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We Provide Quality Tuckpointing

There are some things you know about chimney inspection, upkeep, and repair. For instance, if you use your chimney a lot, you know that over time, creosote forms and needs to be removed by a professional chimney sweep in order to avoid the possibility of a chimney fire and also to control odor. This is why it’ so important to have your chimney cleaned at least annually. You probably also know that when you use your chimney a lot, things can crack or chip, sometimes just from the action of normal house settling. This is another thing that a quality chimney sweep company like Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc will look for when they do an annual inspection and cleaning. But do you know what it means to have your chimney tuckpointed? This is a common repair job that chimneys need, and one that the professionals at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service have performed many times.

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Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to have your annual chimney inspection and sweeping done. But first, take a walk around your home and give your chimney a look over. Take special notice of the condition of the mortar. Touch it to see if it feels soft and spongy, maybe even crumbly. Look at the ground around the chimney, too. Do you see little flakes or specks of white on the ground? If this is the case, it means that spalling is occurring. Spalling is a condition that occurs when water gets into the brick and mortar of your chimney, causing the surface area to peel or flake off. This weakens the surface area and can cause structural damage to occur.

Tuckpointing

When a professional from Chim Cheroo Chimney Service comes in and inspects your chimney, one thing he’ll be looking for is spalling. If this condition is present, the best way to fix it is through tuckpointing. In this process, the mortar is carefully picked away, and then new mortar is installed. We make sure that the new mortar is the perfect consistency and composition to fill in the gaps and restore strength to your chimney structure. At Chim Cheroo, we know that the appearance of the chimney is important as well, so we make sure to pick the perfect color mortar to match the existing mortar, so that this transition is seamless and natural-looking.

You may be tempted to complete this process yourself, but it works best with the tools and experience that a qualified chimney service can provide. Chim Cheroo Chimney Service has been providing excellent service to the residents of north central Ohio for over 30 years. You know you can trust their CSIA certified professionals to get your tuckpointing done right. We aren’t satisfied until you are, so give us a call today to set up your spring chimney inspection and cleaning and any repair work your chimney may need.

By Don Rhine on April 29th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Comments Off on We Provide Quality Tuckpointing

Leaky Chimneys

A leak can never mean a good thing. If your pipes are leaking, you could be in for a big mess that will take a lot of work to clean up. If there is a leak in your tires, you might end up with a flat in the middle of the interstate. If your roof is leaking, you might end up with an upstairs bedroom with the floor all wet once rainy weather hits. And if your chimney leaks, you could end up with some pretty costly repairs. If you’re like most people, there are plenty of things you’d rather buy before having to spend your money on expensive chimney repairs.

Signs That There’s a Problem

There are a couple of ways for you to tell that your chimney is leaking. An obvious one is that there is moisture in the firebox of your chimney. But there are other, more subtle clues, and the earlier you find these, the easier it will be to fix the problem. If you notice that the wallpaper or plaster by your chimney or fireplace is damp or shiny looking, especially when it rains, chances are that there’s a leak in your chimney. The same is true for the ceiling near your fireplace. If you notice sagging plaster or stains in your ceiling paper, it’s important to call Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service soon so that we can find the source of the problem and take care of it before further damage is done to the interior of your home.

Causes of Leaks

There could be several things that are causing leaks. One of these is precipitation, and although there’s nothing you can do to stop the rain from falling, there are ways to make sure that only minimal damage to your chimney occurs. First, take a close look at your chimney. If you notice that the mortar or even the bricks look crumbly or weak, or if there are flecks and little pieces of mortar or brick on the ground around the chimney, these can all be signs of spalling – another sign that you have leaks. Spalling is the process of water that is in your bricks or the mortar that holds your bricks together working its way to the surface, causing pieces to break away or pop off, which leaves these materials weakened. Over time and if left untreated, spalling can cause major structural damage to your chimney, including interior leaking.

Another cause of chimney leaks is a broken or cracked chimney cap. The chimney cap protects your chimney from animals or debris getting in, but also from precipitation entering. This is an important line of defense against leaks, and if it is in a state of disrepair, you could be finding water in your home.

Call the Pros

If you are concerned about chimney leaks, call us to take a look at your chimney and fireplace. At Chim Cheroo Chimney Service, we take pride in helping you keep your chimney and fireplace in the best possible condition. We work hard to make your life easier and worry free!

By Don Rhine on March 7th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Leaky Chimneys