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A great number of homes in Kitsilano have masonry chimneys and fireplaces. These high functioning features of your home are ones that operate under extremes. Having your chimney/fireplace cleaned and inspected for problems by a qualified masonry expert every 1 to 2 years (how often do you use your fireplace), is a wise precaution.

Extreme Forces

Elements that affect the life of your chimney.

  • Expansion and contraction due to freeze/thaw cycles
  • Expansion of soluble salts – efflorescence
  • Thermal expansion and contraction
  • Expansion of rusting metal contiguous to the masonry units
  • Painted masonry – moisture trapped in the masonry may not be able to escape
  • Masonry “sealed” with an inappropriate sealer
  • Effects of acid rain
  • Failure to properly repair mortar joints (repointing) soon after initial mortar failure
  • Using an incorrectly formulated repair mortar for repointing
  • Failure to repoint
  • Incompatible materials with differing physical characteristics contiguous to each other
  • Imperfections in the masonry units (bricks)from the fabrication or manufacturing process
  • Masonry units installed incorrectly – poor workmanship
  • Poor detailing, design and specifications
  • Wind erosion
  • Biological growth – plant life
  • Rising damp – the vertical migration of water through masonry by way of capillary action
  • Splash back – water falling from the roof line, impacting the ground and splashing against the masonry
  • Impact from vehicles etc. – YES this does happen.
  • Settling
  • Birds and mammals
  • List courtesy of Abstract Masonry Inc.

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

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