What is Chimney Tuckpointing?

Throughout the life of your masonry chimney there will be regular wear and tear, despite the best prevention and routine maintenance. One of the most common complaints of homeowners, city code enforcement, and insurance and real estate agents is the mortar cracking and falling out from the bricks in the chimney. This calls for tuck pointing, which is the process by which a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) removes the existing, damaged mortar and replaces it.

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If the mortar is allowed to drop from the masonry, eventually the bricks will become loose and fall. Falling bricks can be an extreme hazard, because they can damage the roof, eaves, gutters, and windows, as well as fall onto people causing injury or even death. While tuckpointing will improve the look of your masonry chimney, correcting cracks, holes, and missing portions of mortar, it will also save you in possible home & chimney damage or even law suit in the future.

Why It’s Important to Hire a Chimney Professional

Tuckpointing may not seem like a big deal, but it’s important to hire a professional to do it, and not just because you might be afraid of heights. The truth is that tuckpointing is a tedious job, and only those trained properly can match the new mortar with the aged mortar that remains in the masonry. The chimney sweep should match the mortar so that it looks the same, but also so the mortar is the same consistency of the existing mortar. An experienced chimney sweep will most likely find out the year the chimney was constructed in order to get an accurate idea of the mortar used in the masonry. If the mortar is not the same consistency as the existing mortar, the chimney isn’t as strong structurally after tuckpointing.

Another reason to hire a professional is because mortar is almost impossible to remove from bricks once it’s dried. All too often homeowners or inexperienced handymen attempt tuckpointing, accidentally getting mortar on the face of the bricks. A professional chimney sweep is trained to complete the job without these mistakes, and knows how to quickly clean the mortar before it dries.

Finally mortar falling from the masonry can be the result of water or moisture getting inside the masonry, then freezing and thawing repeatedly. This can cause other damage that should be assessed by a chimney sweep, and may need repairs. It’s always best to schedule chimney work with a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, and keep up with routine maintenance so that you chimney sweep can catch minor problems before they become major ones.

Trust your tuckpointing to a Black Moose professional, and schedule an appointment today.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)