Chimney Health, Repair and Construction
When a chimney is built using quality craftsmanship, it also adds a beautiful, rustic aesthetic to any structure. All too often however, we forget the practical elements of our chimney, forgetting to perform regular inspections on their health and function.
The severe Chicago weather conditions can do serious damage to the masonry in your chimney, putting the structural integrity, and in turn the safety of your property, at risk. In winter, freezing weather shrinks the bricks, stretching the cement between them. If the cement that holds the chimney bricks together fails, moisture penetrates the cracks. As the water freezes it expands and causes the upper rows of brick to gradually separate.