Customer Concern: A homeowner in Delafield, WI, noticed cracks in the mortar and dirt accumulation on their chimney. They reached out to Smoke Stacks to address these visible signs of deterioration.

Assessment and Response: Our chimney repair technicians promptly scheduled an inspection and provided a proposal within four days of the initial call. Upon inspection, we found that the chimney crown had several cracks and was generally weak due to being made of mortar instead of concrete. Additionally, the mortar joints were cracked, some bricks were loose, and the chimney required a thorough cleaning.

Service Provided:

  • Chimney Crown Replacement: We removed the existing crown and the first course of bricks, tuckpointed the cracked mortar joints and relaid the loose bricks.
  • Power Washing: The entire chimney was power-washed to remove moss and mold.
  • New Crown Installation: A new 4-inch thick concrete crown was installed, complete with a proper overhang and a drip edge for adequate water drainage.
  • Aluminum Liner Replacement: The aging 4-inch aluminum appliance liner for the water heater was replaced.

Project Duration: This chimney repair project took 1.5 days to complete, which is typical for this type of work.

Importance of Service: A strong chimney crown is essential for preventing water from penetrating the chimney structure. Once the crown is damaged, masonry degradation accelerates, potentially leading to a complete chimney rebuild if left unchecked. Addressing crown issues early can save homeowners significant costs in the long run.

Preventative Maintenance: Regular chimney inspections are crucial for identifying weak points before they escalate into more severe problems. Tuckpointing minor cracks and addressing crown issues promptly can prevent costly repairs later.

Why Choose Smoke Stacks: With over 30 years of experience, our skilled team is prepared to handle any challenges during chimney repairs. Whether relaying chimney bricks or completing additional tuckpointing, we ensure every job is done thoroughly and efficiently without stressing the homeowner’s pocket.

Unique Aspects: Our attention to detail and commitment to excellence enabled us to handle unexpected challenges smoothly. With its proper overhang and drip edge, the new crown ensures long-term durability, while the power washing restored the chimney to its original beauty.

When your chimney needs attention, trust Smoke Stacks to provide high-quality solutions that stand the test of time. Ready to ensure your chimney remains a safe and beautiful home feature? Contact us today for an inspection, estimate, or consultation tailored to your needs. Visit our website to learn more about our comprehensive chimney services and how we can protect your home’s integrity with expert chimney repairs.