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Let Our Experts Handle Your Masonry Repairs, Restorations, Repointing, or Rebuild!

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Chimneys are built to withstand the elements and regular wear and tear. Despite this, moisture, lack of maintenance, regular use, or age can all cause chimney systems to deteriorate. If your fireplace or chimney is damaged, or simply is deteriorating due to age, it is important to have it repaired by a certified professional. At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, our Chimney Safety Institute of America certified chimney sweeps are here to help with all your masonry repairs, restorations, repointing, or rebuilds!


Let Our Experts Handle Your Masonry Repairs, Restorations, Repointing, or Rebuild - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of MichiganExposure to the elements, water entry, natural disasters, or aging all cause damage to your chimney system. Repairing these damage is the best way to prevent further deterioration and keep your fireplace burning safely and efficiently. Water entry is one of the most common causes of damage to a masonry chimney. It affects both the exterior as well as the interior components. If the source of the leak and the damage is not repaired, other serious issues can follow.


Fireplace systems, particularly in older homes, are often deteriorating because of the lack of understanding on how to properly maintain them. However, there are a number of ways to refresh and restore an older chimney to its former glory! Use masonry-specific cleaning products can remove years of staining from soot, ash, and smoke. This is one way to restore the masonry without painting the original masonry. Replacing old fireplace and chimney components such as the chimney cap, damper, or fireplace doors can also improve burning efficiency while helping an old fireplace feel new.


While masonry is one of the strongest building materials available, the mortar often deteriorates before the bricks. When this happens, the chimney can be repointed, a process that removes and replaces the damaged mortar without affecting the surrounding bricks. Repointing is a great solution to replace small areas of damaged mortar, particularly when water damage occurred. During the repointing process, the damaged mortar is carefully removed using special tools; new mortar, which is mixed to match the color and texture of the existing mortar, is then applied to create a seamless repair.


Significant structural problems or damage from natural disasters can sometimes cause extensive problems that cannot be repaired. In these cases, rebuilding your chimney or fireplace is recommended. While rebuilding may seem like a daunting process, it gives homeowners the chance to customize the design for a new fireplace system.

Many homeowners worry about the size of the project, the time, and the cost of rebuilding a fireplace system. However, our expert staff can work with you to get the job done correctly – on time and on budget – to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. If the masonry of your chimney needs repairs, don’t delay – contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today for more information!