Spalling Brickwork: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It - Lindemann Chimney Service Co.
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  • Spalling Brickwork: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It

    Spalling Brickwork: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It


    A cracking sidewalk. A flaky, falling-apart driveway. A crumbling chimney. These can all be warning signs of spalling. As a common exterior challenge, many homeowners can experience spalling around their property. That’s why it’s important for you to know why it occurs and what you can do about it.

    Why does spalling occur?

    Spalling occurs when water and moisture permeate the brick’s surface and causes the deterioration of it. Salt spalling is a specific type of spalling in which salt water enters the porous brick surface and then expands. Spalling is more prevalent in cooler climates as the water inside the brickwork may expand and contract rapidly during the freeze and thaw cycles.

    The result of spalling brickwork is often noticeable in the flaking, cracking, crumbling, or chipping of the chimney’s exterior. Left untreated, spalling can lead to a larger collapse within the chimney’s brickwork. Costly repairs may then be necessary to rebuild the structure.

    How do I prevent spalling in the future?

    The best way to protect your chimney’s brickwork from spalling is by preventing it in the future. Installing a properly fitting chimney cap can be one of the best ways to keep the water and moisture out of the chimney. Also ensure that the bricks used in the chimney’s construction are suitable for outdoor use. Softer bricks are less expensive but can be more prone to water damage. Early detection of spalling can also be very helpful at quickly addressing smaller issues before they lead to bigger repairs. An annual chimney cleaning and inspection is a great way to ensure your chimney isn’t experiencing moistures problems.

    Who do I contact if I suspect spalling?

    If you suspect that spalling is plaguing your home’s chimney, schedule an appointment with a professional chimney contractor such as Lindemann Chimney Service. They can assess the damage and offer guidance on the best next step to take. This often includes the repair or replacement of the existing brickwork. Your chimney partner should also suggest smart ways to prevent future spalling from occurring.

    If you believe your chimney’s brickwork is experiencing spalling issues, contact the expert team at Lindemann Chimney Service. We have experience working with customers on chimney repairs of all sizes. Our certified team of technicians has been servicing the Lake Forest area and beyond for nearly 50 years. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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