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Addison, IL, US.

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(630) 802-8883

Masonry Repairs 

We Aim To Deliver Results That Exceed Your Expectations Each Time You Call On Us

Tuck-Pointing and Rebuilds

Due to exposure to the elements, usage and the passage of time, bricks and mortar eventually show signs of wear. Depending upon the degree of deterioration different types of repairs are required. Timely maintenance of your chimney structure will ensure years of uninterrupted safe enjoyment and will enhance the value of your home. Tuck-pointing restores the masonry mortar joints between your bricks to eliminate water intrusion, prevents structural compromise, and restores the integrity & aesthetic value of your chimney.

Maximum Chimney Services masonry crews will replace the existing failing mortar with new mortar to match the original masonry texture and color as closely as possible. Once mortar has been placed within the joint, it is tooled. When done properly, tuck-pointing provides a strong, water-resistant joint that will extend the life of your masonry chimney and prevent future brick chimney repair needs. If matters are too extreme a rebuild is necessary.

Spalling and Flaking Bricks

The face of the bricks may shale or fall off. If left unattended, these bricks continue to deteriorate and entire bricks may eventually fall out of the chimney. Deteriorated brickwork weakens the chimney’s integrity and allows cold drafts, water, and insects to invade your home.

Cracked or Damaged Crown

The crown is the cement slab at the top of a masonry chimney. Crown repairs range from minor crown seals to complete crown rebuilds. If deterioration is left unattended it will eventually lead to damage to the chimney structure beneath. Maximum Chimney Services can resurface the crown with a fast setting elastomeric coating that forms a flexible waterproof membrane. Resurfacing the crown is specifically designed to repair and protect chimney crowns from water intrusion.  

Masonry Waterproofing

Water Repellant is applied to the chimney as a preventive measure to protect against water penetration. It is very important that your chimney is protected from the elements. Without adequate protection, water will eventually penetrate the chimney structure. The bricks will begin to spall (faces of the bricks pop off) or the mortar joints will deteriorate. Moisture is always present in bricks and concrete. Inferior sealers often form a water resistant surface which traps water vapors. These trapped vapors will contribute to future deterioration. Maximum Chimney Services uses a water repellant that is 100% vapor-permeable, eliminating water absorption.

Flashing Repair

Flashing is the strip of metal that joins the base of the chimney to the roof-line. Flashing prevents water from penetrating this joint and seeping into your house. A flashing seal is needed when sections of the flashing have lifted.

Chimney Caps

The best investment you can make to protect your chimney is a good quality chimney cap. A chimney cap prevents entry of rain and animals and helps contain sparks. The number one cause of damage to chimneys is rain and weather. Birds and animals are attracted to chimneys. Chimneys offer a nice, tall place to live with secure protection. However, animal and bird nests are highly flammable and if the critter can’t exit through the top of the chimney, she and her babies will try and exit through the bottom – right into YOUR house! Chimney caps can also help solve certain chimney performance problems.

Spark Arrestors & Performance Problems

A good chimney cap also includes a screen that helps control sparks. On windy days, chimney draft can be affected and if sparks exit the chimney they can ignite nearby trees, leaves and other flammables. If your home is located within a wooded area, a chimney cap with a spark arrestor is strongly recommended.

Fireplace Dampers

Keep heat and energy in and rain and animals out. The Lock-Top Damper seals tight with a silicone rubber gasket. That’s right, our damper seals with a rubber gasket, not metal to metal like your current damper. A Lock-Top Damper seals tight, so virtually no air, and thus no heat or air conditioning gets lost up your chimney. The Lock-Top also eliminates downdrafts, seals out rain which can deteriorate the inside of your chimney, and prevents entry by pests like squirrels, raccoons, and nesting birds.

 

The Lock-Top Mounts on Top of Your Chimney

On top? Yes, that is the perfect location to create an airtight seal. A cable drops down your flue and attaches to a handle which mounts where you can reach it for convenient opening and closing.

Superior Stainless Steel and Cast-Aluminum Construction Equal a Lifetime Warranty

The Lock-Top Damper is made of cast-aluminum and stainless steel, precision fitted with our special silicone rubber gasket. These high-quality materials add up to a factory lifetime warranty for you.

Professionals stake their reputation on what they sell. Lock-Top Dampers are only sold through professionals because it takes a professional for proper sizing and installation.

Say “Yes” to Savings

Have Maximum Chimney Services put the Lock-Top Damper to work for you. Save energy, stay warm, protect your chimney from moisture and your home from pests. These benefits will all be yours when you say ‘yes’ to Lock-Top.

Ventilation Issues

We Aim To Deliver Results That Exceed Your Expectations Each Time You Call On Us

PlusAire
US Plusaire provides mechanical ventilation which is when a fan is used to draw air into the house. Passive ventilation is the same as opening a window. Air is free to enter as it’s required. US Plusaire® uses both methods to bring air into the house.

Vacu-Stack Cap
Vacu-Stack Chimney Caps eliminate wind-related problems that cause fireplace smoke to be blown back into your room regardless of what direction the wind comes from! Even if the wind blows from one direction, then another, your Vacu-Stack will cure your smoky fireplace backpuffing problems.

Chimney Caps

Maximum Chimney Services offers one of the largest selections of protective chimney covers and screens in the Chicagoland area. Our chimney technicians will assist you with deciding which cover and screen best serves your needs.

Fireplace Dampers

Lock-Top’s rubber gasket seals tightly like a storm door for your fireplace, and keeps heating and cooling dollars where they should be…in your home. Lock-Top mounts on top of your chimney to keep out animals and rain. It operates from inside your firebox and seals tight every time you close it, eliminating any draft.

PlusAire

US Plusaire provides mechanical ventilation using a fan to draw air into the house. Passive ventilation is the same as opening a window. Air is free to enter as it’s required. US Plusaire® uses both methods to bring air into the house.

Vacu-Stack Caps

Vacu-Stack Chimney Caps eliminate wind-related problems that cause fireplace smoke to be blown back into your room regardless of what direction the wind comes from! Even if the wind blows from one direction, then another, your Vacu-Stack will cure your smoky fireplace back puffing problems.

Exhausto Fans

The Exhausto Fan is the ultimate solution to your drafting problems in fireplaces, stoves, BBQ’s, furnaces and more. It can be used with almost any type of fuel including wood, gas, oil, coal, or pellets. By creating a mechanical draft in the venting system the Exhausto Fan increases the capacity and efficiency of your venting system.

Our products have been enduring Chicagoland weather for generations. Whether you need a simple cap repair, a full chimney sweep or even an entire brick and mortar repair, Maximum Chimney can handle all of your chimney needs. If you would like to contact us please fill out the “Contact Us” form to the right-hand side of this page.