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What is Involved in Tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is a term that may be unfamiliar to people who don’t own a fireplace. In fact, it might even be unfamiliar to those of you who do own a chimney. If you want to make sure that your chimney is in the best condition, it’s important to learn about the repairs. Tuckpointing is a process that can make sure that your chimney is in great condition.

Take a Look Aroundwoman taking measurements of chimney bricks

Now that the weather is warm, it’s time to make sure that everything is in good condition, including your chimney. See what the mortar looks like and what it feels like. Does it seem crumbly or soft? Take a look around at the ground around the chimney itself. Are there white flecks or chips laying on the ground? If so, you have a condition called spalling. This is a good indication that the mortar is weak and needs to be replaced. If the faulty mortar is allowed to stay in your chimney, you may find yourself with leaks, improper ventilation, and smoky conditions, as well as structural instability.

Tuckpointing

Tuckpointing may seem like a very simple process. Just dig around a bit and get the faulty mortar out and then slap some new mortar in, right? Although this seems rather standard, it can, in fact, be a rather picky process. It takes special tools and techniques, and Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc is the place that has both of these. We make sure that our professionals are Chimney Safety Institute of America trained and certified, which means that we have the best training and education using the highest industry standards. We also have the proper tools to make sure that the mortar is removed without further disrupting the structure of your chimney.

Another important step in tuckpointing is making sure that the mortar is re-inserted properly. We make sure that the mortar is mixed correctly and applied under the correct conditions, and that it is the proper color to match your existing mortar. You want to make sure that your chimney looks good as well as works excellently, and that means making sure that you pick the perfect mortar for your chimney. When your neighbors comment on your chimney, they will be sure to mention that it looks amazing!

Call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc

Tuckpointing is an important process for aesthetic reasons, but also for the structural soundness of your chimney and fireplace. Avoid chimney damage by having annual inspections by qualified professionals. When you call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc, that’s exactly what you’re getting. The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll be able to schedule a thorough inspection and any repair work that needs to be done.

By Don Rhine on May 14th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Comments Off on What is Involved in Tuckpointing?

Summer Is The Time To Have Your Exterior Chimney Repairs Done

When would you rather do a complete and thorough do-it-yourself job of car detailing in your driveway on a beautiful summer day or in the middle of a blizzard? How about water skiing? Would you rather do this on a hot afternoon in the middle of July or during a sleet storm in December? The answer to these questions don’t take much thought. Of course you’d rather do these things when the weather is warm and sunny! Did you know that the question of when to have the exterior of your chimney worked on has the same answer? The best time to do exterior chimney work is right now – when the weather is hot and sunny.

Exterior Chimney Repair Jobs

Take a minute to walk outside and really examine the exterior of your chimney.  You may be able to see signs that there is some deterioration and damage taking place. Even if you can’t see it, that deterioration and damage might still be present. It’s always a good idea to do a visual check of the exterior of your home. However, you might want to give Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service a call and ask to schedule an inspection. This is so that you don’t miss needed repairs!

Why Summertime?

One reason that it’s a good idea to have your exterior chimney work done in the summer? Simply because it’ll be easier for your chimney professionals. If they try to start a project in the winter and the weather turns bad, it may be difficult for them to get back to the work. This extends the time that you have to live with an unfinished project. Also, there are jobs which need to have warm temperatures to ensure that they are done properly.

Tuckpointing

Over time, the mortar in your chimney is going to have some pretty good wear and tear from weathering. In the summer, rain storms can batter away at your chimney; in the winter, the freezing temperatures can cause a situation called the freeze/thaw process. This can also have damaging effects on your mortar. When this happens, your chimney professionals may recommend that you have tuckpointing done. Tuckpointing refers to the process of having the old, damaged mortar removed and replacing it with new, solid mortar. The thing is, the composition of the wet mortar is affected by the temperature, and warmth is definitely better when new mortar is curing.

Flashing Repair

If you look up and notice that your flashing is looking worn or torn, you will want to have this replaced sooner rather than later. Loose, weak flashing will lead to leaks inside your home. Flashing repair is also a warm weather job. It’ll be easier for your chimney professional to get up on your roof safely and do a more complete job when there is no snow or ice on your roof!

Right Time, Right People

Summer is the right time to have exterior chimney repair work done, and Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service is the right company to call to make sure that your chimney is repaired properly. Give them a call today!

By Don Rhine on July 7th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Summer Is The Time To Have Your Exterior Chimney Repairs Done