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Now that spring is here, you should take a look at the exterior of your chimney. This is to see if it has suffered from any cold weather damage. Did you spot any cracked, loose, or missing bricks and mortar joints? If so, Ashbusters can go ahead and make those masonry repairs for you now. Spring is actually the perfect time to take care of this task. Damaged masonry can lead to gaps and voids where water leaks can occur. So, you definitely want to prevent that from happening.

Why does cold weather cause so much chimney masonry damage?

Winter can be very hard on masonry materials. The bricks and mortar of your chimney are naturally porous, which means that they absorb water every time it rains. Because of this, moisture can get trapped inside the masonry. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), this moisture will freeze and expand within the bricks and mortar joints whenever the temperature falls below freezing. As the weather warms back up, the force of the water thawing out can cause the masonry materials to crack and break apart. Repeated cycles of freezing and thawing can lead to serious masonry damage and structural issues if the repairs are neglected. This is why it is best to take care of any chimney masonry damage in the spring.

What types of masonry repair services does Ashbusters provide?

Our chimney masonry technicians have the experience and training to properly repair and restore the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney. We use masonry techniques like tuckpointing to remove the damaged pieces and replace the mortar by tucking it in with pointed tools. Ashbusters take care to custom mix the mortar so that it matches the color and composition of the existing mortar to make the repair work indistinguishable. We provide other types of masonry services to the residents of the Charleston area, including new construction of chimneys and outdoor kitchens. You can trust Ashbusters to take care of all of your chimney masonry repair, restoration, and construction needs.

Has your masonry chimney suffered from cold weather damage? Contact us today at Ashbusters to schedule an appointment for our masonry repair services.