Masonry Repair, Portland Oregon
Chimney Sweep Specialist does complete reconstruction or minor repairs whatever your situation may be. Our technicians and Masons are trained to identify and determine the appropriate course of action. There is no job to small or big for our company! We also provide free chimney repair estimates! Call today !
Waterproofing your Chimney
Most Masonry materials are porous and will absorb large amounts of water. Common brick is like a sponge, absorbing water and wicking moisture to the chimney interior. Defective mortar joints or the use of improper mortar or brick can greatly increase the tendency to absorb and convey water to the interior of the masonry chimney structure.
Several products have been developed specifically for use as waterproofing agents on masonry chimneys. These formulas are vapor permeable which means that they allow the chimney to breathe out, but not in. Thus water that has penetrated the chimney, or moisture that has originated from inside, is allowed to escape, while the waterproofing agent prevents water from entering from the outside.
Water damage to masonry chimneys is usually a slow, subtle process. The problem is often not evident until it has become quite serious.
Although these water prevention measures may cost a few dollars initially, they will save you the major expense of large masonry repairs or rebuilding of the entire chimney in the not too distant future, and as such represent a wise investment in your home.
Chimney Sweep Specialist uses ChimneySaver Water Repellent the #1 water repellant for your chimney. ChimneySaver Water Repellents come with a 10 year Warranty and will reduce water penetration into the masonry by 99.9% according to ASTM tests conducted at the university of Wyoming.
The chimney crown, also referred to as the chimney wash, is the top element of a masonry chimney. It covers and seals the top of the chimney from the flue liners to the chimney edge. Most masonry chimneys are built with an inadequate crown constructed from common mortar mix, the same mixture used to lay the bricks of the chimney. This mortar is not designed for and will not withstand years of weather abuse without cracking, chipping or deteriorating; situations that allow water to penetrate the chimney. In fact, most sand and mortar crowns crack almost immediately after installation because of shrinkage. Cracks or missing pieces in the mortar crown can lead to extensive water damage in your chimney and very costly repair. Fixing these problems as soon as possible is important in saving you money!
The process of repairing a mortar joint in a brick wall is called “tuckpointing.” The term comes from the process of tucking mortar into the damaged mortar joint with the point of a trowel called a “pointing trowel.” Tuckpointing is a critical maintenance task and keeps water from entering the brick wall cavity. If water is allowed to get past the mortar and into the wall, brick failure may occur such as cracking or spalling (popping off of the brick face). Failure to fix cracks in your joints can lead to very costly repairs the longer it is left unfixed.
Chimney Sweep Specialist specializes in tuckpointing repair. Call today for a free estimate on chimney repair.
A damper stops heat from escaping up your chimney when the fireplace is not in use. If your fireplace does not have a damper or a tight fitting set of glass doors you are pumping money up your chimney. Give us a call! We offer throat dampers and top sealing dampers and damper cap combinations.
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Chimney Sweep Specialist also provides top of the line Chimney Sweeping, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Repair ( Masonry Repair) & Dryer Vent Cleaning. We service the greater the Willamette Valley from Portland down to Salem, Forest Grove out to Corbett, Mt Hood and all rural areas such as Molalla, Newberg, McMinnville, Colton, Woodburn, Sandy and many more areas. Call us today!!