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.