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Masonry Tuckpointing

This chimney's mortar joints are in terrible shape! This chimney may be structurally unsafe and have to be completely rebuilt.

This chimney’s mortar joints are in terrible shape! This chimney may be structurally unsafe and have to be completely rebuilt.

The glue holding the bricks together on your chimney is called mortar and it is a vital part of your chimney’s structural integrity! Due to heat, rain, freezing, and thawing, the mortar between your chimney’s brickwork will eventually turn soft, become crumbly and turn into sand. Generally speaking, the older your chimney, the more likely the mortar will be eroding and in need of repair.

Specialized tools are used to remove the loose and sand mortar joints.

Specialized tools are used to remove the loose and sand mortar joints.

Like a tooth cavity, if left unchecked, the mortar can disintegrate so badly that the entire chimney becomes unstable, requiring several layers (courses) of your chimney’s brick to be torn off and relayed, or worse yet, the entire chimney may need to be completely torn down and rebuilt from scratch.

Tuckpointing is the process by which soft and crumbling mortar joints are repaired, thus extending the life of your chimney significantly.

Once the failed mortar joints have been removed, new mortar is packed into the joints and then tooled for a smooth, even finish.

Once the failed mortar joints have been removed, new mortar is packed into the joints and then tooled for a smooth, even finish.

With special tools A to Z’s technicians can remove the damaged mortar joints and then re-pack new mortar between the bricks to dramatically reduce water leaks and restore the chimney’s structural integrity.

If your chimney’s mortar joints are deteriorating or missing, having A to Z tuckpoint the affected areas on your chimney now will save you from requiring more extensive (and expensive) repairs in the future!

 

If a chimney inspection indicates you have glazed or 3rd stage creosote, don’t panic. The experts at A to Z have the special skills and tools to remove it…all part of their comprehensive masonry chimney repair services.


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That could explain why it was taking so long for the clothes to dry. It was also a huge fire hazard. He cleaned up the area outside. I couldn't even tell he had been there. He pulled off the bottom of the dryer to check for lint build up in the dryer. There was a lot of lint in there too. He said he could clean the inside of the dryer also for an extra charge of $50.00.

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