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Fast Facts About Chimney Repair

04 May 2019

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s must-know information from Barry Stranz (professional & educator) who has 30+ years in the home improvement industry shared on 5.4.19.

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Although a home’s chimney is located on its roof, chimney repairs made are most often completed by a brick mason.  The skills needed to successfully complete this task are highly specialized and those that excel at this type of work are often high in demand.  Even seemingly small repairs can be tedious tasks to complete due to the chimney’s location.  Substantial precautionary measures must be taken in order to ensure that the repair is completed in a safe manner.  Prices vary widely and depend on the type of roof a home has.  Homes that are simpler to complete chimney repairs on are single story homes with a walkable roof.  Two story homes with steeper pitches increase substantially in price.  One of the most popular chimney repairs is called tuckpointing.  Tuckpointing becomes necessary when the mortar between the stone or brick has come loose.  To address, some of the preexisting mortar needs to be scraped out and mortared again.  The configuration of a home’s roof and the location of the chimney impact the frequency at which a chimney is damaged by nature’s elements.  The exhaust from gas burning fireplaces can contribute to the deterioration of mortar on a home’s chimney.  The same holds true for the freeze/thaw cycle.

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