Mortar crumbling, infiltration by water, frequent use, exposure to the elements, and lack of preventative maintenance will make a chimney vulnerable, calling for major repairs, if not, a complete chimney rebuilding.
When a chimney is in very bad shape that simple repairs won’t cut, a rebuild is required. Most chimney rebuilds require erecting scaffold to gain access to the top of the chimney. Once the area is safely cleared, the removal process begins. Demolition is completed by skillfully saw-cutting the concrete chimney crown and masonry brick sections on the chimney. Upon reaching an appropriate level, the chimney is internally inspected, then the rebuild begins.
A Type N mortar that is carefully matched to the existing building mortar color, and presented to client for approval is used. After selection of mortar all the brick and mortar are lifted into place. Laying the brick is the next step. All the masonry work is built level, plumb, and square. The mortar is carefully smoothed using hand tools to create either a concave, convex, or flat finish. The chimney crown can then be installed, either by a new reinforced cement chimney crown or a one-piece precast concrete crown.
A chimneys lifetime depends on climate, usage, construction, and maintenance. When problems become apparent, it is often too late for simple repairs this is why regular maintenance, including a waterproofing plan, will need to be performed to maximize the chimneys life span.
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