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May 2015

Two Important Signs Your Chimney Needs Brick Repairs in London

Wood fireplaces are being swapped out for their gas counterparts on a regular basis, but homes are still being constructed with brick and mortar chimneys. Chimneys add class and aesthetic appeal to most homes, which is why they are still included in many home designs today.

That said, we at Pointing Brickwork Brickpoint know from experience that no chimney lasts forever. If you have an older home and are considering chimney brick repairs in London, there are some clear indications that you should have the brick fixed sooner than later:

1. Damaged Mortar between Bricks

When clients ask us about chimney repair, we first advise them to look at the mortar joints. If they are damaged in any way, then it is a likely time for a repair or replacement. When our customers give us a call, we take a close look at the mortar that runs in between your bricking. From there, we are able to assess the level of damage and provide an educated layout of the work that needs to be done. If caught early on, brick repairs in London may only require some sophisticated tuckpointing.

2. Smoky Homes and Smelly Fireplaces

Throwing a log on your natural wood-burning fireplace should not cause an influx of smoke to enter your home (after all, isn’t that what a fireplace is for?). If you’re suffering from excess smoke or bad odours, this is a clear sign that your chimney is not working properly.

In the experience of our brick and chimney pros at Pointing Brickwork Brickpoint, it’s almost always due to the chimney lining. Trust us – a smelly chimney is the least of your problems. A damaged liner can become dangerous in a short period of time for the home and those who are currently within it. If your home isn’t filtering out the smoke, put out the fire and keep it out until you call a company that specialises in brick repairs in London.

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What Is Brick Repointing?

We at Pointing Brickwork Brickpoint in London handle a number of brick-related issues, but one of the most common we handle is brick repointing. Many of those who have bricking in their home – whether their home is entirely made of brick or they have a feature made of brick, such as a fireplace – do not realise is that this sturdy material can be repaired and replaced in a budget-friendly way.

Why Consider Brick Repointing?

Brick repointing brings with it a number of benefits, including: Conserving Older Buildings: Heritage homes and landmarks can be preserved and restored through the repointing of brick Image: For homes and commercial organisations, repointing can greatly enhance the aesthetic value of your building Property Value: The better your curb appeal, the higher your property value will be. Restoring and repairing the brick in your home or building delivers that attractive appearance and changes your home from appearing old and run down to refreshed and modern.

Why Would I Need to Repoint My Bricking?

Bricks are amongst one of the sturdiest and most durable of building materials. But even it and the mortar which holds it together can be worn down over time because of environmental factors. When the mortar which is holding your brick together begins to recede, crack or fall out of joints, it is time to consider repointing your bricking.

Why Homeowners Should Consider Hiring a Professional

Brick repointing may seem easy to do when you watch the pros at Pointing Brickwork Brickpoint do the job. The truth is that every repointing job must be performed with the utmost caution and care. This means using the right tools and the right materials in the right circumstances in order to avoid damaging the brick or even permanently compromising the appearance and integrity of the structure.

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