Chimney repairs and re-pointing
The chimney is a highly visible part of a house or industrial property which is prone to a range of problems caused by exposure to the weather. Its visibility is both a blessing and a curse as it distinctive presence adds character to a house or is an eye-catching feature on its own.
But this can mean problems such as a blocked flue, worn out flashing or defective mortar. All of these affect the stability and function of the chimney and need to be addressed as soon as possible.
The flashing and the pointing need to be checked at intervals so that any potential problems can be dealt with at an early stage. This reduces the risk of dampness seeping through which can affect the underlying structure of the chimney and spread to the rest of the roof.
Types of chimney repairs
- Rebuilding chimney/chimney stacks (domestic properties)
- Chimney re-lining
- Cleaning chimney brickwork
- Repair/replace chimney pots
- Chimney smoke detection
- Chimney breast repair
- Chimney vent repair
We can also fit a guard over your chimney to prevent access to birds and other wildlife.
Re-pointing is a method in which the old, worn down mortar is replaced by new mortar. Mortar acts as a sealant between the brickwork and helps to maintain the structure of the chimney. Plus it protects the chimney against the British weather.
But this mortar gradually erodes over time which is a result of constant exposure to wind, rain and other elements. This exposure plus natural decay causes the mortar to crumble which reduces its weatherproofing.
The decayed mortar needs to be removed followed by the application of a new coat of mortar which will reduce the risk of dampness and structural failure.
If you have a chimney issue then speak to one of our experts who will discuss chimney re-pointing and other similar repairs with you.