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CHIMNEY TUCK-POINTING

We want to share some general information that all homeowners need to know about their chimney. Chimneys are beautiful to look at, and do serve a purpose, but if not properly maintained, they can bring on major expenses and headaches in the future. And for some, the future could be sooner than you think.

The chimney cap is normally the root of all chimney problems. Traditionally from the 50’s - 2000’s chimney caps were made out of mortar. Mortar serves its purpose when bonding brick and masonry together but is not the best choice to cap a chimney with. Mortar will crack and allow water in almost immediately. Over the years it will create paths down your chimney and lead to deterioration on the inside of your chimney, which will eventually let water into the inside of your home.

Tuck-pointing your chimney is necessary when you start to notice dark mortar joints or moss with minimal cracking. 
Some contractors will give false information saying your chimney needs to be re-built when it may only need to be tuck-pointed. Force Masonry will be honest with you about the condition your chimney is in, and what services are really needed to correct it.


Tuck-pointing is the process of grinding out the old joints an inch or more deep, that allows the right amount of space for the new mortar added to bond correctly. We do not skim coat your chimney and cut corners to make an extra dollar, we take pride in our work, and want to make sure your chimney is structurally sound and watertight.
That’s why more homeowners in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties refer Force Masonry to their friends and neighbors than any other masonry company in Central Illinois.

We want to share some general information that all homeowners need to know about their chimney. Chimneys are beautiful to look at, and do serve a purpose, but if not properly maintained, they can bring on major expenses and headaches in the future. And for some, the future could be sooner than you think.

The chimney cap is normally the root of all chimney problems. Traditionally from the 50’s - 2000’s chimney caps were made out of mortar. Mortar serves its purpose when bonding brick and masonry together but is not the best choice to cap a chimney with. Mortar will crack and allow water in almost immediately. Over the years it will create paths down your chimney and lead to deterioration on the inside of your chimney, which will eventually let water into the inside of your home.

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