Chimney Rebuilding In Richmond VA
Has the chimney at your Richmond home suffered serious damage and now needs work before it’s safe to use again? Chimney Saver Solutions can help with expert chimney rebuilding and chimney restoration services. Here’s how.
What’s Involved in Chimney Rebuilding?
Our CSIA-certified technicians will first do a thorough assessment of your chimney before starting any work. We want to determine why the damage has happened and the extent of it. This allows us to do only the work that’s necessary and possibly prevent similar damage in the future.
Chimney rebuilds that we perform in the Richmond, VA, region can be either partial or complete. Most rebuilding projects center around the chimney stack – the part of the structure that’s above the roof. We can also rebuild and repair the chimney breast, which is the part below the roof line.
Tuckpointing & Brick Repair Can Save a Chimney
If your chimney has sections of crumbling brick and mortar, tuckpointing may resolve the problem. Tuckpointing scrapes away decayed, deteriorated masonry and replaces it with a strong new compound that will keep your chimney sturdy for many years to come.
In cases where you have some cracked or deteriorated bricks, we will perform brick repair or replacement to keep the overall structure from degrading to the point that major rebuilding work is needed.
The Chimney Rebuilding Process
Many events and circumstances can cause significant damage to a chimney structure (see below). Rebuilding work should only be undertaken by skilled masons who are both licensed and insured. A lot can go wrong during a chimney rebuild if the workers aren’t properly trained and experienced.
Our chimney rebuilding work for customers throughout the greater Richmond area may involve removing large sections of the chimney structure and literally building those sections all over again.
When a chimney stack or breast is damaged to the point none of it can be salvaged, we’ll completely remove it and construct a brand new chimney.
The concrete chimney crown is another part of chimneys that sometimes need rebuilding. The crown sits atop the chimney and protects the inside of the structure and the bricks beneath it. When cracked, it can eventually break apart and lead to major water damage.
A key element of our chimney rebuilding services is ensuring that the rebuilt sections are stable, safe, code-compliant and aesthetically pleasing, just like your chimney was when it was brand new.
Historic Chimney Restoration
The Chimney Saver Solutions team specializes in all types of chimney rebuild projects including historic chimney restoration. Older homes in Richmond and other cities in Virginia often have chimneys that are no longer safe to use and have lost their visual appeal. We’ll restore your historic chimney to a state that’s safe, efficient and beautiful.
Richmond VA Chimney Damage: Causes & Reasons
The need for chimney rebuilding and repair can be caused by a variety of things, but a primary reason for major rebuild projects is that the homeowner neglected to have repairs made in the early stages of damage or malfunction.
Here are some of the common causes of serious chimney damage:
- Lightning strikes
- House-settling over the years
- Unstable or improperly built chimney footing
- Water damage
- Chimney fires
- Season after season of intense hot and cold weather
- High-speed wind storms
- Pounding hail
- Old age
Start with a Chimney Inspection
All our work for our Richmond customers begins with a formal or informal chimney inspection. Sometimes, we can tell immediately what the problem is; other times, we need to investigate more thoroughly. In either case, you’ll know what we’ve found and what we suggest to solve the issue before any work begins.
If your chimney is in need of urgent help, Chimney Saver Solutions of Richmond, Virginia, is prepared to solve the problem with expert chimney rebuilding and repair services. Learn more by calling (804) 440-5000.