West Chester, Pennsylvania ( Findit) August 13, 2020 – The Philadelphia commercial caulking contractors at Waterproof Caulking & Restoration, LLC recently created a blog post educating readers on chimney masonry repair. Homeowners may see that bricks are “spalling”, meaning that the face of the brick has separated from the brick itself. Water damage can cause the structure of a chimney to deteriorate and if neglected, can be a complex repair.The blog describes the first step is to assess the flue liner. The flue is necessary to vent smoke and hot gasses out of the home. In doing this, the flue gathers a buildup of creosote and byproducts of burning fires. This creates a risk of chimney fires, which can be very dangerous. Flues need to be inspected and cleaned to mitigate this risk.Next, a masonry expert will be able to identify and repair cracks. Cracks allow water and moisture inside and deteriorate the cement. Once in the cracks, water can freeze and expand, causing more damage. This often happens to the chimney crown, which is the cement layer covering the flue opening at the top of the chimney. For minor cracks, waterproof sealant can serve as a repair. However, major cracks will require   Read more…