Now that spring is here, the warmer weather is the perfect time to do some things that can’t be done in the winter. Planting your garden, washing your windows, getting the lawn mower tuned up and cutting your grass are perfect to do in the nice spring weather. Another task that is perfect for the spring weather is fixing the masonry on your chimney.
Common Necessary Masonry Repairs
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that you have your chimney inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis. When you have your annual inspection, there are several things that they will be looking for. First, they’ll look for cracks in the mortar. Extreme temperature shifts can cause the mortar joints to expand and contract, and this can cause your mortar to crack. This is a problem that is easily fixed. However, if left unrepaired can cause major structural damage that can be very expensive.
When you burn wood in your fireplace, the smoke from the fire combines with moisture. It forms creosote when it reaches the cooler top of your chimney and condenses. This creosote is highly flammable and can cause chimney fires if not cleaned on a regular basis. If you have a gas burning appliance, the corrosive substance that they give off can damage the mortar of your chimney.
The freeze/thaw cycle can also damage the mortar of your chimney. When the water gets in the pores of the mortar and the temperature freezes, it expands and causes bigger cracks in the mortar. As this cycle continues, the cracks just get bigger, eventually causing structural damage. This freeze/thaw cycle is also a reason that it’s a good idea to have your mortar repair work done in the warm springtime.
Mortar Work and Cold Weather
When it’s cold out the moisture in the mortar freezes it can cause mortar expansion. According to The Balance, “if the mortar contains more than 6 percent water, the expansion due to freezing will be great enough to crack the mortar.” Also, if the masonry needs to be rewetted, it may prevent the development of a good bond between the mortar and the bricks.
Call Copper Top Chimney Services
When your chimney needs mortar repair, springtime is the best time to get that repair work done. First, the repair work needs to be diagnosed. so make sure that you hire a CSIA certified inspector from Copper Top Chimney Services to check out your chimney inside and out. They’ll detect any mortar repairs necessary and then use the proper tools and procedures to make repairs. They know the tuckpointing techniques and will make sure that they match the mortar color and pack the mortar back into place. Don’t trust this work to inexperienced workers; call Copper Top Chimney Services today.