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Expert Chimney Rebuilds & Repointing

Your hard-working masonry chimney has a lot to withstand. There’s the simple settling of your home, straining the chimney’s joints and causing cracks that mar its beautiful look and create serious structural defects. Then there’s water, constantly attacking its surface, then seeping into the masonry and attacking the chimney from the inside out (from eroding the mortar to freezing and expanding, causing bricks to spall). And that’s just on the outside! The high heat and corrosive gases coming at it from the inside aren’t doing it any favors, either.

Masonry repairs will inevitably be needed over the lifetime of your chimney system, given all that your chimney has to withstand. But some advice that may help you avoid more involved repairs (like chimney tear downs and rebuilds), is to call Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists at the first signs of a masonry problem. We will be able to correct your issues early on and prevent further damage.

If we catch mortar damage or spalling bricks while the problem is minimal or relatively confined, there’s a good chance we can repair that damage before it spreads (we can also apply a waterproofing sealant to the masonry that will help protect it against the elements, and put off further repairs).

Repairing Your Chimney With Repointing

We’re happy if we can catch masonry problems before they’re so serious that the only safe solution is a rebuild. If we’re dealing with an intact chimney with some degraded mortar joints and maybe some damaged bricks, we’ll do repointing work to repair those areas.

Repointing is precise work. We’ll remove the damaged joints and replace them with proper new materials, taking care to make sure that materials are wisely chosen and applied to blend properly with the look of the original structure and to match its structural properties (the latter is extremely important when we’re working with older homes, since bricks and mortar used in these homes can be very different, and completely incompatible with modern mortar).

If you notice cracks or damaged joints, call us — our technicians will let you know if tuckpointing is your best option.

A Visual Story of a Chimney Rebuild Project

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When Damage Is Severe, We Can Rebuild Your Chimney

If the damage to your masonry chimney is so significant that repairs just wouldn’t be a safe fix, we can do a partial or total rebuild. We’ll safely tear down the damaged structure and rebuild a new chimney that complies with all state and local building codes.

And while having to rebuild a chimney isn’t always the best news, it does offer some opportunities. If you didn’t love the look of your original chimney, we can install a new one that offers the aesthetic you’ve always wanted (while it safely and efficiently vents your heating appliance).

If your chimney needs repointing work, or needs to be completely rebuilt, contact Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists at 864-895-4204, or use our online scheduling form!

Quality masonry repairs require special skills that have increased with our years of experience in fireplace rebuilds and renovations. You can count on Chim Cheree!

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We just wanted to write you a note to thank you for your work on our chimney and roof last month. It is so nice to have the leaking problem fixed, and we trust the chimney itself won’t pose any more of a problem in that area until we can have you do more to it. We realize that you could easily and legitimately have charged us much more for all you did, and we want you to know how much we appreciate your giving us such a break on the job. It was a great help to us. May the Lord greatly bless your business in the days ahead and make it up to you many times for your generosity to us.
~ B & C