Chimney restoration and chimney rebuilds are a necessary part of your chimney’s life. When it comes to light that your chimney and fireplace need restoration or rebuilding there are a number of things you should know.
What is chimney rebuilding, and why would you need it? We cover everything you need to know about chimney restoration and rebuilding, and more.
What Causes Chimney Damage?
Your chimney is exposed to various weather elements all year-round. Damage from water is a primary concern. Whether it’s rainwater or melting ice and snow, liquids seep in between the bricks. During that freeze and thaw cycle (when that water freezes and thaws again), it causes something known as spalling.
Chimney Damage You Don’t See
While some chimney damages are blatantly obvious, you may need a chimney inspection to examine the hidden areas you cannot see with your eyes. Our inspectors use special video equipment that can detect any significant issues inside your flues.
Chimney Restoration and Rebuild
While a chimney rebuild can seem like a big project, understanding some of the considerations and steps involved it can be a worthwhile and satisfying process for your home. Contacting us at Black Goose Chimney Service for a quote for any chimney restoration and rebuild means you will be getting a quote from a Class A licensed contractor for the State of Virginia with over 30 years of experience in chimney sweeping, chimney installation and chimney repairs and restoration.
If your chimney needs repairs and or restoration we will prepare a quote and walk you through all the steps of the process. Some of the reasons why your chimney may need restoration or rebuilding include:
- Water damage
- Spalling and damage to the bricks and masonry
- Damage to the chimney lining
- Lightning strikes to chimneys leaving considerable damage to the structure of the chimney
- Bricks and masonry damage to the inside of the fireplace
Spalling is not a term everyone knows about but, if your chimney has ever had damage from spalling you will be familiar with the term.
Spalling causes the surface of brick or stone, causing it to crack, peel and flake off. As this happens over time, this can cause the brick and surrounding masonry to fall apart.
Cracked masonry work can lead to leaks and water damage inside the home as well. Usually, damaged brickwork needs a complete rebuild. Moisture affects the outside of your chimney and the inner parts as well. Water leaks can even cause the interior metal parts to rust.
The weather and temperature extremes that comes with changing seasons can negatively impact your mortar joints, causing them to crack or fall apart. A common sign of this is space showing between bricks. You may also notice some cracking. When your mortar joints become damaged, it can allow further moisture into your chimney leading to more severe problems mentioned above.
Benefits of Chimney Repairs and Chimney Restoration
Having your chimney Repaired and Restored as quickly as possible has its benefits and rewards:
- Improved fireplace performance and safety.
- Stopping water leaks around the chimney.
- No more patching and ‘band-aid’ repairs on your chimney
- Increasing home value.
- Enjoy low maintenance needs of a functional fireplace and chimney.
The Importance of Annual Chimney Inspection and Repairs
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) strongly recommends having a chimney inspection conducted by a chimney service once a year.
Not only does this help prevent fires, but it’s also a good idea to check for damage and signs of animals. A regular inspection can help check for the following:
- Cracks in Brick and Mortar
- Creosote buildup
- Water damage
- Spalling Issues
- Damaged crown
- Cracked or damaged flue tiles or liners
- Deteriorated flashing
- Unwanted pests in the chimney
Even if you don’t regularly use your fireplace throughout the winter, regular chimney inspections and repairs can help you spot any problems early, and address them before they become larger issues.
Types of Chimney Rebuilds: A Complete and Partial Chimney Rebuild
When you receive a quote for repairs, usually after a chimney inspection from Black Goose Chimney Service, you will learn what is involved with your partial or total chimney rebuild. Each chimney is unique and any quote will be specific to your needs.
Here are a few guidelines you can expect for any chimney rebuild or restoration.
- A partial rebuild works best in circumstances where scaffolding isn’t required. A partial rebuilding means you only need one part of your chimney replaced, such as the crown.
- A total or complete chimney rebuild includes replacing the outside brick as well as the crown. Total rebuilding is often recommended when you’re dealing with extensive damage.
Some issues such as structural flaws, such as when a chimney is leaning or falling apart, or results of lightning strikes or extensive water damage usually require total rebuilds.
Preventing Water Damage
Any damaged chimney can make it easier for water damage to set in. Not only does this affect your chimney, but you can also get leaks in your roof, attic and home. Having an annual chimney inspection can prevent any water damage.
Chimney Caps & Crowns
Chimney Caps keep water and debris out of your chimney and prevent animals from making their home in your chimney. A chimney crown offers structural protection and aids in preventing water intrusion into your chimney. Chimney Flashing prevents water intrusion on the inside of your chimney. Damage to either of these two components can lead to significant water issues for your chimney. Having your chimney restored or rebuilt means you won’t have to worry as much about these issues.
If your annual inspection reveals damage or if it’s tilting, leaning, cracking, spalling, or completely falling apart, then a chimney rebuild is in your best interest. A chimney rebuild in these cases will improve the safety of your home, and it may also boost the value of your home.
A New Chimney Liner
When you hire Black Goose Chimney Service to perform your rebuild, then it’s a perfect time to get anew chimney or flue liner repair or replacement. It can even save you money in the long run, to have it all refinished at once.
How Much Does It Cost to Rebuild a Chimney?
The short answer is that the cost of chimney rebuilding varies depending on the amount of work and supplies it will take to finish a project and the circumstances are unique to every home and situation.
The cost of a chimney rebuild can vary. The team at Black Goose Chimney Service will provide the details you need to make a decision. The price depends on how much work you need, the size of your chimney, the number of fireplaces or utility flues to be restored… and numerous of other factors.
Other Factors that Affect Price
There are different types of chimneys. Some for fireplaces and others for utility appliances. You’ll see price fluctuations depending on your home’s needs. The total cost of restorations may vary if you have masonry chimneys as opposed to factory-built chimney (aka “prefab”).
The Differences Between Brick Masonry vs Prefab Chimney Rebuilds
The cost of rebuilding depends on the type of chimney you need to rebuild. For instance, prefabricated systems or brick and mortar masonry rebuilds may vary in price because it’s an entirely different process and materials. That’s not to mention the tools or unique skills required for both.
Finding the Right Chimney Rebuild and Chimney Restoration Service
When you’re calling around for quotes on repairs, if a contractor gives you a price without doing a documented evaluation (and showing you what they found), then keep looking.
A Certified Technician from Full Service Chimney will always review every element of the inspection with you, which ensures you understand and can make the decision that’s right for you, the homeowner.
Having yearly inspections performed for your chimney can help spot issues early on so you can protect your house and your family.
Having a chimney rebuilt means everything will be up to code and helping you prevent fires, leaks, or unwanted pests. Speak with one of our experts today about your chimney.