Bridgeport Chimney Repair

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#1 Repair and Installation Experts for Your Chimney

Chimneys often need repairs due to weathering and time. Common fixes include repointing, where damaged mortar is replaced, and replacing cracked or broken bricks. Tuckpointing is a technique that is used to improve the look of deteriorating mortar between the masonry units. Repairing or replacing the chimney crown is also a common repair that we see. This helps to prevent water from entering at the top of the chimney. Flashing, which seals the joint between the chimney and the roof, may need repairs to avoid water damage. Installing or replacing a chimney cap helps keep out water, debris, and animals. The chimney liner, protecting the walls from heat, may require repair or replacement. Regular chimney cleaning removes debris and reduces the risk of fires. It’s essential to have professionals inspect and fix these issues to ensure a safe and functional chimney.

At Bridgeport Masonry Pros, we are your experts in chimney repair and new chimney installation. We have acquired the necessary skills and techniques through experience and training and we are ready to service you. Be prepared for the cold Bridgeport months by contacting us today for your inspection.  

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Is Your Chimney Trying to Tell You Something?

You may be wondering “How do I know if my chimney needs repair?” Or perhaps you have been uneasy about that crack in the mortar and you’re not sure if it is something that needs to be addressed. We have some good advice on how to recognize the need for repairs, and what could happen if you let them go unaddressed for too long. 

Cracks and Crumbles: One of the more obvious signs you have a problem with your chimney construction is when you can spot cracks in the mortar, or if your mortar looks like it’s crumbling. Sometimes it is hard to know if cracks are anything to be concerned about though. What if it is just one crack, or what if it is just small? Can I just put it off? Well, the crack won’t go away, and sometimes it can evolve into a major issue. Compared to the cost of a major problem, fixing your mortar crack is easy and inexpensive. 

Water Problems: It is raining hard and suddenly, water starts to drip from your ceiling or down the chute of your chimney. This is another clear sign that you are in need of a chimney repair. The culprit could be many different things and the best way to find out is to have a professional come out to diagnose the issue. It could be cracks to the exterior, problems with the chimney flashing, or a faulty chimney crown. Like all home improvement things, it may seem convenient to put the repair off, but over time the leaks can lead to more significant problems like mold or structural damage. As a general rule of thumb, the sooner you address the leak, the less it will cost.  

Mortar Mush: If your mortar resembles a mushy substance as opposed to the sturdy and hardened cement presentation you are used to seeing, then there is a problem. Loose or deteriorating mortar weakens the structural integrity of your chimney. 

Common Chimney Repairs

Chimney Repointing and Tuckpointing– Over the years, weather and wear can cause the mortar between the bricks or stones in your chimney to deteriorate. Repointing and tuckpointing is a technique used when the mortar between the bricks or stones in your chimney breaks down. The terms are used interchangeably but they are different. Repointing is the more involved technique and it is used when there is a functional repair such as improving structural integrity or strengthening the wall and sealing out water. Tuckpointing is employed to fix cosmetic blemishes.  

Chimney Crown Repair– The chimney crown is the top part of the chimney. It is typically constructed with mortar or cement after the bricks, stones, or other chimney construction material has been laid. The crown is the first line of defense against water. 

Chimney Cover Replacement– A chimney cover goes over the crown to provide further protection from water. It also prevents fires by directing smoke and embers away from the roof and structure.  If your chimney cover is eroded or missing, replacing it is crucial for preventing water damage and maintaining the overall health of your chimney.

Chimney Cap Replacement- A chimney cap is necessary for keeping out rain, debris, and animals from getting inside the flue. If the cap is damaged or missing, then the flue or fireplace is exposed to the outside elements. This can cause rust to the internal components like the damper and smoke shelf. It can also cause the masonry to deteriorate. 

Chimney Flashing Repair– Chimney flashing is the metal strip that seals the joint between the chimney and the roof. Over time, it may deteriorate or become loose, leading to water leaks. Flashing repair involves fixing or replacing this protective barrier.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chimneys

Should you hire a pro?

While the previously mentioned signs that your chimney may need repair seem obvious, they often are not. Hiring a professional for chimney repairs is usually your best and safest bet. At Bridgeport Masonry Pros we are experts with extensive experience in repairing chimneys. We have seen every kind of problem and know how to fix it. Safety is our number one priority – we come equipped with the right gear, so you don’t have to worry about heights, ladders, or other dangerous situations. Our solutions are long-lasting and will keep your chimney going for the long run. Our trained eyes can find hidden problems and prevent them from becoming much larger bills in the future. If your chimney repair is beyond your skill level, then hire the experts. We provide the highest quality chimney repair services in Bridgport, CT.

What is a chimney flue?

A chimney flue is the passageway inside of your chimney that directs smoke, gasses, and combustion byproducts from your fireplace to the outside atmosphere. Its main purpose is to ventilate your house and get rid of the harmful substances that are produced by burning wood or gas. The flue is lined with heat resistant materials such as clay tiles or stainless steel, which help protect the chimney and ensure proper drafting. Regular maintenance and inspection of the chimney flue is very important and should never be neglected, because it could put the safety of you, your family, or your home at risk. Regular chimney cleaning reduces the risk of a chimney fire, carbon monoxide exposure, smoke damage, and structural damage to the chimney.

What is the difference between a chimney cap and chimney crown? 

A chimney cap is placed on the top of the chimney flue to keep out rain, snow, debris, and animals. It acts as a barrier to prevent water damage and nesting. On the other hand, the chimney crown is a masonry slab covering the entire top of the chimney. It shields the chimney from water, reducing the risk of cracks and deterioration. Both the cap and the crown play important roles in protecting the chimney structure.

Hire the Trusted Bridgeport Chimney Repair Contractors Today

Stop putting off that chimney repair and contact us today for an inspection. We discuss the pros and cons of all the options with you and our costs are transparent. Contact your trusted chimney repair and installation experts today at Bridgeport Masonry Pros for your free estimate. 

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