We carefully inspect all aspects of your chimney to ensure that you have no issues with leaks, clogs, or structural integrity.
Bone Dry Masonry specializes in all types of masonry repair and restoration work, as well as complete chimney rebuilding and chimney inspections. Your chimney takes a beating from Mother Nature. From extreme temperatures to heavy rain and snow, even the toughest-built chimney can deteriorate over time. A settling foundation can also affect your chimney, causing ugly cracks and serious structural problems. No matter what the cause, a damaged chimney can detract from the beauty and value of your home.
From cracked masonry, leaks, blocked chimney caps, and poorly fitting dampers, our experienced technicians have solved nearly every chimney problem you can imagine.
If you have a chimney problem that you need fixed, call us or click below to request a free estimate in Indianapolis, Anderson, Greenwood or nearby. Our technicians will evaluate your situation and recommend the best solution for your needs.
This homeowner called in stating that the chimney facing was starting to flake off and not look so pretty. Bone Dry Masonry went out and inspected the chimney, giving our customer options in an estimate on possible repairs for those flaking bricks. In addition to reconstructing the brick, we installed a new cover and chimney cap. The homeowner is now relaxing knowing that his chimney has it's beauty back!
Customer noticed the brick spalling, breaking apart, and coming off of his chimney from both above the roofline and at the shoulder area. Our expert inspector determined that the chimney was in such poor condition that the only proper fix was to rebuild it and install a set of limestone pieces to the shoulder area, as well as put in a concrete top to shed water away from the masonry. The homeowner approved the report and we professionaly completed the job. The customer is able to enjoy the look of his new and protected chimney.
Our customer had a masonry chimney that was failing in multiple places and needed options to affordably fix the problem. We offered a solution and an estimate, using a flexible liner to connect the furnace to the water heater & remove the portion of masonry above the roofline in order to install a vent stack. This repair and install resolved the customer's issue and reduced their liability for leaks and damage in the future.
Cusotmer contacted Bone Dry Masonry due to a water spot on the ceiling. Bone Dry Masonry sent out one of our specialist, and noticed that the chimney had widespread damaged to the bricks and mortar. Bricks were cracking, had a high percentage of holes in the mortar, and the top was thin and breaking bonds that allowed water to penetrate and cause damage. We removed the mason down to the deck, along with an additional 5 spalling bricks below the upper roofline. Our professionals Installed bricks back up to code height with a concrete crown top w/a slope, hanging past the brick for a drip edge. Customer is at ease knowing that his problem has been fixed and that he has the backing of Bone Dry Masonry!
This chimney was improperly repaired by a previous contractor. The mason work was not structurally sound. Bone Dry provided the customer with a professional estimate of the work needed to be done after our inspection. We removed a portion of the top of the chimney and rebuilt it with our years of experience to keep water outside. Bone Dry first had to demolish the outside back wall of the chimney to access the back of the fireplace. Then we re-constructed the interior portion of the firebox to appropriate code standards and to accommodate the homeowner's wishes. It was a big job, but Bone Dry Masonry was very happy to help!
Homeowner contacted Bone Dry Masonry, requesting a chimney inspection. The homeowner stated that they knew repairs were in need just from looking at it at ground level. They needed expert assistance. A Bone Dry Masonry Specialist, Nathan, went out and inspected the chimney. In his findings Nathan noticed that the chimney had one dead flue and one live flue There was also some excessive brick and mortar damage to the chimney. We suggested a rebuild as the best route to take in order to restore this chimney. We also suggested removing the dead flue tile that was currently filled with mortar. The homeowner is pleased and loves the view of their new chimney!
Customer contacted Bone Dry Masonry due to the chimney crown deteriorating and needing repairs. Our specialists out and determined that the crown had begun to deteriorate. We also noticed some spalling bricks. We recommended a rebuild of the chimney crown, some tuck pointing around the joints, and replacing 10-12 broken bricks. Giving the homeowner the look that he wants from his chimney!
Homeowner contacted Bone Dry Masonry due to a crack that they had noticed in the shoulder of a chimney. Bone Dry Masonry suggested removing the bricks and replacing with the a limestone shoulder. The limestone will give the masonry added protection and a new look. This repair and install lead to another satisfied BDM customer!
This customer, Linda, called Bone Dry Masonry saying that her poor chimney was in disarray and was even leaking. There were spalling bricks, missing mortar, and the crown was basically useless, along with a very crooked brick line. We sent Cody, one of our awesome Sales Representatives, to inspect the damage. He called for a total tear down and rebuild from the roofline up. So that's just what we did! Getting rid of almost 300 old bricks and replacing them with new ones. We even added a pretty step out corbel. Then, we poured a brand new concrete crown, with a drip edge, and this chimney was looking good! So happy to help Linda out with her chimney- turning the old into the new!
This homeowner contacted us due to a water leak around the wood chase. Bone Dry Masonry went and determined that the chase lid had started to rust, which had caused damage to the wood and allowed water to get inside the home. Our specialists removed the wood chase box to roofline, and rebuilt it with new OSB wood. We also installed an ice & water shield as needed, and redid the flashing around the chimney and ridge cap. Finaly, we toped it off with a new stainless steel chase lid. Our trained experts gave the wood chase and homeowner the protection they needed!
Most chimneys are built with porous brick and mortar. Over time, water can seep inside of the chimney, causing damage to the inside and outside of your home. Water leaks in your chimney can cause rusted damper and firebox assemblies, rotted wood, water stains on walls and ceiling, decayed exterior mortar, cracked flue lining or a tilting chimney structure. If not addressed, water leaks can eventually lead to complete failure of your chimney.
We can apply high-quality waterproofing agent that can add years to the life of your chimney. To waterproof your chimney, we use a protective sealant that is vapor permeable, which means that it allows the moisture that is inside of the chimney to escape, while preventing water from getting in from the outside. Waterproofing is an affordable way to protect the beauty and function of your chimney and save yourself money and hassle down the road.
A crack in the chimney crown can allow water and moisture to seep into the masonry, deteriorating the chimney from the inside out.
The chimney crown acts as a roof to your chimney structure, protecting the flue and top of the chimney against deterioration or damage from weather. The chimney crown is different from the chimney cap, which is an attachment that is added to the top of the flue pipe to keep debris out of the chimney flue.
If there are cracks or voids in your chimney crown, this can allow water to seep inside the bricks and mortar of your chimney, causing expensive damage over time. Our chimney technicians can repair or rebuild the crown of your chimney to help prevent the need for costly water damage repairs.
If your chimney crown is severely worn, has pieces missing, or is lacking structural integrity, it might be best to replace it with a new concrete crown. We can build a new crown for your chimney with durable concrete and a design that will direct water away from the bricks and mortar and keep your chimney as dry as possible.
If you notice that your chimney’s mortar is cracked or deteriorating, tuckpointing can help prevent further damage. Tuckpointing involves scraping out damaged mortar and replacing it with new mortar to restore the original condition of your chimney. We will expertly match your existing mortar, so you won't notice where the mortar was replaced.
Cracked or crumbling mortar joints are not only ugly, but they can also allow water to seep inside your chimney, causing serious and expensive damage.
If you have loose bricks or stones or cracks in your mortar, our trained technicians will inspect your chimney and recommend the best solution to ensure it is functioning safely and looks beautiful.
If only a few bricks are cracked or spalling (breaking off in fragments), they can typically be replaced. If your chimney has become too damaged, we will likely need to partially or completely tear down and rebuild the structure. With any chimney rebuild we try to use any existing bricks that are still in good condition. When you hire us to restore or rebuild your chimney, you can be sure that all work will be completed in accordance with state and local building codes.
If you have issues with smoke or drafts in your home, we can inspect your chimney and determine if your fireplace damper needs replacing. A damaged or improperly installed fireplace damper can reduce your home's comfort and energy efficiency, letting heated and cooled air escape up and out your chimney flue. A damaged damper can also let in water and moisture, which can cause cracks in the mortar and other serious problems. We can inspect your chimney damper and make sure it's working like it should. If your damper isn't functioning like it should, we can install a new one.
Regular chimney maintenance is important for preventing damage and expensive chimney repairs, however, all chimneys require repair at one time or another.
If you notice smoke coming into your home or that your home is drafty, you should consider having your fireplace damper inspected. In addition to masonry repair and restoration, Bone Dry Masonry also installs chimney caps, chase covers and chimney dampers.
Contact us today to find out more about our chimney repair services or to request your free estimate.
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