What to Expect with an Historic Chimney

Marge Padgitt

Most homeowners who purchase historic homes recognize the fact that older structures need a lot of work. There are structural issues to deal with as well as cosmetic, and the larger the home, the more problems to address.

Removing soot stains from bricks and stone

Marge Padgitt

Soot stains over a fireplace can ruin a focal point in a room and detract from the beauty of the stone, tile, or brick facing. Long thought to be irremovable, there are some new techniques and products that can do the job.

Planning a Fireplace Remodel

Marge Padgitt

In one case in Kansas City, a homeowner had a carpenter build custom bookcases and trim work around and above the fireplace. This work was quite extensive and expensive to build. After the work was completed, the homeowner called a chimney sweep to check it to see if there were any problems with the installation.

Chimney Repair - Storm Damage

Marge Padgitt

Have your masonry or manufactured chimney inspected by a professional chimney sweep after storm damage by tornado, lightning, hail, microburst, hurricane, or high wind.  Signs of storm damage to a masonry chimney may include brick pieces or full bricks lying on the ground or on the roof, fresh cracks in the chimney, or blown out sections of the chimney.

Chimney Repair - Masonry

Marge Padgitt

Masonry repair should ideally be completed in warm weather so that mortar sets up correctly.  Small repairs can be made using an accelerant mixed in the mortar during winter months, but larger repairs can not.

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