The top five courses of this NE Portland chimney have minor fragmentation and surface saturation decay due to water intrusion and freezing. At this time, they can be tuck pointed to repair. If you wait too long while tuck pointing is an option, this could turn into a fully cracked mortar joint and need rebuild repair which is far more expensive.
This chimney also lacks a proper chimney cap. A proper chimney cap is one that shelters and protects the entire masonry crown footprint and all terminations, with a screen to keep our pests and debris. A masonry chimney is a clay porous structure that absorbs water and becomes saturated in the PNW climate. In this saturated state, masonry decay is accelerated. It is regular exterior building maintenance to apply a water sealant to any masonry structure every 10 years. With this water seal application and the recommended repairs, we guarantee no leaking to occur.
Kylie is an Oregon native who joined the PF&C team in March 2017. Fire safety runs in her family, growing up with her dad as a firefighter. She recorded a full length album and continues to write music in her spare time. Kylie is a necrotizing fasciitis survivor, a rare and often fatal bacterial infection. After 18 surgeries and many months of physical therapy, she considers it a joy to have the ability to be up on the roofs serving homeowners. With a degree in interpersonal communication from Wheaton College, Kylie is passionate about genuinely connecting with people and helping to meet their fireplace and chimney needs.
Whatever the need, make sure to ask for Kylie, one of the only women chimney sweeps in the industry.