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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!


Let a Professional Repoint Your Chimney

Ballet dancers perform en pointe, on the tip of the toe. It involves strength and precision. The result is professional excellence that exudes grace and perfection. In fact, the only-professionals-should-repoint-img-fort-wayne-in-ols-smokeys-fireplace-chimneyterm “en pointe” has come to mean something that hits the mark, that meets its challenges.

Chimneys sometimes require repairs of precision to keep your masonry strong. As with an en pointe ballet performance, the result is grace and beauty — and in this case, efficiency, too.

In the world of chimneys, we don’t have en pointe performances, but we do have repointing. Repointing involves the removal of eroding mortar joints and replacing them with smooth, new mortar. It’s one of our most common chimney jobs. It’s a tedious task, but it allows Old Smokey’s to make good use of our expert knowledge of masonry history, materials, techniques and tools.

This is not a do-it-yourself project. Repointing is not for amateurs. It’s a job best left for professionals to do, and do right.

The need for repointing may arise from any one of several causes. Weather, time, and moisture all exert their toll on masonry. But original poor construction is also a factor in many cases.

That’s why you’ll want experienced and expert professionals from Old Smokey’s.

Old Smokey’s has a robust portfolio of repointing experience. Trust veteran professionals to make the right choice of materials and their proper application. Repointing requires care and precision. Come to Old Smokey’s for masonry excellence.

A seemingly simple but important aspect of repointing is the matching of compatible types of masonry materials. Without professional insight and knowledge, shoddy workmanship would force a homeowner to pay for a do-over. If the repointing is not done right with the right compatible materials melding old and new, it will have to be done again.

Old Smokey’s takes pride in doing a job right the first time. That includes repointing.

We are proud of the artisans who make up our team. For 20-plus years, Old Smokey’s has delivered excellence to homeowners in northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. Folks from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south know Old Smokey’s.

Let Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney take a careful, close look at the brickwork on your chimney. We’ll give you an honest appraisal — and recommend repair, repointing, restoration, or rebuild (but only if you really need it).

Old Smokey’s frequently encounters poorly designed or executed chimney construction that causes unforeseen problems. Have us take a close look, if you are not sure of the quality of your chimney construction. Let us determine how much repointing or other work is needed. Have Old Smokey’s experts walk you through repair options geared toward renewed life for your chimney.

Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or click here now to schedule an appointment. Repoint to stay en pointe with chimney care.

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