Of all the things that might go wrong with your chimney system, the worst might be masonry damage. When the masonry becomes damaged, the chimney can take on water from the top or sides. Water can destroy the chimney system from the inside out, leading to rusted and damaged parts, stains, and even water damage, leaks, and mold in other areas of the house. If you have masonry damage, don’t hesitate to get it resolved as soon as possible to avoid more damage to the rest of the system.
When your masonry begins to flake, crack, crumble, and fall away, this is called spalling. Spalling masonry can compromise the structural integrity of your chimney, allowing water and weather into the system, and even lead to injury when bricks fall to the roof or ground below. When the masonry is damaged in this way, a process of tuckpointing becomes necessary.
What is Tuckpointing
Tuckpointing, or “repointing”, is the process of removing the spalling masonry and repairing it properly. A certified chimney sweep will remove the affected bricks and mortar and then replace the bricks using mortar carefully mixed to equal consistency, color, and strength of the original. This ensures the finished product is a seamless repair and beautifully restored chimney.
When to Consider Tuckpointing
Water damage is one of the most common causes of spalling masonry, but there are other causes we see at New Buck Chimney Services. When rainwater has high pH levels, the mortar used in masonry can become damaged and even crumble away. For exterior masonry, the mortar should be acid-resistant to avoid this type of damage. Other causes of spalling masonry include settling and shifting of the chimney and foundation. Earthquakes and minor seismic activity can lead to structural problems that lead to spalling masonry. If you notice cracks in your home or chimney, it’s important to schedule an inspection with a certified professional who can assess the damage and repair it.
Finally, tuckpointing becomes necessary when the masonry is affected by weather and heat over time. Brick and mortar, even when constructed properly, can naturally deteriorate with age, especially when it isn’t properly maintained. If your masonry is looking a little worse for wear, call a professional who can take care of it! Not only can we take care of your tuckpointing job, but we can also waterproof the exterior masonry with a vapor-permeable product that protects the masonry from water penetration year after year. Most water repellants keep water out while also sealing water in. The product we use keeps water molecules out while also allowing the chimney to breathe and work properly.
If you reside in Shreveport or the surrounding area and have noticed a problem with your masonry, you can trust New Buck Chimney Services with your repair. Call an expert at New Buck at 318-671-5007 to schedule your tuckpointing appointment now.