Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring chimney leaks in Michigan

As it starts to begin to thaw in the Michigan spring weather you may notice new leaks and moisture coming through your chimney.  While this is a much more common occurrence in older and exterior rated chimnee if your chimnee was not constructed properly or was poorly repaired you may notice leaking also.   When it comes to chimnee leaks there are a variety of places that moisture can be penetrating. It is important to identify where the leak is coming from if it is coming from the ground the break itself the mortar joints in between the brick. The leak could coming from the counter flashing or step flashing around the chimney. In some cases may even be coming from the roof itself. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Masonry maintenance

Whether it's part of your home's facade, your front or back steps, outside or inside, Our Masonry professionals will help your home look its best. We can complement the brick, block and stone masonry anywhere in your home. Cultured stone can be a great way to accent your masonry. Replacing brick ledges with limestone can create a simple yet effective transformation of homes appearance

It has been said a chimney without a cap is like a house without a roof.

If you had a hole a foot wide in your roof you would fix it immediately. Chimney flues may be even larger than that, When it rains where does all that water go? It runs down the chimney flue tiles and seeps into the brick, stone, block and mortar.over time it can seep behind the firebricks. The inside of the chimney stays wet long after the rain stops.

This damage can often times be easily avoided by having a chimney cap installed. These caps help prevent animals and rain from entering your fireplace. Most caps also act as a spark arrester helping to catch any sparks that come up the chimney from catching the roof on fire.

Even though you may not be able see the damage happening, it's there, slowly deteriorating your brick fireplace and the masonry on your chimney. This is a particularly important  if you have a metal firebox incorporating a metal damper and smoke shelf. All fireplace dampers made of metal are subject to this deterioration as the water mixes with creosote and mild acids are formed. Even chimneys for wood stoves need of a cover.

If you leave your chimney without a cap when it rains water runs down the chimney flue tiles and seeps into the brick, stone, block and mortar. Over the years  it can seep behind the firebricks. Most caps also act as a spark arrester helping to catch any sparks that come up the chimney from catching the roof on fire.

Even though you may not be able see the damage happening, it's there, slowly deteriorating your brick fireplace and the masonry on your chimney. Contact us today to have a mason or chimney sweep com provide you with an inspection or repair.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chimney Repair Rochester hills (248) 895-7752

Chimney Repair In Rochester Hills Michigan can still be done in cooler temperatures. Mark Maupin of Brick Repair LLC explains how to properly perform masonry restoration and repair in Michigan weather.




1. Use a mortar accelerator or calcium chloride to help the mortar set faster

2. Use warm water to mix your mortar and concrete this will also aid the mortar in setting up

3. Use warm dry material

4. Tarp in and lay the brick in a heated enclosure

5. Use a fast setting concrete

6. Cover Masonry repairs or concrete with straw, tarps, and blanket to prevent freezing



The quality conscious masonry repair and restoration contractors at Brick Repair LLC take all the proper precautions necessary to ensure quality winter work is performed. Any experienced masonry contractor or chimney repair expert should without hesitation should be able to tell you what precautions they are going to implement to counteract cooler temperatures. Use of proper precautions does not negate common sense. Do not rush out to get a driveway poured in a freezing Michigan winter. What it does mean is if you have a masonry contractor with experience working a Michigan winter you can still receive quality work at a reasonable price.

This is how we go about a typical Michigan winter chimney repair. We will set up the scaffold and begin our demolition. Once the damaged brick on the chimney have been removed we will tarp in a heated enclosure where possible. A heated enclosure is really the most ideal method to lay brick in. In an ideal heated enclosure a mason may even be working in a t-shirt. When we are unable to tarp in a heated enclosure we will heat our brick, or heat the area we plan to tuckpoint. Accelerators and fast setting concretes are used to help achieve mortar and concrete strength. After laying the brick we will joint and tool the masonry joints then the heat wall again before brushing it.

When pouring concrete in the winter time similar methods are employed. Heating the concrete with a torch to help it set can be quite handy. Once your concrete is set you can tarp it and cover it with straw and/or blankets to help prevent any moisture in the concrete from freezing.

I hope this was helpful for anyone looking to get masonry work done in the winter, please feel free to call with any questions 1-248-895-7752


Michigan Chimney Repair, Masonry Construction, Fireplace Construction, and Masonry Contractor. Brick Repair LLC is happy to serve the following communities: Auburn Hills, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield township, Brighton, Canton, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ferndale, Drayton Plains, Eastpointe, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Grosse pointe, Highland, Highland Park, Howell, Hunington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Madison Heights, Milford, Rochester Hills Chimney Repair, New Hudson, Northville, Novi, Oak Park, Orchard Lake, Orion, Orchard Lake, Ortonville, Pontiac, Redford, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romulus, Roseville, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Utica, Walled Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Livingston County


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Chimney Repair Rochester Hills: Preventing Chimney Fires


Chimney Repair Rochester Hills: This is a warning about the danger of chimney fires and ways to prevent them. Most people don’t spend much time worrying about this potential dangerous situation. Why? Out of sight, out of mind. What you can’t see won’t hurt you…or will it?

Chimney repair and maintenance is important to prevent a chimney fire. A chimney fire can be devastating. Do you know what causes chimney fires?

The Anatomy of a Chimney Fire

When you burn wood in your fireplace the smoke it releases travels up the chimney. The smoke is full of matter that condenses on the flue liner. This matter is called creosote. As soon as the creosote has been produced, it continues to bond to the walls, waiting for a flame or spark to ignite it.

The type of wood that you burn can affect the amount of creosote that builds up along the flue liner. Unseasoned wood (green), for example, is the key perpetrator. Unseasoned wood hold a lot of moisture which needs to be removed in order for it to burn. Unseasoned wood produces a cooler smoke than seasoned wood and it is more likely to condense inside your chimney.

The temperature also plays an important role on the effects of your chimney. The cold air outside helps to cool off the smoke from your fireplace and also causes condensation to form creosote.

A chimney that runs up the side of your home rather than through the center is more likely to form condensation and creosote.

Failure to open the damper completely or closing the glass doors on your fire place will restrict airflow. Adequate air flow allows the smoke to escape before it condenses.

Bulky, compressed bundles of wood will burn cooler and cause more condensation. Hotter fires are best. Do not burn cardboard or paper in your fireplace because the small flaming pieces of ash can drift up your chimney and ignite the existing creosote.

There is no way to completely prevent creosote, but you can keep it down to a minimum. Chimney cleaning is the only way to remove creosote build-up and prevent chimney fires. Have your chimney cleaned on a regular basis to be safe.

A chimney repair and cleaning professional will also look for other damage that needs attention. If you have any doubts about the condition of your chimney, call a professional who specializes in chimney repair today.



The above information has been provided for the benefit of homeowners by Mark Allen Maupin of Brick Repair LLC He is a local Michigan masonry contractor with the last 16 years specialized in masonry restoration and Chimney repair. He is an expert at matching brick and mortar color. He will offer free estimates or answer question for any of the following services: Chimney rebuilds, Tuck pointing, Natural stone, Limestone replacement, Cultured stone, brick porch repair, Brick porch construction, Brick wall construction, pointing and work, grout replacement, and historic restoration.

Mr. Maupin looks forward to the opportunity to help you with and brick, block or stone project. Brick Repair LLC is building an extensive library of DIY devoted to the masonry trade.

Brick Repair LLC is happy to serve the following communities: Auburn Hills, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield township, Brighton, Canton, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, Ferndale, Drayton Plains, Eastpointe, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Highland, Highland Park, Howell, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Madison Heights, Milford, New Hudson, Northville, Novi, Oak Park, Orchard Lake, Orion, Orchard Lake, Ortonville, Pontiac, Redford, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romulus, Roseville, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Utica, Walled Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake, Oakland County, Wayne County and neighboring cities and communities.