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.
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.
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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Dear A to Z,
We wanted to thank you and tell you that we were impressed by your employees and the work you did at Sunnyside Steakhouse & Lodge (Tahoe City, CA).
To reline our 50+ year old chimney, rebuild the firebox, install a fan on the top of our huge chimney, and refurbish our ornamental chimney cap was a big job.
You and your crew did it professionally, timely, and you were very clean. What we are excited about most is that we (and our guests!!) are enjoying a fire on a night when it would have been virtually impossible to do so because of the wind direction! No more chimney smoke spilling into our lodge! What you’ve done for us is fantastic. Thanks for taking this job even though it was out of your area.
~ Jeff Oxandaboure, General Manager & Janet Gregor, Lodge Manager
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