At Precision Restoration Co. we also provide the following specialized Chimney services.
If you require a chimney repair, make sure the firm you hire is thorough. Check with your local Better Business Bureau, National Chimney Sweep Guild, Wisconsin Guild of Chimney Service Specialists, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
How can I keep the masonry chimney from deteriorating?
No matter what anyone tells you, their is one thing you should know: Water deteriorates masonry through freeze/thaw cycles. Therefore, it is to you chimney's advantage to avoid as much moisture as possible.
Exterior moisture such as rain and snow can be limited
with proper construction. The most important component of the
exterior is to have a waterproof concrete crown on top of the
chimney that is approximately 4" thick with a 2" overhang
on all sides and a water-formed-brake on the bottom of the overhang.
Unfortunately, most chimney's are not built in this manner. This
is comparable to building a house without having an eve or overhang
on all sides; no quality builder would recommend this. The rain
and snow coming into direct contact with the sides of the building,
whether made of brick, stone, or wood siding, would make maintenance
on those surfaces an annual event. Additionally, applying a commercial
grade breathable water repellent to the chimney will help protect
the brick and mortar from the weather elements as well.
Common signs that show interior moisture problems
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