Many homeowners mistakenly believe that masonry structures like brick and stone chimneys require zero maintenance. In reality, the mortar joints in a brick or stone chimney are not that durable. Wind, rain and freezing temperatures conspire to erode these joints. Over time the weakened mortar joints will cause both water leakage and structural problems.A good rule of thumb is every 20-30 years a masonry chimney’s mortar joints will need to be cut-out, cleaned and refilled with fresh mortar–a process known as tuckpointing or repointing.Removing the old mortar during chimney repointing is a time-consuming, but necessary step in this process because it ensures a long-lasting repair. Unfortunately, we see numerous chimneys in our service area that have simply been “ribbon pointed.” Ribbon pointing refers to merely coating old deteriorating mortar with new mortar. A ribbon pointed chimney will require repointing in just 5-7 years whereas a properly repointed chimney will endure for decades.
If the mortar joints in your chimney have gaps, cracks or show visible deterioration, call Chadds Ford Chimney Sweeps for a solid repointing solution.
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“Extremely knowledgeable, professional and clean. They are not finished yet, as they had to treat my chimney with a chemical to loosen the creosote and will be back on December 20, 2008 to clean it. I was very impressed with two gentlemen who came out to do the work. I have no reason to expect that their work in cleaning the chimney will be any less than their first visit to treat the creosote. I would highly recommend them.”
“This was my second time using Chadds Ford Chimney Sweep. We had our air ducts, dryer vent and chimney cleaned. Kevin was clean, prompt and efficient. I have white carpeting in the living room, and you would never know they were there cleaning soot and ash!”
“The quality of the service was very good. Mr. Knight looked at all four of our chimneys and only recommended that one be cleaned. Although he was running late, he was kind enough to call well in advance and was very professional. We will certainly use him in the future and feel lucky to have found such a great company to work with.”