Chimney Rebuilds and Re-pointing:
Chimneys as you can imagine face the elements all year round – and over time they show the effects. You can overlook the state of your chimney which is easily done and indeed commonplace.
So you’ve noticed it’s looking limp – bricks are looking loose or the mortar work is deteriorating. Don’t leave it too long before it is looked at closer by a professional. You don’t want it leaking, causing damage to your home or even worse: falling chimney pots can be very dangerous, to property, vehicles, pets and people.
If your chimney is in use (for gas, coal or log burners) you will want it to be in good order and of course safe and water-tight.
The mortar between the brickwork is obviously there to bond the bricks and hold the chimney together. Wind, frost, the sun and all the elements will take its toll on the mortar and of course this will need some attention at some point. It may be difficult to see this erosion from the ground.
To strengthen the chimney you can ‘rake out’ the mortar (normally done with a 4 ½ inch grinder) to a recommended depth of 15mm and pointing it with new mortar. The mortar mix can consist of sand and cement mix normally 3 or 4 parts sand to 1 part cement. A good plasticiser is recommended for ease of use. You should expect a ten year guarantee on work like this.
Sometimes the chimney may need rebuilding if the brickwork is especially bad or the render has become too poor to repair. Prices on these jobs will vary depending on the access to the chimney, size of the chimney and of course what exactly what needs to be done.
See our section on Chimney Flaunching which may also be recommended work to be completed when having the above job(s) carried out.
Thanks for getting the chimney pot it looks exactly the same. Thank the demo yard for me too please.
Mr Simons | Marple
I had a leak in my basement and couldn’t figure where the water was coming from. Daniel was installing new fascia for us and noticed my chimney had a “hole in it” where the chimney sits – He sorted it by bedding it all back down free of charge and my leak has never came back.
The fascias look amazing too.
Rachael Taylor – Heaton Chapel