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All About Tuckpointing

When it comes to your chimney, there are things you should not take granted for. This include the dampers, which helps with the airflow of your fire. The bricks and mortar joints hold your chimney together. A solid chimney cap, sided with metal grids, keep rain, debris, and animals out of your home.

However, all of these things are vulnerable to the affects of time and weathering, including your sturdy chimney masonry. Our expert masons are here to help when your chimney is worn out, call us right now to get your chimney masonry back to its former glory.

Precipitation and the Negative Effects

All About Tuckpointing - Mansfield OH - Chim-Cheroo Chimney ServiceOne of the biggest enemies of your masonry chimney is precipitation. Cold temperatures, sleet, hail, and snowstorms, all of these weather can really make you appreciate your fireplace even more! Your masonry chimney withstands against all the harsh wind and precipitation. However, your masonry chimney is very porous, and when the temperatures drop, that moisture freezes and expands. This cause the pores to expand. As this cycle repeat itself, those pores become big enough to cause structural instability in your chimney.

If your chimney is unstable, you are faced with bricks falling out. It can also cause other issues such as gas leak. The harmful gases can go back into your home rather than out through the chimney. Not only can gases leak back come back into your home, but faulty mortar can also cause water leaks to occur. Water leaks can cause weakened walls, basement damage, and weakened ceilings, while gases leaks can cause serious health issues to your family. Both of these situations are incredibly dangerous!

Tuckpointing

If you take a walk around your home and notice that there are some white flecks or flakes around your chimney, chances are your mortar isn’t in a good shape. However, our professionals are here to tuckpoint your chimney. Tuckpointing is the process of removing the old, crumbly mortar from between the bricks and replacing it with new, strong mortar to reinforce the integrity of your chimney masonry.

If you need tuckpointing, you’ll want to call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. We have the tools, training, and expertise to get the job done right. We’ll match the new mortar to your existing mortar so you get a beautiful and structurally sound chimney to enjoy for years to come. Call us at 419-752-2231 today!

By Don Rhine on September 14th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Chimney Cap or Chase Cover

Some parts of the chimney are easily recognized and easily explained. For example, the damper is important because it serves two very useful purposes: it keeps the cold outside air from coming into your home and it keeps the heated air from inside your home from leaving through your chimney. The flue liner protects the interior of your chimney from the corrosive effects of snow and precipitation as well as keeping the interior walls and ceiling of your home safe from the heat of combustion. The firebox keeps your fire contained. But there are two components of your chimney system that often get mixed up, and they are the chimney cap and the chase cover.Chimney Cap or Chase Cover - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo Chimney

Role of the Chimney Cap

The chimney cap is at the very top of your chimney. It sits on top of the chimney crown and fulfills the purpose of guiding precipitation away from the chimney opening and onto the slope of the roof so that it doesn’t trickle down into your chimney where it can cause deterioration and damage. It also keeps birds and animals out of your chimney. This is important for several reasons. First, animals can be an annoyance. They seek out your chimney as a safe place to build a nest, out of the way of bad weather, cold winds, and predators. These nests can be obstructions that block the airflow in your chimney. When the babies are born, they can make noises that can be disruptive. Once the critters leave, the nest dries out, and that’s a fire hazard.

Chimney caps can also keep garbage, leaves, and twigs out of your chimney, as well as any other debris that may be floating around. But not only does your chimney cap keep things out, it also keeps sparks and embers from floating out of your chimney and setting your roof on fire.

Role of the Chase Cover

If you have a prefabricated chimney, you probably have a chase cover. Most prefab chimneys are made of metal, and the metal pipes that extend past the roof are oftentimes covered by a chase cover. The chase cover actually plays the same role on a prefab chimney that a chimney cap plays on a brick and mortar chimney. It keeps things out of your chimney, such as animals precipitation, or dried leaves and sticks, and keeps embers from floating up and out of your chimney.

Which Do You Need

Whether you have a brick and mortar chimney or a prefabricated chimney, it’s important to cover it so that you don’t have unwanted material in your chimney, to keep precipitation out, and to keep sparks and embers contained. If you are looking to purchase a chimney cap for your brick chimney or a chase cover for a prefab one, give us a call at 800-284-8770. At Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc, we work hard to make sure our customers are satisfied, and we have the knowledge and expertise to get the job done right. Give us a call today!

By Don Rhine on August 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment