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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This was my first experience having my chimney cleaned and I wasn’t sure quite what to expect! I was very impressed with how careful the technician was to ensure that nothing got on our carpet or couches using tarps and a special vacuum to filter the air and ensure no soot got into the home.
It was a good feeling when your technician started setting up and took the time to assure me he would leave my home as clean as he found it.
A to Z is definitely pro! Thanks for a professionally clean chimney, and a totally clean house!
~ Tim Sullivan, Antelope, CA
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