Expert chimney services

A well-maintained chimney is key to your property’s safety and structural integrity. Our comprehensive chimney services cater to residential and commercial properties across Wisconsin and surrounding areas, ensuring your chimney system functions efficiently and safely.

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Chimney rebuild & repair in wisconsin and beyond

Chimneys play a crucial role in the structure of buildings, serving various purposes. Regular inspections are vital to prevent potential problems such as water intrusion, air leaks, and fire hazards. We provide complimentary drone inspections of chimney masonry to assess their condition accurately. Each quote is accompanied by drone images of the chimney, offering a clear explanation of the situation. Our team is highly skilled in using scaffolding, enabling us to access chimneys at any height or angle to carry out necessary repairs or maintenance.

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Chimney Repair and Maintenance

Struggling with chimney issues? Our technicians excel in chimney repairs, including repointing and structural fixes, ensuring your chimney is free from blockages and wear. We also offer rebuild quotes to maintain its optimal condition, addressing all your chimney care needs efficiently.

Chimney Restoration & Rebuilding

We specialize in restoring older or historical chimneys, maintaining their original aesthetics while enhancing their structure. For chimneys beyond repair, we rebuild them to match your building’s style with durable materials, ensuring lasting integrity.

Building a new chimney

In some instances, chimneys are beyond repair, necessitating the construction of a new chimney. By choosing to build a new chimney, homeowners can safeguard their property against potential hazards while enhancing its overall functionality and aesthetic appeal.

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Signs that your chimney requires repair or maintenance

  • Visible Cracks: Cracks in the masonry and spalling (where bricks start to peel, pop out, or flake off) are clear signs of water damage and structural issues. These defects can allow moisture to seep in, exacerbating the damage and potentially leading to more serious structural problems.
  • Deteriorating Mortar Joints: If the mortar between bricks is crumbling or missing, it’s a sign that your chimney needs repointing or repair. Deteriorated mortar joints can lead to water infiltration, causing further damage to the chimney structure.
  • Rust on the Damper or Firebox: The presence of rust indicates that moisture is entering the chimney system, which could be due to various issues, such as a missing or damaged chimney cap or crown. Rust can hinder the operation of the damper and signifies that the chimney system is compromised.
  • Signs of Blockage or Poor Function: If smoke is entering the home instead of being efficiently expelled, or if there are unpleasant odors emanating from the fireplace, it could indicate a blockage or damage within the chimney. These signs suggest the chimney is not functioning properly and requires attention to ensure safety and efficiency.

Advantages of maintaining or repairing a damaged chimney:

  1. Prevents Water Damage: Timely maintenance prevents water infiltration, safeguarding your home from structural harm, mold, and mildew growth.
  2. Enhanced Safety: Regular chimney upkeep, including clearing blockages and addressing structural issues, reduces the risk of chimney fires and carbon monoxide hazards.
  3. Energy Efficiency: Proper chimney maintenance facilitates efficient heating by allowing smoke and gases to exit your home, potentially lowering energy bills.
  4. Extended Chimney Life: Routine maintenance and timely repairs can significantly extend your chimney’s lifespan, avoiding the need for costly replacements.
  5. Increased Home Value: A well-maintained chimney adds to the aesthetic appeal and overall value of your home, making it more attractive to potential buyers.
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Matthew Eash
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We contracted A. O. Handy to restore the foundation of our 150 year old home. The fieldstone foundation needed interior tuckpointing -- and a lot more. We could not be more pleased with their work. They are outstanding.
Arlen James
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I hired A O Handy for a chimney rebuild. Denis was in contact before, during, and after the project which was great especially when an issue arose regarding the old chimney. As for the project itself, everything was completed very timely, the crew cleaned up each day and were careful with personal items in the yard.
Jerry Tenckhoff
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The crew at A.O. Handy Inc. did a great job tuckpointing our 8000 sq ft commercial building. They paid attention to detail and completed the work on schedule. Very easy to work with and brought attention to areas that I was not aware of and stayed on budget.
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Frequently asked questions

Over time, masonry chimneys can develop various issues that may require attention. Signs that your chimney needs servicing include crumbling or cracked bricks, mortar deterioration, water leaks inside the chimney, rust on the damper or firebox, and a lingering odor of smoke even when the fireplace is not in use. If you notice any of these signs, it’s advisable to schedule a professional inspection and service to prevent further damage.

The frequency of chimney servicing depends on several factors, including the type of fuel burned, the frequency of use, and the condition of the chimney. As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year, preferably before the start of the heating season. However, if you use your fireplace or stove frequently or notice any signs of damage, more frequent servicing may be necessary to maintain safety and efficiency.

While some minor maintenance tasks, such as cleaning the firebox or replacing the chimney cap, can be done by homeowners, chimney servicing is best left to trained professionals. Chimney technicians have the knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment to thoroughly inspect, clean, and repair chimneys safely and effectively. Attempting to service the chimney yourself can result in injury or further damage to the chimney system. It’s always best to hire a qualified chimney sweep for any servicing needs.

Chimney servicing typically involves a thorough inspection, cleaning, and repair of the chimney and its components. During an inspection, a qualified technician will examine the chimney for any signs of damage or deterioration, such as cracks, leaks, or blockages. If needed, the chimney will be cleaned to remove built-up creosote, soot, and debris, which can obstruct airflow and increase the risk of chimney fires. Repairs may also be performed to address any structural issues, such as replacing damaged bricks or repairing mortar joints.

The cost of chimney masonry repair can vary depending on factors such as the extent of the damage, the materials needed, and the contractor’s pricing. It’s best to schedule a consultation with a reputable chimney mason to get an accurate estimate for your specific needs.

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Our extensive range of services includes tuckpointing, concrete repair and restoration, chimney services, sealant application, custom masonry work, and patching. We cater to the specific needs of commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential properties.

To prevent chimney issues and prolong the lifespan of your chimney, it’s important to practice proper maintenance and usage habits. This includes scheduling regular chimney inspections and cleanings, burning only seasoned firewood, using a spark arrestor or chimney cap to prevent debris and animals from entering the chimney, and installing a carbon monoxide detector near the fireplace or stove. Additionally, avoid burning trash or other materials that can release harmful chemicals or cause excessive creosote buildup. By taking these preventive measures, you can enjoy a safe and efficient chimney for years to come.

The duration of chimney masonry repair can vary depending on the extent of the damage and the specific repairs needed. Minor repairs may be completed in a day or two, while more extensive repairs or rebuilds could take several days to complete.

In some cases, chimney masonry repair may be covered by homeowner’s insurance if the damage is caused by a covered peril, such as a fire or severe weather. It’s important to review your insurance policy and consult with your provider to understand your coverage.

Repairing damaged chimney masonry can improve the safety and efficiency of your chimney, prevent water damage to your home, prolong the lifespan of your chimney, and enhance the overall aesthetics of your property.