The Benefits of Tuckpointing
It is not a surprise for the mortar on a masonry chimney to crack, drop off completely or even flake off. Some places might not even be level with the rest of the chimney. Even though this does happen it does not mean you have to let things be. All these problems should tell you that the chimney needs tuckpointing. The bricks used in building chimneys can last for a century or more but the mortar will only go for 25years at most. This will be influenced by the weather and the materials used to make the mortar. If they are not superior then the mortar will come off faster than that. With exposure to ice, snow or even rain this mortar will soften and start coming off. The more it deteriorates the more the structure becomes weak. However, removal of the old mortar and replacing it with new mortar will solve the problem completely. This is what is termed as tuckpointing.
Tuckpointing will ensure the deterioration will not proceed. The earlier you catch this problem the better it will be for everyone. When the problem does not become worse it means you will not be looking at a future where you have to build a new chimney or spend a lot of money making repairs. In addition, tuckpointing will strengthen the chimney’s mortar joints. This will, in turn, make the structure more stable. You do not want to be living in a house with a wobbly chimney because it can come tumbling down at any point and this will be of no help to you. Doing this early gives you peace of mind because you know nothing is likely to go wrong whether you are asleep or even aware.
Weak chimney mortar will encourage moisture to seep in which leads to rotting of any wood used in the process and also the growth of mildew and mold. These are problems which can be prevented through tuckpointing. In addition, water seepage into the chimney will be halted. Water damage on your ceiling will have the whole structure looking unsightly. Also, water damage leads to stained walls. These are problems you do not want to wake up to and all you have to do is ensure that the chimney system is in a good state all the time. Chimney tuckpointing will make this possible for you.
Also, tuckpointing will help you to save money. When the chimney is beyond repair you will have to tear it down in order to rebuild if you do not want it to become a safety hazard. This will be costly. A better alternative is to do repair work early so that it does not come to the point where you will have to tear down the chimney. In addition, the project will leave the chimney looking as good as the first time it was built. This increases the curb appeal of your home and also leaves it looking good. The more beautiful the place looks the happier you will be spending time there and even showing it off to your friends and family.