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March 2015

Brick Repairs in London for Chimneys

Chimneys are a common sight and brick repairs in London can be executed easily by professionals like Brickpoint. While chimneys are extremely durable structures, periodically they do need some basic repairs to keep them in excellent working condition. It can be difficult to tell when something is not right just by looking quickly at your chimney, so having Brickpoint do an annual inspection can catch minor issues before they become real problems.

What Causes Chimney Damage?

Crumbling due to age is common, especially with the majority of chimneys placed in roof areas exposed to the ravages of nature. Generally, a crumbling chimney is the result of cracked brick, degraded mortar, or both. They become susceptible to typical problems caused by damage from venting smoke.
Structural damage can also occur as a result of extreme weather conditions outdoors. Most brick chimneys also need repairs to the crown area periodically. The overall durability of a chimney is defined by the crown. When the crown is fully functioning, it protects the inner lining and ensures that there is no deterioration of stucco from smoke passing through.

How We Do Repairs

For our typical brick repairs in London, we require that the chimney be thoroughly cleaned to access the surfaces which are damaged. Working in small sections at a time, areas of damaged brick are removed and set aside. As each section is cleaned, we spread a specialized mortar mix into the weathered chimney joints with a trowel. Next, the surfaces of replacement bricks are slathered with the mortar mix and evened out with the trowel. These bricks are then placed in the prepared spot on the chimney. The process is repeated on each side until all of the damaged brick has been replaced.
If you need brick repair in London for your chimney, we have more than fifty years of professional experience, ensuring the job is completed properly. After we have finished, your chimney will serve you well for years to come.

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What is the Purpose of Repointing Brick in London?

Brick is a timeless and classic way to enhance the elegance of a home. Over time, while the bricks may be in decent shape, the mortar in between them becomes dirty, dingy, and cracked. When this happens it becomes possible for moisture to get in behind the bricks, causing structural damage. With the significant amount of rainfall we receive annually, brick repointing in London can save your home from irreparable damage further down the road.

Why Repointing Is Important

The process of removing deteriorating mortar from joints and replacing it is known as repointing, and it is perhaps the most significant factor in maintaining your wall’s “health.” Brickpoint correctly performs the brick repointing process in London to assist in stabilizing walls, waterproofing, extending the life of the wall, and enhancing its visual quality. When done by less experienced mason workers, physical damage to brick and stone can occur, along with allowing water to become trapped inside with no way to evaporate.

How to Determine if Brick Needs to Be Repointed

Mortar joints are the first line of defence a wall has, and there are obvious signs when problems are imminent. Look for signs such as loose bricks, mortar which is crumbly, weak, missing, loose, or cracked, and you get water leaks from unusual areas not in close proximity to pipes. If you notice any of these tell-tale signs on your brick walls, give us a ring immediately. We will fix the mortar before there is any further damage to the wall or the structure.
Proper techniques when repointing will ensure that a long life of the wall and the joint is guaranteed. Our friendly and expert craftsmen do brick repointing in London that is meant to last. When done properly, an excellent job can reasonably be expected to endure between fifty and one hundred years.

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