Your chimney isn’t the only masonry that needs to be regularly maintained. Columns, steps, foundations, and other areas can be made of masonry materials and should be addressed regularly.
This is a common issue that can plague any type of brickwork from masonry chimneys to retaining walls and more. It is easily noticeable when small cracks begin to lead to bigger cracks as the brick surface deteriorates. This can happen in brick that isn’t properly treated or installed, or over time as brick ages naturally. Bricks of lighter color will often absorb more moisture, and will be affected by spalling more readily than darker counterparts.
This often occurs when indoor bricks are used instead of outdoor ones. Indoor bricks are not as weather resistant as their outdoor counterparts and absorb moisture more readily. Constant absorption, freezing, and thawing within the brick caused cracking and deterioration.
The only fix is to remove damaged bricks and replace them with proper outdoor rated materials.
In addition to masonry work on your fireplace and chimney, Black Goose can also re-point steps and other areas around your home. We always use high quality materials and guarantee our work to last. Below is an example of re-pointing and repair work we did recently:
Black Goose Chimney is certified in various aspects of chimney inspection, sweeping, and repair. You can trust our work and use your fireplace or wood stove with peace of mind when we leave. If you need chimney repair services, call (757) 596-2298.