Does your home have a brick chimney? If so, you likely know how much a chimney can add to a home in terms of value and appearance. While brick is one of the most durable building materials, it does have its vulnerabilities. Bricks can be damaged by moisture, sunlight, and extreme weather. The chimney's mortar can be especially vulnerable to decay. Once the mortar and bricks start to decay, your chimney can be unstable and its appearance can suffer. Decay also threatens your home's safety, curb appeal, and value. Here are three steps you should take regularly to maintain your brick chimney:
Reseal the crown.
One of the biggest threats to a brick chimney is water getting behind the bricks. To prevent this, builders often put crowns on the top of chimneys. A crown covers the gap between the brick chimney and the flue, and keeps water from getting in. The crown is attached to the top of the chimney with sealant. Over time, though, the sealant can break down. If it's allowed to break down for an extended period, then a gap can form in between the bricks and the crown. Water can leak in and damage the bricks and mortar from the inside.
You can prevent this by regularly resealing the crown. Sealant is readily available at any hardware store. If you're comfortable getting on the roof, you can do it yourself. Otherwise, a chimney specialist can help you.
Replace the flashing.
Flashing is an important element on your roof because it directs water to the appropriate drainage locations. Flashing is usually made of strips of metal. It's applied on joints and valleys around your roof. Flashing is commonly used around the base of a chimney to prevent water from leaking inside the roof and down the chimney's bricks. Over time, flashing can come loose, creating gaps where water can get in. Regularly check your flashing to make sure that it's fastened tightly to your roof. If not, you may need to refasten it or even replace it.
Have the mortar tuckpointed.
Mortar doesn't last nearly as long as brick. Once mortar starts to decay, it creates gaps where moisture can get it. The result is cracked, decayed, and deteriorated appearance. A lack of mortar can also make your chimney unstable. You can fix the problem by having a brick contractor tuckpoint the chimney. Tuckpointing involves scraping out the old mortar, replacing it with mortar that matches the bricks, and then overlaying that mortar with a contrasting mortar. The result is a more stable chimney and a clean, crisp appearance.
If your chimney is starting to look damaged or if you simply want to prevent future damage, talk to a brick contractor at places like AAA-1 Masonry & Tuckpointing about steps you can take, They can inspect your chimney and recommend solutions.
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