Bruce and Chad Ryan’s Masonry Contruction
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Bruce & Chad Ryan’s Masonry Construction specializes in chimneys like the old masons used to do. If you’ll notice, the next time you are driving around Cincinnati, or any other old town, take a look at the homes that have a solid limestone cap. These chimneys are invariably in better condition than the newer homes of today. Why? The natural limestone caps that masons used in the “old days” protected the chimney more adequately by not allowing water to get down inside the chimney and freeze. Today’s chimneys only have a man-made cement cap on top, and these caps usually crack days after they are put on, or within a year some sort of crack develops. If you doubt this, check the top part of your chimney and you will see for yourself. The problem arises when water seeps down inside the chimney in the winter months and freezes. It then expands which causes the brick to spaul, chip or separate from the mortar. By replacing your cement cap NOW! (and maybe a course or two of brick if needed) you will be saving the life of your chimney for many years to come. As I am sure you know, the cost of home repairs are very high these days, but it would be less expensive to do a small amount of repair now, rather than a major repair later!!!!
NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN INFORMED, PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR NEIGHBOR!!!
Buying a new home with a leaky chimney? Don’t allow the seller to use a rubber crown coat to address the problem. It’s nothing more then a giant band aide.
Insist it be permanently repaired with a new limestone chimney cap.