We are in for an interesting winter here in NE Texas. Forcasters predict above normal rainfall and the potential for lots of cold air and freezing rain. If you are feeling air drafts from your chimney, OR, if you are uncertain as to its condition, now is the time to act.
When moisture freezes in cracked mortar or faulty brick it expands the cavity, turning a small problem into a large one.
2014 - An El Nino Winter
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This chimney face fared poorly last winter. The homeowners attempted point-and-tuck mortar replacement, but choose modern mortars that did not permit the brick to swell and contract. As a secondary line of defense, they applied a sealant.
The result was facial failure. The brick had nowhere to expand but outward, and when it met the sealant, it forcefully broke through, taking the face of the brick with it.
The lesson here? When you need chimney repairs, it is important to talk to a professional mason.
An Ounce of Prevention
The leak depicted on this image eminated from a cracked flashing. Freezing rain can detrimentally affect older flashing, pitted mortar or bricks, and loose roofing tile.
Now is the perfect time of year to have your roof and chimney professionally examined. You may not have leaks at this point, but if minor problems are not addressed before inclment weather sets in, they can turn into major ones and add to the cost of chimney repair.
The Winter Checkup - Examine all your masonry
We all dread the thought of having to buy antifreeze for our car this year, but we know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Our Masonry structures need the same kind of preventative tactics.
Check for cracked mortar, flaking bricks or stone, gaps between the bricks, and evidence of moisture on or around your:
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Plano Brick Repair can assist with any type of masonry repair you may require. We have been serving the NE Texas area for more than two decades and will be happy to assist you.