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Chimney Spalling Repair

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Unfortunately those who are familiar with chimney spalling have most likely experienced it. The last thing a homeowner wants for their beautiful masonry chimney is to see it fall apart before their eyes.

It can be a costly repair depending on the damage, and most often points to a more serious problem: water damage. Because of the way masonry chimneys are constructed and the materials they’re made of, water is extremely damaging to their structure, and spalling bricks should be taken seriously.

Chimney Spalling Repair Image - Carbondale CO - Bulldog Chimney SweepsWhen Your Chimney Masonry is Spalling

If you notice cracks, shifting, or holes in the bricks of your chimney, or you find chimney materials in your yard or on your roof, you are dealing with spalling masonry. It’s caused most often by moisture penetration, and just wear-and-tear over time. It may seem to some like a cosmetic repair, but the fact is that spalling masonry can leave gaps for moisture to enter the chimney system, causing extreme damage in the future. It’s best to call a professional to assess the spalling masonry at once.

A CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) can access the damage and decide how to proceed. Most likely the chimney sweep will remove and replace bricks individually, and sometimes remove and replace the mortar, a process called tuck-pointing.

A Professional Repair

A Certified Chimney Sweep is experienced and professional and should have ample experience in masonry repair. A certified professional will color match the bricks and mortar, even painting the bricks in some cases, called refacing. Yes, you can find D-I-Y tips and tricks online, but this repair is serious, and should be done by an expert.

Repairs to brick spalling do not usually take long, but they can be expensive. This is why it’s vital to keep up with regular maintenance to your chimney system, and this includes preventative measures, that save you money in the long run.

Part of spalling repair is to waterproof the masonry after the repair is complete. A certified chimney sweep will apply a sealant to the chimney’s exterior. This sealant is specially formulated to allow vapors to escape, while keeping moisture out of the chimney system. This is a chemical that should only be accessed and applied by a certified chimney sweep.

Bulldog Chimney Sweeps is experienced in the Colorado climate and knows which products stand the test of time. We use only the best, and it’s applied by our expert CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps.

Other Preventative Measures

Bulldog offers other waterproofing services to make sure the weather stays out of your chimney and fireplace. The slightest draft or bit of moisture can affect the way your chimney works, so we recommend waterproofing all masonry chimneys.

Our waterproofing services include:

  • Waterproof sealants for crown, masonry, and flashing
  • Installation or repair of chimney cap
  • Installation or repair of chimney flashing

Contact Bulldog Chimney Sweeps today to discuss your damaged or spalling brick today.