The masonry structure of your Midlothian, VA, the chimney must be strong and free of damage if it’s to serve you safely and efficiently. Chimney Saver Solutions provides complete chimney rebuilding services as well as tuckpointing, brick repair, brick replacement, and masonry waterproofing.
Chimneys that have suffered serious damage are no longer safe to use or live around. Our experienced team of masons and chimney repair techs regularly rebuild chimneys for our Midlothian customers, and we know exactly what is needed to restore strength and safety to any chimney. Chimney rebuilding can entail just the top section of the chimney (the chimney stack) or the entire chimney including the stack and the chimney breast, which is the part below the roofline.
A thorough chimney inspection will tell us where the damage started, why it started, and what steps will be required during the rebuilding process.
How Do Chimneys Become Damaged?
Many events can cause damage to a chimney, and we’ve seen most of it in our Midlothian chimney rebuilding projects.
- Lightning strikes and pounding hail
- Season after season of excessively hot and cold weather temperatures
- Minor cracks in the masonry that have expanded to let in large amounts of destructive water
- Chimney fires
- Interior masonry damage caused by a faulty chimney liner
- Gale-force winds
- Extreme shifting of the house or the chimney footing
These and other events can start a process of severe deterioration to your Midlothian chimney. Our technicians know how to work with every type of damage.
Tuckpointing & Brick Repair
When chimney problems are detected early, there are several ways we can address issues without having to engage in full or partial chimney rebuilding.
Tuckpointing is a process whereby we scrape out the deteriorated mortar between the bricks and replace it with a fresh, strong compound. Damaged mortar joints, if ignored, can lead to a chimney that leans to one side or collapses.
Brick that is spalling (damaged) also can lead to serious masonry compromise. Bricks can become loose and cracked because of water infiltration and some of the other events we mentioned above. We perform a lot of brick repair and brick replacement work throughout Midlothian and surrounding areas to restore strength and safety to chimneys.
For minor cracks in the masonry, we often recommend a strong waterproof sealant to keep more water from getting into the system.
Spotting Chimney Masonry Problems Early
You can do periodic visual examinations of your chimney to spot loose bricks, crumbling mortar, and obvious damage to components such as the cement chimney crown and chimney flashing.
Problems that start in these and other areas and are ignored often lead to significant damage down the line and require some level of chimney rebuilding to remedy.
Chimney leaks are a big problem for some Midlothian homeowners. If you notice the following signs of a leaky chimney, call us immediately before using your fireplace again.
- Water in the firebox
- Strong/unusual odors coming from the fireplace
- White stains on the exterior chimney masonry
- Damp patches on walls and the ceiling near the fireplace/chimney
- Mold growth on or near the fireplace
Complete or partial chimney rebuilding can be prevented in many cases by having your chimney inspected once a year by our CSIA-certified technicians. We’ll spot early signs of problems and get them fixed before they become expensive to repair or rebuilding projects.
If you’re having issues with your Midlothian chimney, we’re on-call year-round for chimney rebuilding, chimney repair, chimney inspection, and chimney cleaning services. Call (804) 794-6009 and get the problem solved.