How Cold Weather Can Damage Your Chimney

Every time we have a big snow storm here in Upstate South Carolina, more potholes show up in the roads. This is called spalling damage. The same thing happens to your masonry chimney, whenever the temperature drops below freezing. Cold weather can really be hard on masonry materials. This is why you may see cracks in the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney in the spring. Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists provide trained and experienced chimney masonry repair services to the area. We would like to tell you more about why cold weather is so hard on your chimney. In addition, how we can help fix this damage.

Why is cold weather so hard on masonry materials?

Bricks, mortar, concrete, and other masonry materials are naturally porous. This means they absorb water whenever it rains. Whenever the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the water freezes and expands. As the weather warms backs up, the force of the water thawing out causes the masonry materials to crack and break apart. This is why you see so many potholes on the roads, after a big snow or ice storm. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) calls water the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys. This type of damage is called spalling damage. Consequently, it can do great harm to the structure of chimneys. If the cracked bricks and mortar joints are left unattended, the entire chimney structure could even collapse!

How can Chim Cheree The Chimney Specialists repair this masonry damage?

Chimney masonry repairs are not simple to do. So, how can you be sure they are done properly? By hiring someone who has the training and experience to do the job correctly. We have over 35 years of experience in repairing masonry chimneys in Upstate South Carolina and the surrounding area. Additionally, we use our training and skills on every job to be sure we are correctly repairing the masonry damage. We specialize in tuckpointing, chimney crown construction and repair, and chimney rebuilds. Our chimney technicians are always learning new techniques, so that we can do the best possible repair jobs. We are dedicated to providing the best possible service you could receive. In doing so, you can count on us to restore your damaged masonry to make your chimney perform safely and efficiently once again.

If cold weather has been hard on your chimney this winter, you are in good hands with Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a chimney inspection for masonry repair work today!