The Benefits of Tuckpointing Your Chimney

Tuckpointing is a critical procedure to preserve the life of a chimney, which is why we offer chimney pointing and repointing services, in addition to foundation repair in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. There are many benefits to performing timely tuckpointing to lengthen the life of your chimney, of which we’ll detail a few in today’s article.

How to Point a Chimney

The idea behind tuckpointing is the removal of damaged mortar and replenishing fresh mortar to the joints. Tuckpointing a traditional, red brick chimney involves only a few simple steps:

  • Filling in mortar in the newly routed grooves
  • Routing or grounding out the old mortar at a standard depth
  • Filling in grooves with a mortar color that matches the original mortar on the outside of the building

The Benefits of Pointing Your Chimney

There are many benefits of Tuckpointing your chimney beyond just the aesthetic. Here are a few points that tuckpointing can help with:

  • The prevention of mortar joint corrosion.
  • The structural stability of the chimney is restored. The failure to repair mortar joints results in a significantly weaker chimney structure that will eventually begin to lean, and in the most extreme cases, collapse.
  • Tuckpointing helps prevent water from seeping into the chimney system. Without proper mortar joint functionality, water can enter the chimney and come between the flue lining and the chimney itself. Moisture has the potential to do serious damage that can remain unseen without the help of a professional. Mold, mildew, and rotting wood can be the result of water damage in a chimney. This moisture can also cause the wallpaper and ceiling around the chimney to become stained.
  • Having a chimney pointed is much more cost-effective than a complete rebuild. Tuckpointing allows you to avoid that expense while effectively sealing your chimney from water.
  • Tuckpointing restores the chimney’s masonry materials to their original condition.
  • When your masonry is in top condition, the value of your home is significantly improved.

Choose Davis Brothers Masonry for your next chimney-pointing project for the best service of any other masonry company. We offer chimney repair, chimney pointing, and foundation repair in Medford, NJ and the surrounding areas. To learn more, and to employ our services, please call us at 609-241-8512 or email info@davisbrothersmasonry.net.

The 3 Foundational Parts of Your Home that Need Regular Maintenance

We’ve all heard people say something like: “you need to have a good foundation before you can succeed.” Of course, these people could be talking about a variety of things: work, education, etc. But the most literal thing that people need a good foundation for is their home.

We can all agree that the strongest part of your home should be its foundation. If a house is built on a weak foundation, everything built on top of it is at risk of collapsing. Most people don’t think about the current condition of their home’s foundation, especially if their basement is finished, but it is essential to check up on to ensure its quality. We offer foundation crack repair in Atlantic County, NJ and the surrounding areas to help people make sure that their home is built on a safe and solid foundation.

Driveway

One part of your home that you wouldn’t always consider to be part of your foundation is your driveway. Just as other parts for your foundation, your driveway can be a strong point of support for different parts of your house. If located close enough to your home, a crack in your driveway could split down to the original foundation walls and cause a more significant issue than expected. Having a professional come out and treat the cracks in your driveway is vital in ensuring that the break hasn’t seeped into the foundation.

Chimney

Your chimney can pose similar issues to your driveway in the way that it may affect your foundation. If there is a crack close to the foundation, it is possible that the crack has extended, moved into the foundation, and caused a larger issue. Stopping a fracture problem before it gets bigger should be the focus of your concerns, as a large, foundational crack could mean massive repairs.

Chimneys have another possible issue, though. If the chimney’s foundation begins to go to shambles, the rest of the stack is at risk. Ensuring the structural integrity of your chimney is important to extending the life of your chimney and avoiding substantial costs later on.

Basement

Your basement is your foundation. People don’t always remember this, taking their man cave for granted. Checking the basement’s foundation for cracks should be done fairly regularly. If you notice any cracks, call Davis Brothers Masonry and Chimney Sweep at 609-241-8512. The sealing of large cracks, hairline cracks, and refinishing foundation walls should all be done by professionals to ensure that your home is not at risk for extensive amounts of structural damage.

Call Us

To schedule an appointment for foundation repair or any other services, such as our chimney sweep service in Cumberland Valley and surrounding areas, give us a call at 609-241-8512 — we would love to hear from you!

3 Reasons To Have Your Chimney Professionally Cleaned This Summer

Although many homeowners may fancy themselves when it comes to fixing things around the house, there is one area that should always be left to the professionals: chimneys. A dirty chimney can be dangerous because it can be a serious health risk for you and your family. Let the experts at Davis Brothers Chimney Sweep & Masonry handle your chimney needs. As the leading Cape May, NJ masonry company, we have proudly served the South Jersey area for over 50 years.

Here are three reasons you should have your chimney cleaned by the professionals at Davis Brothers Chimney Sweep & Masonry:

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Davis Brothers Masonry Now Offering Free Chimney Inspection with Every Cleaning

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Davis Brothers Masonry & Chimney Sweep Now Offering Masonry Services for Spring 2014

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Davis Brothers Masonry & Chimney Sweep Now Offering Chimney Cleaning for Winter 2014

Davis Brothers Masonry & Chimney Sweep is now offering chimney cleaning and sweeping for winter 2014. It’s been a particularly cold season, and the need for chimney cleaning in Cape May County is as high as ever. Davis Brothers Masonry & Chimney Sweep will sweep chimneys and remove any animals. Their technicians can install dampers, caps, and liners if needed to help keep the chimney cleaner over time. Haven’t had a cleaning done in a while? They recommend homeowners have chimneys cleaned once a year. Keeping chimneys clean is important for safety reasons, especially in times of heavy use like the winter. Continue reading