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Chimney Repair, Repointing, Restoration & Rebuilds. We Do It ALL!

Owning an older home means you need to pay careful attention to your home’s health. The same is true for old chimney system. Masonry chimneys are designed to withstand a lot of temperature extremes. However, over the years, even the most well-built chimneys start to show signs of deterioration due to operational use and weathering.

There are a lot of different masonry issues that can occur in older chimney’s, and it is important to hire a chimney technician who has experience detecting and repairing masonry issues to check on your chimney. At Old Smokey’s, our experienced masons have seen a lot of masonry issues. We are all certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), this means we have extensive training on all the latest safety protocols regarding chimney inspections and repairs.

What are some of the masonry repairs Old Smokey’s offers?

Chimney Repair, Repointing, Restoration & Rebuilds. We Do It ALL - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey'sWe do it all! If your looking to do any type of remodel, restoration, or rebuild, our masonry experts can help you. However, one of the most important services we offer is preventative maintenance service. Your chimney goes through a lot of wear and tear throughout the year. It is critical to get your chimney inspected by our CSIA certified chimney technicians at least once a year.

Annual chimney inspections can catch masonry issues before they become a bigger problem. This saves you time and money while also protects your home from potential fire hazards. If you have already noticed issues, we can help. Poor construction, moisture invasion, and weathering are issues that we constantly run across. Most of the time, these small issues only require minor repairs. However, if your chimney has gotten to the point of disrepair, we can rebuild it!

If you have a chimney that’s looking a little worn out, and you want to restore it back to its original glory, we can help you. Our top-notch chimney restoration service is the best in the area. Our experienced masons use materials and techniques to make your chimney new and beautiful again.

We offer repointing!

Another service we provide is repointing. Repointing is the process of carefully removing old, crumbly mortar joints between your brickwork and replacing it with new mortar. This has a few benefits. It strengthens the bonds between your brickwork, keeps rain from entering your mortar joints, and also liven up the appearance of your chimney.

When it comes to the health of your chimney masonry, we are here to help. Call us today at 260-424-0009, or schedule an appointment online to meet with one of our CSIA chimney technicians to inspect and repair your masonry issues!

Let Us Take Care Of Your Chimney Restoration And Rebuilds

Is your chimney starting to look a little worn? Are there any loose bricks or missing mortar? Is it not functioning properly? Just like any other part of your house, your chimney may start to look worn out over time. In some cases, chimneys may get to the point where they need to be rebuilt entirely! At Old Smokey’s, our masonry experts can inspect your chimney and decided what the best option is for restoring or rebuilding your chimney.

What causes issues that lead to chimneys needing restoration or rebuilding?

There are a number of issues that can lead to your chimney needing restoration or rebuilding. However, there are three issues that arise which are more common than others relevant to your chimney’s health. If you notice your chimney experiencing any of these symptoms below, it may be time to look at restoring or rebuilding your chimney.

  • First, the older a chimney gets, the more likely it is to have issues with functionality. Your chimney takes a beating throughout its life via wind, rain, ice, and extreme temperature changes. Weather abuse over time can cause your chimney to start losing bricks and mortar. Additionally, it may also give your chimney a worn out appearance.
  • Secondly, moisture causes the most problems for chimneys. When water seeps into little pores and cracks in you brick or masonry, it can settle there until winter. Freezing weather makes water freeze and expand, weakening your chimney by loosening bricks and mortar.
  • Lastly, poor construction can cause all sorts of problems for chimneys, and may lead to your chimney not functioning properly. In fact, many of the rebuilds that we do at Old Smokey’s are due to poor construction by someone who isn’t properly trained in masonry!

What can I do if I think my chimney needs to be restored or rebuilt?

The first step to fixing your chimney would be contacting Old Smokey’s. One of our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified technicians will inspect your chimney and determine if restoration or rebuilding is actually needed. If it is determined that restoration or rebuilding is needed, the masonry experts at Old Smokey’s can help with that as well. Masonry work is demanding and meticulous. Therefore, it should only be performed by a mason that has had extensive training and experience working on chimneys. At Old Smokey’s we’ve been in the business for over 20 years. Our masonry work is the best in the business – and we are proud to stand by our work!

 

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