Dunbar Masonry’s Top 10 Tips for Masonry and Chimney Maintenance Requirements

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Dunbar Masonry’s Top 10 Tips for Masonry and Chimney Maintenance Requirements

10 chimney tips

Many people in Greater Vancouver should maintain their masonry Patios, Garden Walls, Sidewalks, Chimneys and Fireplaces, due to our rainy climate conditions and fireplace use.

#1 Get Your Chimney Inspected Yearly for Proper Chimney Maintenance:

  • Your chimney should be cleaned by a certified chimney technician. This will help you make sure that it is safe to use. Your technician can inspect for repairs required.

#2 Chimney Cap Protection:

  • Chimney caps help protect the chimney from animal’s inhabitants, water damage, regardless if chimney is stone or brick construction from Vancouver to Delta to Langley.

#3 Chimney Repairs and Masonry Maintenance:

  • Any chimney, masonry, stone, brick structure requires maintenance. Any loose mortar should be ground out and repointed. Loose stone or brick should be relayed. Any moss should be cleaned and water repellant should be applied to protect brick, stone, concrete, and tiles, concrete block repairs.

#4 Don’t Use Cleaning Logs for Chimney:

  • Chimney cleaning logs should NEVER be used. They melt the creosote so it looks like black lava, leaving you to rebuild your chimney.

#5 Check Chimney & Masonry Wall Flashings

  • Make sure they are properly folded and caulked. Aluminum or lead flashings should be used as they don’t rust.

#6 If You Burn Your Fireplace A Lot

  • You should get it cleaned twice a year to avoid chimney fires.

#7 Glass Doors or Throat Dampers

  • Glass doors or throat dampers work poorly; you still get cold air blowing down the chimney. Dunbar Masonry installs Lyemance Top Dampers, to solve cold down drafts from Tsawwassen, Vancouver, Langley, Burnaby, Delta.

#8 Keep Brick, Stone, Concrete Block Clean

  • Keep brick, stone, concrete block clean. Remove ashes from fire box the day after use.

#9 Patios, Sidewalks, Retaining Walls

  • Patios, sidewalks, retaining walls that have settled should be removed and re-done, as they can be a safety hazard.

#10 Make Sure You Have Proper Drainage

  • Make sure you have proper drainage systems to drain water away on your patios, retaining walls, sidewalks. Make sure you have proper damp proofing where required.

See also our article on Building and Maintaining Watertight Chimneys

See also our article on the Shell Busey’s Housesmart Referral Network about:

The Importance of Wood Burning Fireplace/Stove Cleaning and Maintenance

If you have any concerns about your masonry needing repair, call us for any masonry or chimney maintenance, cleaning, or repairs in Burnaby, Langley, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, or anywhere in Greater Vancouver.

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