Category Archives: brick masonry

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!

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Mary Poppins & Santa Claus

At first glance, it is hard to find much in common between the magic nanny and the jolly, plump, bearded Christmas icon.

They both fly. She takes her umbrella, while he summons his reindeer. She offers a spoonful of sugar, while he demands a plateful of cookies. They both have books, movies and songs that kids love.

…And they both appreciate a well-kept chimney. The same goes for Above All Chimney & Masonry, who offer the best chimney sweeps in Bucks County, PA.

If you remember in the 1964 ‘Mary Poppins’ film, there is a whole scene dedicated to chimney sweepers singing and dancing to “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Additionally, we all know that Santa Claus makes his annual toy deliveries via the smoky stack directly above the fireplace (only to his Nice-List.)

Whether you have been naughty or nice, we think you’d enjoy hearing the following four things that you may not know about Mary Poppins and Santa Claus:

  1. “A Spoonful of Sugar” was inspired by the Polio vaccine. That’s right. The famous song from the 1964 Disney movie, was influenced by medicine that was made easier to take when patients placed it on a sugar cube before ingesting. Things equally as easy to digest: our affordable prices, prompt customer service, and high-quality masonry services.
     
  2. Coca-Cola became Santa’s stylist. Back in the 1800’s, Father Christmas was illustrated wearing green, blue, brown, and purple clothes. Eventually it became popular for him to appear in a red suit. In 1927, Coca-Cola artist Haddon Sundblom created a whole marketing campaign only depicting him in red. The rest is history. 
  3. Disney won five Oscars. ‘Mary Poppins’ was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards. The good news: they won five. The bad news: They lost Best Picture to ‘My Fair Lady’. We can relate. We have numerous raving customer reviews on our online Testimonials page.
  4. Santa began utilizing chimney entrances in 1809. This occurrence began in a book by Washington Irving. This is the also first time he’s depicted as a heavyset, pipe-smoking, bearded man. Chances are he prefers visiting homes that use chimney services in Bucks County, due to the thorough cleanings provided by Above All Chimney & Masonry. 

If you have any questions or would like a free estimate, our supercalifragilisticexpialidocious representatives can be reached at 215-396-4294 or chimneyrich12@verizon.net.

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