That Dont Look Right

Sometimes you are asked to look at “repair” work on the homes we inspect.  This home has a metal roof a masonry chimney.  The mortar cap is gapping allowing rain to enter the hollow bricks. 

This chimney crown has deteriorated, leaving these hollow bricks open to water intrusion.
cracks in crown – allows water penetration


 This was a major concern and I called for professional repairs. 
Today I got an email from the client, man what a mess..

Was this chimney ‘repaired’ by a cake decorator?
Caulking should NOT be used to make this repair. 

That caulking may also be a problem when the chimney is repaired.  Mortar is not designed to stick to that caulking.  So not only is the wrong repair, it makes the correct repair harder to do.

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JJ & Suzanne are both licensed, highly skilled inspectors and educators. We are the authors of our class curriculum, and truly enjoy sharing this with our students

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