The Harmful Effects of Winter on Your Homes Masonry Work

Even though masonry work is made to stand the test of time, it is not entirely protected from the severe winter conditions in Chicago. The winter elements can be damaging to brick masonry that is not fully protected and can cause household hazards and structural damage. Property owners need to be aware of this so that they remedy the effects of winter elements and have a safe and sound chimney and fireplace. The following precautions should help to protect your brick masonry in the future.

Outdoor Sealers Protect Against Freezing and Thawing

Porous materials are used in the manufacturing of brick masonry and because of this, they absorb moisture continuously and expand and contract during the freezing and thawing conditions of winter and spring. This will cause bricks to loosen, cause cracks, and even collapse the brick and masonry work because it has been destabilized from the continuous expansion and contraction, and absorption of moisture. Masonry sealers are available and recommended to protect them from harsh outdoor winter conditions. This is especially helpful in maintaining historical properties to avoid having to do frequent masonry repairs.

Protect Your Chimney Inside And Out

The heat inside your chimney will cause the snow on the chimney to melt and this can leak down the flue liner into your brickwork causing damage such as rust holes or cracks. This is not safe as toxic fumes and heat will not be able to escape properly and can become hazardous. Damage caused by the moisture from the melted snow will result in dampness and damage to the walls and ceiling surrounding the fireplace. Craftsmen Masonry & Tuckpointing will install a cap at the top of your chimney which will prevent moisture damage to your chimney and fireplace. Call them to arrange for a chimney cap installation before winter begins.

Masonry And The Increasing Weather changes

Chicago residents have been warned recently about the future weather-changing conditions of the city, which will result in more severe winter weather conditions such as heavier rainfall and snowfall, more freezing and thawing, and wet snow. This will have a drastic impact on the stability of structures cracking and also will cause potholes. These precautions are important for the future weather conditions forecasted for Chicago.

Call Craftsmen Masonry & Tuckpointing For Assistance

Craftsmen Masonry & Tuckpointing are the best masonry repair and restoration company in Chicago. Call us for a full inspection and the best repair strategy to repair and restore your brick masonry chimney and fireplace. Whether you have a single home or historical project or even commercial property, we will repair and restore your structure to be safe and hazard-free. For a free quote, call us today.

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