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Chimney & Masonry Repairs Somerville NJ


Chimney deterioration can lead to water damage and safety hazards. We can repair small chimney problems now before they become large problems or tradgedies.

Chimney Repairs — Masonry Repairs

Chimney Repair & Masonry Repair Somerville NJA masonry chimney is constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials, including brick, mortar, concrete, concrete block, stone, flue tile, steel and cast iron. All masonry chimneys contain combinations of, or possibly all of, these materials, most of which are adversely affected by direct contact with water or water penetration.

We can repair damage to any part of your fireplace or chimney, whether you need repointing, repairs to broken or loose bricks, repair of a leaking crown, broken flue liner or other problems.  Since water damage caused many of these problems we will discuss some of those issues below:

Water Penetration
All masonry chimney construction materials, except stone, will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. Masonry materials deteriorate quickly when exposed to the freeze/thaw process, in which moisture that has penetrated the materials periodically freezes and expands causing undue stress. Water in the chimney also causes rust in steel and cast iron, weakening or destroying the metal parts.
Note: While most stone is not affected by water penetration, large amounts of mortar are required to bond the stone together properly. Therefore, a stone chimney � just like a brick chimney � should be protected from the effects of water penetration.

Preventing Water Damage
Chimney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney. Chimney caps have long been recognized as an important chimney safety and damage prevention component. Learn more about Chimney Caps by clicking here.

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Waterproof Your Chimney
Most masonry materials are porous and will absorb large amounts of water. Common brick is like a sponge, absorbing water and wicking moisture to the chimney interior. Defective mortar joints or the use of improper mortar or brick can greatly increase the tendency to absorb and convey water to the interior of the masonry chimney.  Click Here to Learn More about waterproofing your chimney

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