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Chimney Tuckpointing

Lindemann has been Chicagoland’s leader in chimney and fireplace repair for more than 50 years. Schedule your appointment today for chimney tuckpointing and masonry.

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Why It Helps

Benefits Of Chimney Maintenance

Chimney tuckpointing offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Improved appearance: Tuckpointing can give your chimney a fresh, new look by repairing damaged or deteriorated mortar joints.
  • Increased durability: Removing damaged or deteriorated mortar and replacing it with new, strong mortar can extend the lifespan of your chimney.
  • Protection against water damage: When mortar joints become damaged or deteriorated, water can penetrate them and cause further damage to your chimney. We can help prevent water damage by sealing the joints and preventing water from entering.

Protect Your Chimney

Tuckpointing Helps Prevent Spalling Brick

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.

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When Repairs Are Not Enough

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.

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What Is Chimney Tuckpointing?

Chimney tuckpointing is a restoration technique for masonry chimneys. It involves removing damaged mortar from brick joints and replacing it with fresh mortar. This process strengthens the chimney, extending its lifespan and durability while increasing the safety of the structure.

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Water Damage

Signs That Your Chimney Needs Repair

Eventually, every chimney will deteriorate and degrade to the point where it needs some maintenance. Here are some of the signs that your chimney needs to be touched up with some tuckpointing:

Cracks in the mortar joints

Over time, the mortar joints in your chimney can crack due to exposure to weather. Cracks in the mortar can cause further damage.

Crumbling or deteriorated mortar joints

When mortar joints become damaged or deteriorated, they can begin to crumble or even fall out. This can lead to gaps between the bricks.

Visible gaps between the bricks

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.

Water damage or leaks around the chimney

If you notice water damage or leaks around the base of your chimney, it may be a sign that water is penetrating the chimney.

Our Process

Our Chimney Repair Process

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:

1. Removal of the old mortar

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.

2. Preparation of 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.

3. Application of the new mortar

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.

4. Finishing touches

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.

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Why Work With Lindemann On Masonry Repair

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.

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