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Get your chimney issues fixed right!
It matters who you call for a New Jersey chimney repair. Many contractors will try to convince you that you need your chimney to be completely replaced or an expensive liner must be added when all you may need is a simple repair.
Hart and Sons Inc. has been repairing chimneys in New Jersey for more than 100 years. We use all of our own employees, and not low-cost subcontractors.
We’ll give you an accurate quote to get the job fixed right the first time.
Common chimney issues
Every chimney is different, but most have similar issues. Over a long period of time New Jersey elements can start to break down the components of a chimney.
Water damage – When you have a problem with your chimney it usually leads to water damage which can be costly to repair. Loose, damaged or deteriorated flashings can cause water to leak onto the wood portion of a roof and attic causing wood rot and mold. Water soaked brick and mortar will lead to further cracks causing your chimney to fail. These problems can be avoided with regular inspections or fixed with a simple repair if caught early enough
Cracked or broken crown – The crown, located at the top of the chimney is a cement barrier used to keep water from penetrating into the bricks and mortar. When identified early enough, small cracks can be repaired with a waterproof cement and sealant avoiding a more costly repair.
Deteriorated bricks or mortar – After decades, the brick used on your North Jersey chimney can start to deteriorate from heat, rain, hail and freezing. Chips, cracks and mortar damage will allow water to penetrate, opening even larger cracks. This can cause smoke and gas to enter your living space. Our team of expert masons can quickly and affordably repair most chimneys without a liner or having to rebuild from the bottom up.
Flashing damage – Flashing is a metal strip used around the base of the chimney that creates a weatherproof seal to prevent water from seeping onto the brick, roof and attic. If this is not installed properly it can cause leaks creating a big problem. Hart and Sons, Inc has a metal fabrication machine in our Plainfield, NJ workshop that we can use to create chimney flashings with the exact measurements for your New Jersey home. You can be sure the proper metal, sizing and installation methods will be used.
How a chimney gets damaged
Chimneys are mostly made of brick which deteriorates over time. Older homes tend to have brick that lasts much longer than newer homes as the brick has been fired longer and is harder. Yet, it will still weaken over extended periods of time. Rain, snow and hail can put pressure on mortar joints. Falling branches from a nearby tree can damage brick or the cement crown. If a chimney is not installed properly sometimes it might settle causing it to lean to one side.
When you notice any of these types of issues, contact the Northern NJ chimney experts at Hart and Sons to discuss options for having it repaired properly.
Common chimney repair services
Your North Jersey chimney helps smoke and gas to escape your home. Over time, a small amount of damage can result in a serious problem if not addressed. For more than one century, Hart and Sons, Inc. has been repairing every type of chimney issue imaginable. If you have one of these issues, call us today for a consultation on how to get your chimney fixed properly.
- CHIMNEY REPAIR
- CHIMNEY REPLACEMENT
- CHIMNEY CONSTRUCTION
- CHIMNEY REBUILD
- CHIMNEY RESTORATION
- CHIMNEY REMOVAL
- CHIMNEY MORTAR REPAIR
- CHIMNEY BRICK REPAIR
- CHIMNEY CRACK REPAIR
- CHIMNEY TUCKPOINTING
- CHIMNEY REPOINTING
- LEANING CHIMNEY REPAIR
- CHIMNEY LEAK REPAIR
- CHIMNEY FLASHING REPAIR
- CHIMNEY WATERPROOFING
- CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS
- CHIMNEY CAP INSTALLATION
- CHASE COVER REPAIR
- CHIMNEY MASONRY REPAIR
- CHIMNEY CROWN REPAIR
- CHIMNEY FLUE REPAIR
- CHIMNEY DAMPER REPAIR
Is a chimney liner needed?
A chimney liner is a metal sleeve that is inserted down the chimney to prevent gases from leaking into the home. It can also prevent fires from combustible gas collecting within the chimney.
Sometimes a chimney liner is required by towns after a failed chimney inspection. This usually results in an expensive repair that costs thousands of dollars but often can be avoided.
Hart & Sons, Inc. can complete a thorough and accurate inspection of your chimney and let you know if it can be repaired without a liner. Usually, if the brick is still in good shape, a quality pointing job will resolve any gas from escaping and eliminate the need for an insert.
If you are considering selling your home, having a pre-inspection of your chimney, roof and exterior can identify repairs that may be needed so you can save money and sell your home faster.
Chimney mortar pointing requires an expert hand
Repointing a chimney with mortar is an art. It requires completely removing any existing mortar that has failed and fully replacing it with new material. It must be properly applied and sealed. At this point it should last decades. Not everyone has the same skill level when repointing a chimney. The craftsman at Hart and Sons, Inc are all employees and have been refining their workmanship for generations.
Replacing your chimney brick with matching color and texture
Sometimes the existing brick on a chimney will be cracked, deteriorated or missing. This will require new brick to be used in its place. Hart and Sons has a brickyard filled with a huge selection of the most common brick used throughout northern, NJ. We have been successful in matching or nearly matching almost every type of chimney brick used. This helps us to make sure the look of the chimney on your home is esthetically pleasing and will not stand out like a soar thumb.
Maintaining a chimney
An important part of being a homeowner is keeping up with regular maintenance. This includes routine inspections of your chimney, roof and exterior to make sure everything is functioning properly. Catching an issue early on can help prevent a much more expensive repair down the road.
Call Hart and Sons for Your New Jersey Chimney Repair Contractor
When you have any type of chimney repair in Northern New Jersey, contact Hart and Sons, Inc. for a free and fair estimate. We’ll let you know everything that is wrong and how repairs should be made without cutting corners.