Most of these mortar joints had minor fragmentation and surface saturation decay due to water absorption and freezing. At the time, tuck-pointing was performed to repair. If the homeowner had waited, this could have turned into a fully cracked mortar joint and need rebuild repair which is far more expensive. This flashing was rusted and improperly installed, causing leaking into the home. This chimney did not have a proper 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.
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