4 Signs Your Chimney Is In Need of Repair

Although a chimney is typically a sturdy, worry-free part of your home, problems can and will still arise. A chimney that is in need of repair should be treated as quickly as possible. One that is damaged can be a major fire hazard. The following four signs indicate that your chimney may be in need of repair.

White Staining – The white staining found on a chimney is called efflorescence. Efflorescence is an indicator of excess moisture in your chimney. While it is fairly simple to remove the stains, cleaning the chimney isn’t going to eliminate the moisture problem. If the issue is not addressed quickly, premature degradation of your chimney will most likely occur, as well as lead to other major problems with moisture.

Damaged Mortar Joints – Damaged mortar joints must be repaired as soon as they are spotted. When mortar weakens, the chimney is exposed to increased moisture. The increased moisture helps accelerate the weakening of the entire chimney. Added moisture helps lead to cracks in freezing weather. Larger cracks develop once the freezing weather is over. The entire chimney can be in danger of collapsing if damaged mortar is not repaired.

Rust – Similar to white staining, rust is a clear sign of a buildup of moisture within your chimney. Although not common like white efflorescence, rust should also be cleaned and treated as soon as possible. If your chimney damper is not sealed well or operate like normal, that is a sign that there is rust damage that is not visible. Cracked flue ties can also be the result of rust damage in your chimney.

Damaged Wallpaper – Any damage on the wallpaper near your chimney is a huge, easy to spot sign that there is something wrong with your chimney. Just like the previous three tips, damaged wallpaper near a chimney is usually the result of moisture buildup. Hold off on using your fireplace until repairs are made to the chimney or flue.

Contacting our professionals to inspect your chimney is the first step you should make if you are experiencing any of these four warning signs. That’s where Above All Chimney & Masonry comes into play. We specialize in chimney sweeps, chimney repair and brick pointing in Langhorne, PA.

Head over to our website at http://www.aboveallchimneys.com/ to see a full list of the services we offer or to see what makes us the best company for masonry in Philadelphia, You can also reach us by dialing 215-664-8884.

Signs That Your Property Might Need Masonry Repair

When it comes to proper maintenance and repair schedules, most property owners don’t pay as much attention to their brickwork as they should be. Though most people consider brick chimneys to be solid as a rock, they are actually fragile creations that need regular attention from a company providing expert masonry in Philadelphia.

Neglecting your chimney for too long can lead to a decrease in your home’s value, or worse, a dangerous situation caused by deteriorating masonry. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to call our professionals providing brick pointing in Philadelphia as soon as possible.

  • Cracked masonry. Take a look at your masonry, and pay special attention to the cement sealing your bricks in place. If you notice cracks or crumbling cement, it is likely that you are in need of repairs.
  • Crumbling bricks. One of the most obvious and easy-to-spot symptoms of deteriorating masonry is cracking in the outer bricks. Bricks tend to last much longer than mortar, so if you notice damage to the bricks, call a professional mason immediately, as this usually means that the chimney has been without repair for a serious amount of time.
  • A failing flue. Inside the interior of your chimney is the flue, the filtration screen that allows smoke and other debris to escape through the chimney. It is usually made of tiled stone, and is extremely important to keep in proper condition; a damaged flue can cause the buildup of carbon monoxide in your home, an odorless and colorless gas that’s toxic if inhaled. Being exposed to large amounts of smoke, corrosive chemicals and moisture over the years is usually the cause of most flue deterioration. Be sure to check out the condition of your flue regularly. If you notice flaking or chunks of flue tiling missing, it’s time to schedule an appointment for repairs.

If you notice any of these signs, we encourage you to contact our experts at Above All Chimney & Masonry for masonry repair today!

Video: Why It’s Important to Get Your Fireplace Inspected

If you have a fireplace, you might be wondering whether you need to get it inspected and how often. Here at Above All Chimney & Masonry, we have the answers! In this video, you’ll discover why it’s important to get your fireplace inspected to prevent future issues. Please contact our team at Above All Chimney & Masonry if you wish to get your fireplace inspected.

To learn more about our fireplace inspection services, give us a call at 215-664-8884!

Video: We’ll Help You Go Above All

Here at Above All Chimney & Masonry, we want to help you go above all. We offer chimney and masonry services throughout Bucks County and Montgomery County, PA, as well as other local areas, to provide you with a safer and healthier environment. If you looking for any kind of brick or chimney work, you can count on our team. Visit us at Above All Chimney & Masonry or check out our video to learn more!

A Few Pro Fireplace Tips Just in Time for Inspection Season

You probably know about the masonry and brick pointing work we do in and around Philadelphia; after all: We have a reputation for providing superior quality. But, did you know that we are also Philadelphia’s foremost chimney and fireplace repair and maintenance experts, too?

For this post, though, let’s just focus on fireplaces (we’ll talk about chimneys in the near future). Why? Because spring is the best time of year to get your fireplace inspected! Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “Why should I care about my fireplace when spring just started?”: You should keep reading so you can learn more about fireplaces!

All jokes aside, we here at Above All Chimney & Masonry thought it would be a good idea to offer a few tips about fireplaces — everything from safety to maintenance — now that the frequency of their use is tapering off as the average daily temperature increases.

Read on to learn more. When you finish, get in touch with us if you’re in Philadelphia and you need fireplace repairs or any other masonry work.

Fireplace Safety

Safety first, people! Before we get into the fun stuff, let’s make sure we’re avoiding the dangerous stuff with a quick overview of proper fireplace management.

Open the Glass; Adjust the Flue

If you have glass doors, keep them open while the fire is burning. Doing so will allow cool air to flow up the chimney. It’s also important to ensure the flue is properly adjusted to allow smoke to escape. Among the many undesirable side effects of having too much smoke in one’s home is the threat of creosote buildup, which is the enemy of all fireplace owners.

Mind the Flammables

Keep the screen closed so sparks don’t jump out onto the rug; and don’t put anything flammable near the fire. Not adhering to those two rules will almost certainly lead to a costly accident sooner or later.

Never Leave a Fire Unattended

This is self-explanatory, but we can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure someone’s eyes are on the fire burning in your home.

Fireplace How Tos

Now that we’ve addressed safety, it’s time to talk about the fun stuff: What you can burn, how to burn it, and what to do with the ashes.

DO NOT burn pine, cedar, spruce, or other softwoods because the fire they produce is especially smokey and leads to excessive creosote buildup. ONLY BURN HARDWOODS, such as maple, oak, birch, fruitwood, and almondwood.

Be sure to get the fires inside your home burning as hot as possible as quickly as you can. Slow-burning fires produce a tremendous amount of smoke over the course of their development, which can lead to — you guessed it — creosote buildup.

Don’t let the ashes in the fireplace get out of control. Needless to say, some ashes on the floor of the fireplace complement the aesthetics as much as they offer protection; however, there shouldn’t be any more than an inch of ash on the floor of your fireplace during fire season. More than an inch can cause premature wear and other damage.

Fireplace Maintenance

We’re not going to sit here and tell you that maintaining a fireplace is easy; we will, however, stand up and shout about how simple it can be if you solicit the services of your local fireplace experts.

Call the Pros Once a Year

Have your fireplace inspected by a professional at least once every year, preferably during spring, as the months immediately following winter (which is when your fireplace is most often used) can give you a head start on making any necessary repairs in time for the following winter. If you have any other questions about fireplace inspections, check out this video we recently created.

Call us today at 215-664-8884 if you need your fireplace inspected. And, if you’re looking for fireplace repair, installation, or other masonry services in Philadelphia, reach out via the same phone number or fill out a contact form and get a free estimate.

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