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Lindemann Heating & Cooling has been Chicagoland’s leader in fireplace and masonry repair for more than 50 years. Our master masons are experts in chimney tuckpointing and many other critical chimney repair techniques.Schedule Appointment
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Tuckpointing refers to the replacement and repair of the mortar joints in a chimney’s brick facade. Over time, the mortar between the bricks becomes cracked or missing. Tuckpointing helps to revitalize a chimney’s structural and aesthetic integrity and prevents water from entering the chimney system or your home.
If compromised mortar joints are not repaired in a timely manner, all forms of precipitation can penetrate these areas. If left unrepaired, this deterioration leads to further damage such as spalling, and larger, more costly restoration.
Why Tuckpointing Helps
Chimney tuckpointing offers numerous benefits, including:
Protect Your Chimney
Spalling occurs when moisture seeps into a brick and enters the destructive cycle of freezing and thawing. It can be found on both the outside and inside of your chimney. Spalling bricks will crumble, flake, and even fall out completely.
Your climate, home architecture, and home exterior can contribute to the impact moisture has on brickwork. If unrepaired, pieces of the brick facing can fall and cause more damage.
Rebuild or Replace
In some cases, chimney damage is so extensive that it requires a complete rebuild. The scope of each rebuild depends on the damage discovered, and may affect the entire chimney, or just a portion of it.
Our team of professionals works with homeowners throughout this process. Once a rebuild is complete, many customers choose waterproofing to further protect their chimney and preserve its integrity.
Eventually, every chimney will deteriorate and degrade to the point where it needs some maintenance. This is mostly due to the elements such as rain, wind, and snow over the years. Here are some of the signs that your chimney needs to be touched up with some tuckpointing:
Over time, the mortar joints in your chimney can crack due to exposure to weather, temperature changes, and other factors. Cracks in the mortar can cause water to penetrate the chimney and cause further damage.
When mortar joints become damaged or deteriorated, they can begin to crumble or even fall out. This can lead to gaps between the bricks, which can allow water to penetrate and damage the chimney.
If you notice gaps between the bricks in your chimney, it may be a sign that the mortar has deteriorated and needs to be replaced.
If you notice water damage or leaks around the base of your chimney, it may be a sign that water is penetrating the chimney due to damaged mortar joints.
We take pride in providing high-quality chimney tuckpointing services to our clients. Our team of skilled professionals has years of experience in the industry and is dedicated to ensuring that your chimney is restored to its original condition. When you hire Lindemann, you can expect the following tuckpointing process:
The first step in the tuckpointing process is to remove the old, damaged mortar from the joints of the chimney. This is typically done using specialized tools such as chisels, grinders, and saws. It’s important to remove all of the old mortar to ensure a strong bond with the new mortar.
The next step is to prepare the new mortar. The type of mortar used will depend on the type of bricks and the existing mortar. It’s important to use a mortar that is compatible with the existing mortar in terms of color, texture, and strength. The new mortar is typically mixed with water to form a paste-like consistency.
Once the new mortar is prepared, it’s time to apply it to the joints of the chimney. This is typically done using a trowel or pointing tool. The new mortar is carefully applied to the joints, making sure to fill all gaps and voids. The joints are then smoothed to match the existing mortar.
After the new mortar has been applied, it’s important to smooth the surface to match the existing mortar. This is typically done using a jointer or finishing tool. The new mortar is then left to dry and cure for several days.
Overall, our tuckpointing process is a specialized skill that requires knowledge and experience. Hiring a professional chimney tuckpointing service like Lindemann ensures that the job is done right the first time, using high-quality materials and equipment.
50+ Years of Experience
Every customer deserves to work with trustworthy, knowledgeable technicians on their important projects. In Chicago’s North Shore and communities across northern Illinois, Lindemann works hard to earn new business and build trust and satisfaction with existing customers.
We are a family-owned operation that takes pride in craftsmanship, attention to detail, and customer service. There’s a reason we’ve been a growing business for more than 50 years.