The chimney is one of the most taken for granted structures of a home. A neglected chimney may do its job reasonably well, and because of this many folks become indifferent to it. However, a chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to the weather can be a potential safety hazard. This can become an entry spot for water to enter the chimney. The crown is the top element of a masonry chimney. It covers and seals the top of the chimney from the flue liner to the chimney edge. This crown should provide a downward slope that will direct the water from the flue to the edge of the crown.
Here at Clean Sweep our professionals realize that while bricks on your chimney last a century or longer, the mortar surrounding those bricks have a much shorter lifespan. Depending on the exposure your chimney has had due to excess water or other conditions, your mortar usually lasts approximately twenty-five years.
When determining if your home needs this type of repair, call us for an inspection. Upon inspection a determination is made as to the integrity of the mortar in question. Then, the most preemptive action a homeowner can take is to have the mortar replaced. This will restore the structural stability of the chimney and help to prevent water from entering the chimney system. This is considerably more cost effective than a total tear down and a rebuild. This restores your masonry to the most optimal condition and improve the value of your home.
As with any aspect of your home, your fireplace requires maintenance to ensure family safety. Fire brick is a liner within your fireplace that not only absorbs heat but also provides a buffer between the firebox and the fire itself. These can become damaged after years of use which can cause the fire brick to crack or fall out. This can become a potential fire hazard and needs to be replaced or repaired before using your fireplace. We can restore the beauty and function to your firebox or hearth once again while maintaining the safety of your fireplace.
Serious damage can occur in your chimney with the start of even a hairline crack. Catching this repair job before it turns into a major rebuild project is optimal. We professionals here at Clean Sweep, following our careful inspection, can repair and replace indvidual bricks. However, if the majority of the brick are compromised then your chimney may need to be rebuilt from the roof line up. We will keep the original design and match the existing brick as much as possible. Call us for an appointment.