Chimney Leaks

                     Identifying Chimney Leaks
Water leaks on brick chimneys are a common problem. Below is a list of common causes for chimney leaks and how to asses the leakage associated with brick chimneys.:
1) Water runs down the ceramic insert (Flue liner).
2) Water soaks through brick often times through damaged and loose mortar
3) The Chimney flashing is not properly installed and water leaks form at the flashing



1) Most masonry chimneys consist of a ceramic liner called the flue quite simply, the flue is the vertical passageway that allows smoke and debris to escape from your house. Usually, there is one flue for each heating appliance in your home, which includes fireplaces, furnaces and wood stoves. However, each brick chimney can contain more than one flue. The flue is open and exposed at the top to allow for ventilation. This will also allow moisture to drain done the center of it. This is really the simplest “leak” issue to fix. The way to repair your leak is to install a chimney cap. Most chimney caps are a stainless steel cover that attaches to the top of the chimney. A chimney cap consists of a spark arrester to prevent fires and a mesh of expanded metal section to prevent animals from entering the chimney.

2) It may be that the Masonry it self is damaged. .  The first step is gain access to the chimney. If your chimney is 30 feet tall and inaccessible it may be wise to hire a chimney repair specialist. Most reputable masonry contractors will provide you with a free estimate. Once you have gained access to your chimney you can examine the extent of the damage. If the concrete of the top of the chimney is damaged or the mortar between the bricks is cracked and deteriorated it may be time to bring in a professional to replace the chimney crown and or tuck point the mortar joints.
3) It may be that the flashing around the chimney is inadequate, worn, corroded, or that it was improperly installed in the first place. This is simple enough to access all that is necessary is to take your typical garden hose and run water over the flashing where it meets the masonry
The above information has been provided for the benefit of homeowners by Mark Maupin of Brick Repair LLC He is a local Michigan masonry contractor with the last 15 years specialized in masonry restoration and Chimney repair. He is an expert at matching brick and mortar color. He will offer free estimates or answer question  for any of the following services: Chimney rebuilds,  Tuck pointing, Natural stone, Limestone replacement, Cultured stone, brick porch repair, Brick porch construction, Brick wall construction, pointing and  work, grout replacement, and historic restoration

At Brick Repair llc we are experts at matching existing brick work. Our staff of brickwork experts have spent years  in the field working with local masonry supply yards. If you have Michigan brickwork that need to be repaired one of of brickwork specialist will be happy to find your the closest possible match. To schedule a masonry consultation please call us at (248) 895-7752

Brick is one of the oldest building methods man has.  Brick has been used as a building material by man for centuries.  The earliest bricks were made of clay formed into shapes and dried by the heat of the sun.  These bricks were known as adobe.  As man’s knowledge of building grew we came to the realization that by heating, or firing, the brick in a kiln they became stronger.  Technologies for manufacturing brick in today’s modern era have changed.  No longer are brick formed by hand and dried in the sun.  Today’s brick are made in giant computer controlled kilns.  Brick color and size is no longer limited to the color of the clay.  Brick is now available in a variety of sizes and colors.

A small selection of brick can be found in most building supply yards like Home Depot or Lowes, but the best place to find brick is in your local brick supply yard.  These yards have a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes of brick. There are a Varity of brick textures available on the market today. Some of these textures are bark face, rug, buff, shale, vertical mat, bark face with a vine,  wire cut, glazed just to name a few.

When choosing a brick for your brickwork or repair project, you need to be aware that there are two way to describe brick size, one is the actual brick dimension the other is nominal. Nominal refers to the size of the brick plus the mortar joint.

We can find a brick layer for you in any of the following communities

Oakland County Michigan, Addison Township 48367, Addison Twp 48367,  Auburn Hills 48321, Auburn Hills 48326, Berkley 48072, Beverly Hills  48025, Bingham Farms 48025, Birmingham 48009, Birmingham 48012,  Bloomfield 48301, Bloomfield 48302, Bloomfield 48303, Bloomfield 48304,  Bloomfield Hills 48301, Bloomfield Hills 48302, Bloomfield Hills 48303,  Bloomfield Hills 48304, Bloomfield Township 48301, Bloomfield Township  48302, Bloomfield Township 48303, Bloomfield Township 48304, Bloomfield  Twp 48303, Bloomfield Village 48301, Bloomfield Hls 48303, Bloomfield  Twp 48303, Clarkston 48346, Clarkston 48347, Clarkston 48348, Clawson  48017, Commerce Township 48382, Commerce Township 48390, Commerce Twp  48382, Commerce Twp 48390, Davisburg 48350, Detroit 48220, Detroit  48237, Drayton Plains 48330, Drayton Plns 48330, Farmington Hls 48331,  Farmington Hls 48332, Farmington Hls 48333, Farmington Hls 48334,  Farmington Hls 48335, Farmington Hls 48336, Farmington 48331, Farmington  48332, Farmington 48333, Farmington 48334Farmington 48335, Farmington  48336, Farmington Hills 48331, Farmington Hills 48332, Farmington Hills  48333, Farmington Hills 48334, Farmington Hills 48335,, Farmington Hills  48336, Farmington Hls 48331, Farmington Hls 48332, Farmington Hls  48333, Farmington Hls 48334, Farmington Hls 48335, Farmington Hls 48336,  Ferndale 48220, Franklin 48025, Goodison 48306, Hazel Park 48030,  Highland 48356, Highland 48357, Holly 48442, Huntington Wds 48070,  Huntington Woods 48070, Independence 48346, Independence 48348, Keego  Harbor 48320, Lake Angelus 48326, Lake Orion 48359, Lake Orion 48360,  Lake Orion 48361, Lake Orion 48362, Lakeville 48366, Lathrup Village  48076, Lathrup Vlg 48076, Leonard 48367, Madison Heights 48071, Madison  Hts 48071, MI Metro 48340, Milford 48380, Milford 48381, New Hudson  48165, Novi 48374, Novi 48375, Novi 48376, Novi 48377, Oak Park 48237,  Oakland 48306, Oakland 48363, Oakland Township 48306, Oakland Twp 48306,  Orchard Lake 48323, Orchard Lake 48324, Orion 48359, Orion 48360, Orion  48362, Ortonville 48462, Oxford 48370, Oxford 48371, Pleasant Ridge  48069, Pleasant Ridge 48069, Pontiac 48340, Pontiac 48341, Pontiac  48342, Pontiac 48343, Rochester 48306, Rochester 48307, Rochester 48308,  Rochester 48309, Rochester Hills 48306, Rochester Hills 48307,  Rochester Hills 48309, Rochester Hls 48306, Rochester Hls 48307,  Rochester Hls 48309, Royal Oak 48067, Royal Oak 48068, Royal Oak 48073,  South Lyon 48178, Southfield 48033, Southfield 48034, Southfield 48037,  Southfield 48075, Southfield 48076, Southfield 48086, Springfield  Township 48350, Springfield Twp 48350, Sylvan Lake 48320, Troy 48007,  Troy 48083, Troy 48084, Troy 48085, Troy 48098, Troy 48099, Union Lake  48387, W Bloomfield 48322, W Bloomfield 48323, W Bloomfield 48324, W  Bloomfield 48325, Walled Lake 48390, Walled Lake 48391, Waterford 48327,  Waterford 48328, Waterford 48329, Waterford Township 48329, West  Bloomfield 48322, West Bloomfield 48323, West Bloomfield 48324, West  Bloomfield 48325, White Lake 48383, White Lake 48386, Wixom 48393,  Wolverine Lake 48390, Wolverine Lk 48390

Wayne County Michigan, Canton 48187, Canton 48188, Dearborn 48120,  Dearborn 48121, Dearborn 48123, Dearborn 48124, Dearborn 48126, Dearborn  48128, Dearborn Heights 48125, Dearborn Heights 48127, Dearborn Hts  48125, Dearborn Hts 48127, Ecorse 48229, Flat Rock 48134, Garden City  48135, Garden City 48136, Gibraltar 48173, Grosse Ile 48138, Grosse  Pointe 48215, Grosse Pointe 48224, Grosse Pointe 48230, Grosse Pointe  48236, Grosse Pointe Farms 48230, Grosse Pointe Farms 48236, Grosse  Pointe Park 48215, Grosse Pointe Park 48224, Grosse Pointe Park 48230,  Grosse Pointe Park 48236, Grosse Pointe Shores 48230, Grosse Pointe  Shores 48236, Grosse Pointe Woods 48230, Grosse Pointe Woods 48236,  Hamtramck 48211, Hamtramck 48212, Harper Woods 48225, Highland Park  48203, Inkster 48141, Lincoln Park 48146, Livonia 48150, Livonia 48151,  Livonia 48152, Livonia 48153, Livonia 48154, Melvindale 48122, New  Boston 48164, Northville 48167, Northville 48168, Northville Township  48167, Northville Twp 48167, Plymouth 48170, Redford 48239, Redford  48240, River Rouge 48218, Riverview 48192, Riverview 48193, Rockwood  48173, Romulus 48174, Southgate 48195, Sumpter Twp 48111, Taylor 48180,  Trenton 48183, Van Buren Twp 48111, Wayne 48184, Westland 48185,  Westland 48186, Woodhaven 48183, Wyandotte 48192, Wyandotte 48193

Macomb County Michigan, Armada 48005, Bruce 48065, Bruce Township 48065,  Bruce TWP 48065, Center Line 48015, Chesterfield 48047, Chesterfield  48051, Clinton Township 48035, Clinton Township 48036, Clinton Township  48038, Clinton Twp 48035, Clinton Twp 48036, Clinton Twp 48038, East  Detroit 48021, Eastpointe 48021, Fraser 48026, Harrison Township 48045,  Harrison Twp 48045, Lenox 48048, Lenox 48050, Macomb 48042, Macomb  48044, Mount Clemens 48043, Mount Clemens 48046, New Baltimore 48047,  New Baltimore 48051, New Haven 48048, New Haven 48050, Ray 48096, Ray  Twp 48096, Richmond 48062, Romeo 48065, Roseville 48066, Saint Clair  Shores 48080, Saint Clair Shores 48081, Saint Clair Shores 48082,  Selfridge 48045, Selfridge Angb 48045, Shelby Township 48315, Shelby  Township 48316, Shelby Township 48317, Shelby Township 48318, Shelby Twp  48315, Shelby Twp 48316, Shelby Twp 48317, Shelby Twp 48318, St Clair  Shrs 48080, St Clair Shrs 48081, St Clair Shrs 48082, St Clr Shores  48080, St Clr Shores 48081, St Clr Shores 48082, Sterling Heights 48310,  Sterling Heights 48311, Sterling Heights 48312, Sterling Heights 48313,  Sterling Heights 48314, Sterling Hts 48310, Sterling Hts 48311,  Sterling Hts 48312, Sterling Hts 48313, Sterling Hts 48314, Utica 48315,  Utica 48316, Utica 48317, Utica 48318, Warren 48088, Warren 48089,  Warren 48090, Warren 48091, Warren 48092, Warren 48093, Warren 48397,  Washington Twp 48094, Washingtonn Twp 48095