whole process can be intricate, messy, and complicated. Also, matching the new mortar to the old is trickier than it sounds! You also want to ensure that the right type of mortar is used and that strong enough products are being applied. 

Knowing all of the necessary information about your original mortar is vital. This includes age, material, color, and more. Any minor mishap can leave things really unstable and call for more repairs in the near future. Not to mention, your brickwork may end up looking worse than it did in the first place! 

When it comes to the strength and visual appeal of your home, don’t leave anything to chance – call in the experts at SirVent Chimney today!