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We Repair Leaky Chimneys!

We’re no strangers to hot summer days here, so rainy afternoons can be a welcome relief from the heat. That being said, it’s important to ensure your chimney is prepared for any harsh weather that might come our way! By equipping your system with preventative equipment and by regularly investing in inspections and repair work from our certified sweeps, you guarantee yourself a healthier, stronger system all around.We Repair Leaky Chimneys! - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney and Venting

If your chimney hasn’t been getting the care it deserves, count on our experts to help you out. We can repair leaks in a hurry and will ensure you’re all set with the tools and chimney parts necessary for keeping water out for good. Check out all we offer below!

Flashing Repair

One of the most common ways for water to enter is through the flashing. Flashing is the piece that safeguards the area where your roof and chimney meet. When in tip top shape, flashing does wonders in keeping water and excess moisture out of this especially vulnerable area. Unfortunately, when it falters, water can get in quite rapidly.

We can repair your flashing or, in more extreme cases, replace it entirely, so you’ll be all set and good to go in no time. No matter what issue you have faced, we’re certain we can help and, throughout our many years of service, you can trust that we’ve seen it all! Between animal tampering, poor installation work, weather damage, rust, and more, flashing can face a lot, but these damages are no match for our team. Give us a call now, so that we can help you out.

Chimney Cap Installation

Other times, the issue can lie with a poorly-fitted or broken down chimney cap. Like flashing, chimney caps do wonders when it comes to keeping out rain, sleet, and snow, but only when they’re properly installed and in good shape. Don’t give water an easy pathway into your home… have us look your chimney cap over right away! This is an easy and cost-effective way to make a big impact on the health of your chimney. There’s no time to lose, so let us know of any problems, and we’ll be on our way in a hurry.

Waterproofing

Another big reason why chimneys leak is because they aren’t protected with waterproofing products. Your brickwork and mortar will break down when water gets absorbed into them, causing leaks to form and your structure to weaken significantly. We’re determined not to let that happen! We use agents that are specifically formulated to work well with chimneys. This means that they both seal the masonry, keeping water out, while allowing fumes and pre-absorbed moisture to vent out. Most store-bought sealers and paints can’t do this effectively.

Get On The Phone With Us Today

There’s still a lot of summer left, and it’s important to ensure your chimney is protected and standing strong when fall comes back around. Count on us to set you up right! Give us a call and we’ll get your appointment set up right away. It’s well worth the peace of mind you’ll gain!

Typical Repairs for Masonry Chimneys

If you have a masonry chimney, you should know that the Chimney Safety Institute of America tells us that water is your chimney’s greatest enemy because, if allowed to penetrate your masonry joints, it can cause all sorts of expensive repair work, such as structural damage. Another victim of water damage is your chimney crown. To repair this water damage as well as to prevent water damage from even happening, you will need some sort of type of masonry restoration work from a professional chimney company like SirVent Chimney and Venting Service. We have experienced professionals on hand that can perform several types of masonry restoration work, and we would like to tell you more about the types of masonry restoration work we provide.

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Repointing and Tuckpointing: Is There a Difference?

To provide you with a better understanding, the Masonry Magazine, the official publication of the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA), states that looking at the differences between the 100-year old definitions of the masonry terms “pointing,” “jointing,” “repointing,” and “tuckpointing” will give you a better idea of what repointing means today:

  • Pointing – The definition of pointing is the placement and careful tooling of a mortar joint between bricks and stones, and contrary to jointing, this process scrapes back the mortar joint several days after the completion of the brickwork.
  • Jointing – Jointing is what bricklayers do today, the process of finishing the joint along with the brickwork being completed.
  • Repointing – Typically the type of restoration work done on older mortar, 100 years ago, repointing meant replacing a failed mortar joint, which happened about once a century.
  • Tuckpointing – The word “tuckpointing” referred to a specialized application of pointing where the bricks were first sanded to a smooth surface and the original mortar joint is masked with a thin strip that matched the brick in color. Then, the joint was meticulously shaved down to match exactly the other joints in the chimney, and a fine, usually white mortar was tucked over the lines and finely manicured to look like no repairs had ever been done.

Today, “repointing” refers to repairing damaged mortar joints by filling in the gaps and holes created by water penetration, and “tuckpointing” refers to replacing deteriorated mortar with new mortar. The experienced and trained professionals at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service are able to provide both types of masonry restoration to repair spalling and other damage due to water penetration of your masonry and mortar joints.

Keeping the Water Out!

After explaining the different types of masonry restoration we provide, SirVent Chimney and Venting Service would like to tell you a little bit about a way to prolong the life of your chimney system’s mortar and masonry materials:

  • Waterproofing – Using specially formulated materials that prevent water from penetrating into your bricks and masonry joints but allow vapors to pass through your chimney, our technicians have been applying the Chimney Saver Water Repellent for the past 20 years successfully to chimneys all over the Central Mississippi area. Your chimney will be protected from water penetration that causes the damage that needs masonry repair work.

If you have loose bricks and chips in the mortar of your chimney, contact our certified and professional staff today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to being your selected chimney service provider.