You may notice the bricks/blocks on your chimney starting to “pop” or chip, or peel away. bricks are porous and may absorb water that seeps into the brick and freezes up over the winter and causes the bricks to “pop”. This effect is called spalling. Hudson River Chimney uses a chemical water repellent guaranteed by the manufacturer to repel water from entering the bricks for over 10 years.
Chimney Tuckpointing / Repointing
After about 20-30 years your chimneys mortar joints will usually start to crack or deteriorate without having been regularly waterproofed. Hudson River Chimney has repairs hundred of chimneys with this condition and will properly fix this for you. Our technicians will “grind” out every mortar joint that needs to be reset with a thick diamond blade using an angle grinder. We will then reset the proper cement mortar to the joints to ensure your chimney stays in great shape for years to come.
Chimney Crown / Wash Repairs
You may notice at the very top of your masonry chimney there is a cement “crown”. The crown or “wash” serves the purpose of allowing water to run off of the chimney to keep it from damaging the chimney. Over time due to water damage or poor workmanship the chimney crown can start to crack and fall apart. Depending on the severity of the damage there is many different ways Hudson River Chimney can rectify this for you.
- Crack resistant rubberized cement coatings
- Traditional cement chimney crown rebuilds
- Overhanging reinforced concrete crown
Flashing Repairs / Chimney Leaks
One of the most common places water leaks into the home is the chimney flashing. Hudson River Chimney can solve this issue using a rubberized flashing cement to prevent additional water damage to your home.
Relining / Liners:
Many scenarios can occur which can leave your chimney flue tiles damaged to a point where your system may become inefficient or unusable. Hudson River Chimney is prepared to rectify these situations to keep your home safe. The most common and effective way to reline a masonry chimney is with a stainless steel liner. It is very important when having this job done to use a trained certified professional to make sure your chimney will be properly relined with the right sized liner, the proper material, alloy, and many other important factors such as insulating certain liners. Many different variables go into properly relining a flue depending on the heating system (oil, gas, wood, traditional fireplace, insert, stove, etc ) all of our technicians are certified, properly trained, and well equipped to handle this type of job for you.
Throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital District unfortunately there are many old/historic homes that have beautiful masonry fireplaces that no longer function properly. Hudson River Chimney is equipped to restore these fireplaces and get them back to working order without losing that historical fireplace everybody loves. there are many different solutions depending on the condition of your homes hearth and fireplace
- Smoke Chamber Repair
- Firebox Repair
- Damper Replacement
- Insulated Heavywall Stainless Steel Liners
- Electric Exhaust Fans
- Wind Powered Caps