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Don’t Let Your Chimney Fall Apart

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You definitely don’t want your chimney to look like this.  Not only will your neighbors disown you, all kidding aside you won’t be making any new friends with a chimney like this, but letting your chimney fall into ruin is irresponsible and unsafe.  We don’t want to bring up the word lawsuit but… if your chimney should fall on someone, please get yourself a good lawyer.

Or give American Fireplace a call. We have been serving thousands of customers in the Greater Houston Metro and the surrounding areas (Brenham, College Station, Galveston, Katy, Kingwood, the Woodlands, Richmond, Spring, Sugar Land) for 20 years! As Certified Master Chimney Technician Certification holders from the Certified Chimney Professionals, we take our training business and your fireplace and chimneys seriously. And with a 3-year warranty on service against mold and mildew and a 1-year warranty on parts, we stand behind our services and our products.

Many older homes built more than 60 years old were built with bricks and mortar. Known as masonry chimneys, they were made with some of the most durable materials at the time. The problem is that over time water deteriorates the exterior bricks causing water infiltration. The exterior masonry has been known to get chipped or spalled after the bricks have been weakened by water deterioration.  All brick and mortar chimneys will suffer water deterioration as a caused by exposure to rain, snow and hail. Add in the freeze/thaw effect of the winter and moisture finds its way into the masonry causing it to erode and weaken over time. Stone chimneys won’t endure the same type of accumulated deterioration as a brick chimney but the mortar holding the chimney will suffer the effects of water deterioration. If your home was built in the 1950s, you most likely have a metal hearth system.  Metal hearth systems also get damaged over time as rust sets in and prevents them to function properly.

There are many preventative measures that you can take to stop this from happening in the first place such as waterproofing or adding a chimney cap but if your chimney has reached the stage that is shown in the photo it’s too late. The deteriorated mortar joints on the chimneys exterior are entry spots for water and will have to be repaired or replaced. There shouldn’t be any gaps or missing mortar. The gaps will just allow more water to infiltrate the chimney and cause damage. A common repair for deteriorated mortar joints is called repointing in which the mortar joint is cut and repacked with new mortar. If done properly with the right materials the chimney’s life span will be extended.  There is now way to know for sure the extent of the damage without a chimney inspection. Call us at 281-497-2446 and we’ll set up a time that’s convenient for you.

Remember, at American Fireplace we care about your Air!

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