Brickworks - What Does a Chimney Sweep Service Provide?

A good, professional, reliable chimney sweep service will clear your chimney of glazed creosote build-up and thereby ensure years of worry-free fireplace use.  When creosote builds up in your chimney, the next fire you burn in your fireplace could ignite.  While a chimney sweep service provides a clean and safer chimney, the real service that a chimney sweep provides is peace of mind.  This is exactly what Brickworks Property Restoration strives to do for each and every client we work with.

Why is a Chimney Sweep Important?

Like any fire that occurs in your home, a chimney fire can be catastrophic.  The fires you burn in your fireplace release gases and create soot that builds up on the interior walls of your chimney.  The more you burn, the more likely it is that you can have a fire in your chimney.  For a long time, the work of clearing chimneys of creosote build-up was not only thankless, but unreliable.  There is still a lot of bad press about some chimney sweep services that swindle their customers without doing much cleaning of their chimneys.  With Brickworks Property Restoration, however, you will work with a company that prioritizes excellent customer service and employs an amazing product that eliminates the build-up of creosote.  This product is called Poultice Creosote Remover, or PCR.  We apply the PCR, as a poultice, directly to the creosote build-up, which is absorbed by the PCR.  A day or two after application, we will then clear your chimney and flue of all creosote build-up.

Brickworks Property Restoration can provide you with regular chimney sweep services to ensure that it remains in good condition.  We recommend a thorough cleaning approximately every four years, and we can recommend a number of practices for the most efficient burning of wood, which will prolong the life of your chimney and minimize the risk of a chimney fire.  If you notice that you have a larger amount of soot in your fireplace, it could be an indication of build-up in your chimney.  This makes your selection of a chimney sweep all the more important.  Not all chimney sweep services are created equally.

Full Service Chimney Sweep Company

We are a full-service chimney service.  While clearing chimneys of creosote is the most important service any chimney sweep can offer, there are associated services that we provide, which help to ensure the long-term well-being of your chimney.  Our services include:

If you would like more information on our chimney sweep services or would like to schedule a time for us to provide one or more services, call Brickworks Property Restoration at (586) 868-3234 and we will be happy to help you.

Why our Foundation Repair Company Doesn't use Subcontractors

The function of your home’s foundation is to provide structure and strength to your house. Your foundation is vitally important as damage, cracks and other foundation problems can gradually get worse over time, causing serious problems for the stability of your home. Realizing that you need foundation repair is stressful, but the team at Brickworks Property Restoration can guide you through the process, explaining each and every step along the way.  Our focus is always on giving our customers the most positive experience possible.

Foundation Repair with No Subcontractors

Brickworks Property Restoration has more than ten years of experience in the foundation repair business. We have made a decision as a company to invest in our own employees, rather than hiring a large number of subcontractors in order to cut costs.  As a result, we can guarantee that our employees are trained and provide the high level of service that our company is committed to.  Working directly with our own team of employees also allows us to have more control over the final product, the timeline and the quality of work.

Brickworks Property Restoration gets much of our business from customer referrals and we believe that is in large part because of our business model.  We do foundation repair work ourselves and we stand behind our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  In addition, we only work with one of the top foundation repair suppliers in the country, so we also offer a lifetime guarantee on the products we use and a 25 year warranty on labor.

High Quality Foundation Repair in Michigan

The team at Brickworks Property Restoration understands how scary and stressful a foundation repair can be. While you may see signs of a foundation problem (wall cracks, settling/sinking, uneven floors, and doors that stick), since you cannot actually see the crack in your foundation, it is easy to put off a repair for fear of a costly bill.  Our crew will quickly ease your mind, explain the issues that we find and carefully outline our plan for repair and the anticipated cost. You will not have to worry about hiring us and then finding that a team of subcontractors return to your home for the repair job. All of our staff will be employed by Brickworks and will meet or exceed our repair standards.

Brickworks Property Restoration can complete all types of foundation repair.  For more information about our services, call us at 586-868-3234 if you are concerned about your home’s foundation.

Why Foundation Piering is Vital for Most Foundation Repair Jobs

Does your home reside on unstable soil? While this might not sound alarming at first glance, unstable soil can negatively impact the health of your home’s foundation, causing it to weaken. With loose soil around your foundation, the walls of your home can become unstable over time. If this is a situation that you’re currently dealing with or if you are looking to prepare your home for the future, foundation piering is an ideal way to repair and secure the foundation of your home. At Brickworks Property Restoration, we specialize in foundation piering and want to let you know why foundation piering is vital for most foundation repair jobs.

Foundation Piering Basics

For those that aren’t familiar with foundation repair jobs, let us introduce you to foundation piering. Foundation piering is a foundation repair process that digs steel pipe pilings into your unstable soil to help correct any foundation issues that you’re currently having or may have down the road. Foundation piering helps raise your foundation back to its original level. Once your home’s foundation is back to the appropriate level, these pipe pilings will lock the corrected elevation in place so that you do not have foundation issues down the road.

The Importance of Foundation Piering

Foundation piering not only repairs the foundation issues that you have, but it also prevents the unstable soil around your home from causing any additional issues down the road. Investing in foundation piering will help ensure that your home is secure and lasts for a lifetime!

Foundation Piering Advantages

At Brickworks Property Restoration, we believe that there are many advantages to investing in foundation piering when it comes to your foundation repair needs. First and foremost, foundation piering is a much more affordable foundation repair option than many of your other repair options. Additionally, this type of repair allows you to continue to live in your home with minimal interruption while the foundation piers are installed. Lastly, foundation piering levels your foundation and secures it from any foundation damage down the road.

As you can see, foundation piering is vital for most foundation repair jobs. If this is a service that you are interested in or one that you’d like to learn more about, simply give our foundation piering experts at Brickworks Property Restoration a call today at (586) 868-3234. We even offer a free foundation piering estimate, so what do you have to lose?

When is the Last Time your Chimney Was Checked for Structural Integrity?

The chimney of your home may not be an area that you stress about frequently, but it is in fact a very important part of your residence. When is the last time that your chimney was checked for structural integrity? If it has been a very long time or if it has never been checked, there’s no better time than now. The first important step is to find a reliable, affordable and experienced chimney expert that can properly evaluate your chimney’s structural integrity. There’s no better choice for you as a homeowner than our dedicated team at Brickworks Property Restoration.

Maintaining your Chimney

A study completed by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) found that 36% of residential home fires are caused by creosote buildup, which is found in chimneys where wood is burned. There’s no better way to ensure that this buildup doesn’t occur in your home than to have your chimney checked regularly for its structural integrity. This is not the only thing that you need to consider when evaluating your chimney. There may be brick damage that has developed over the years that needs to be addressed. At Brickworks Property Restoration, we are committed to finding the perfect match for your existing chimney so that you will not be able to tell that a repair was completed by our team.

Guarantee the Best Brick Match

When it comes to strengthening the structural integrity of your chimney and repairing any brick damage, our repair specialists guarantee that your new bricks will be a perfect match. To make sure this is the case, we utilize the most up to date color chart to provide you with the most ideal brick match. Additionally, we have access to 15-20 masonry supply yards to find the perfect brick match. Before completing the repair, we will always bring 2-3 brick samples to your home to make sure that you are comfortable with the brick that is chosen.

Free Chimney Check

There’s no better time than now to check the structural integrity of your chimney. To make this easier for our potential clients, take advantage of the free chimney check that our team at Brickworks Property Restoration offers. All you need to do is call in the request and we’ll let you know the state of your chimney.

So, if it has been a long time since your chimney was last checked for structural integrity, it’s time to do something about that! To request a free, no obligation chimney evaluation, give our staff at Brickworks Property Restoration a call today at (586) 868-3234.

Use Tuckpointing and Repointing to Extend the Life of Your Masonry

Brickworks Property Restoration can extend the life of your home’s masonry.  Like all materials that are exposed to the elements, masonry is also vulnerable to degradation.  However, with proper maintenance, and by employing the processes that we have experience and expertise in using, your brickwork will last a very long time.  We understand that masonry work can be expensive, and that is why we have developed the expertise that is necessary to minimize the cost to you.  We can help extend the life of your masonry work by employing proper maintenance techniques.

What is Tuckpointing and Repointing?

So what are the proper maintenance techniques for masonry work?  We recommend the tuckpointing and repointing processes.  Here is a little more information about each technique.

Tuckpointing is a method of using two contrasting colors of mortar in the joints of brickwork, with one color matching the bricks to give an impression that extremely fine joints have been made.  Tuckpointing is the art of finishing the mortar joints in exposed brick or stone masonry with suitable cement or lime mortar, which protects the joints from the effects of weather.  It also improves the esthetic appeal of the structure.

Repointing is the process of renewing the pointing, which is the external part of mortar joints, in masonry construction. Over time, weathering and decay can create voids in masonry unit joints, which allows water and moisture to penetrate the masonry.  This occurs most often in brick masonry.  Water can do severe damage to masonry.  Tuckpointing and repointing restore masonry to a state that resists penetration by water.

The process includes removing the mortar that has been compromised by the elements from the masonry joints and installing new mortar. When installed properly, tuckpointing and repointing will prevent expensive repairs and foundation damage from occurring.

There are some easy ways to determine if your masonry work needs our attention.  You may notice:

  • Gaps forming between the masonry and the mortar
  • New cracks in the mortar
  • Bricks or stone in the structure have loosened
  • Puddling or dampness on the masonry structure
  • Water has infiltrated interior walls

Masonry Repair Services

If you notice any of the signs listed above, your masonry structure may be at risk. Brickworks Property Restoration will help restore your masonry structure to full structural integrity.  We have worked hard to establish a reputation for professionalism and trustworthiness.  If your masonry is in any state of deterioration, give us a call at 586-868-3234 and we will be happy to serve you.

How to Know Whether you need Interior Basement Waterproofing or Exterior Basement Waterproofing

Brickworks Property Restoration can help you determine which solution is best for you to keep your basement dry and protected from the elements. We offer complete basement waterproofing for homes in the Detroit Metro area, including both interior and exterior basement waterproofing.  You can count on our team to give you an honest appraisal of what your house needs.

Signs you Might Have a Water Problem In your Basement

If your basement walls are wet higher up on the walls, leaving a dirt line as a signal of water encroachment, the problem could be that the original seal on your foundation has worn off.  The result could be that water is seeping into your basement walls from the outside.  Most basement walls have an original basement damp-proofing system composed of a thin coat of concrete over the blocks with a coating of tar or similar sealant applied on top. But tar will break down over time.  When the tar dissolves in the damp soil on the exterior side, there is only a thin coating of concrete left on the wall. The coating eventually cracks and allows water to enter your basement walls.  That is when you inevitably see the results of encroaching moisture inside your basement.

Other signs of this phenomenon include persistent paint failure on your basement walls.  You may see bubbling, fading or discoloration of the paint, or worse—you can find mold growing in the paint.  Each sign indicates that your foundation wall is holding moisture and gets underneath the layer of paint.  That is usually the cause of persistent paint failure. Exterior basement waterproofing may solve this problem for your home. The best solution for wet basement walls is to fully excavate the foundation walls, repair every crack, coat the walls properly, and install a waterproofing membrane. New exterior footer drains are to be installed and discharged away from the foundation to keep your basement walls dry once and for all.

By contrast, interior basement waterproofing systems are effective if your issues are related to groundwater. If you have dry basement walls but see water seeping through the base of the wall, this can be a sign that groundwater is building up.  This can happen as a result of heavy rains or melting snow. Such conditions can cause groundwater to accumulate under your basement.  Without proper drainage you may see water in your basement. Cessation of rain does not necessarily mean that the condition will end immediately because it can take some time for the groundwater to work its way to the lowest level.

Waterproofing your Basement

If you are uncertain about whether your basement needs interior or exterior waterproofing, Brickworks Property Restoration is here to help you find the best solution.  Give us a call at (586) 868-3234 and we will help you keep water away from your basement.

Standing Water in your Yard? Maybe you need a Yard Drain Installation

Have you noticed water in your yard after a big rainstorm or after you’ve used your sprinkler system? If you have standing water in your yard at any time, you may have a drainage problem.  You may need a yard drain system installed to allow the water to flow away from your home.  Water near your home can present a big problem for your foundation.  Brickworks Property Restoration can help you determine if you have a drainage issue that may compromise the structure of your home. If so, we can install a drainage system and protect your home’s foundation and/or basement and ensure that it stays strong and dry.

What Does Standing Water in your Yard Mean?

You may not notice a drainage problem until you see a large puddle pooling up in some area of your yard.  By this point, your entire yard may be saturated, even closer to your home than you would expect.  Excess water underneath your home can be a real problem for your foundation and cause costly and unexpected problems.  If you have any idea that you might have a drainage issue on your property, get it checked out as soon as possible so that you can prevent any long term damage.

Brickworks Property Restoration helps customers protect and restore their property - particularly from water.  We can help you install a drainage system that directs water away from any structure on your property and protect it from damage. And, if a drainage issue has damaged your home in some way, we can also help you repair this damage and prevent future water damage.

Protect your Property from Water

The team at Brickworks Property Restoration is professional, dependable, and timely. Our team provides high quality work at affordable prices. We have been serving the Detroit area for more than 20 years and offer a satisfaction guarantee.  We always provide free, no obligation estimates so that you know exactly what to expect in terms of cost, timeframe and plans for the repairs that you need.  We understand that repairs to your home and even the possibility of water damage can be stressful and unnerving. Our crew will explain exactly what the process is for draining your yard and thoroughly inspecting your home for any sign that there is water damage. If we notice a problem, we will communicate quickly and clearly so that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

If you have noticed standing water in your yard, call us at Brickworks Property Restoration at (586) 868-3234 for assistance.

Importance of Properly Waterproofing your Basement

If you’re lucky enough to have a basement in your home, it may in fact be one of your favorite and most functional areas of your home. It can be used to store household items, add precious living space, or perhaps serve as a playroom or game room for the children in your life.  Because your basement is so close to the ground, it is also very vulnerable to water damage, leaks, mildew and mold.  Waterproofing your basement can protect it and prevent water and moisture from entering your home and causing damage.  Brickworks Property Restoration specializes in professional waterproofing of your home or building’s basement so you can be confident that your basement will be functional, safe and dry for many years to come.

Keep the Structure of your Home Safe

Our team at Brickworks Property Restoration can complete a wide variety of professional waterproofing services that can be tailored to best protect your home from water damage.  We can provide an assessment of your property and make a recommendation for effective waterproofing.  We offer interior and exterior basement waterproofing, interior foundation waterproofing, yard drain installation, brick and cement repairs, de-humidification system installation, wall straightening and bracing, crack injections and much more.

Drainage on your property is also a very important part of waterproofing your home. Effective below ground waterproofing includes both drainage and sealers, which prevents moisture from entering your basement from underneath or below your home.  This process will also preserve and protect your home’s foundation and structural integrity. Over time, waterproofing can prevent major structural issues including sloping floors, bowing walls, and doors and windows that cannot close properly that are extremely costly and even dangerous.

Partner with Brickworks Property Restoration to Protect your Home

Your home is very likely your most valuable asset.  And, you have invested a sizable amount of money in it and made countless memories with your friends and family in your home.  The last thing that you want to worry about is water damage, foundation issues or mold causing serious damage. You can trust the team at Brickworks Property Restoration to help you protect your home from all types of water damage. Waterproofing your basement now can prevent a wide variety of serious problems down the road.  For more information or to have a member of our team come to your property to give you an estimate for waterproofing your basement, call us today at (586) 868-3234.

What Is Tuckpointing?

While the bricks on your chimney can last as long as a century, the mortar that is used to connect the bricks has a much shorter lifespan.  Tuckpointing is a repair technique that can be used to strengthen and repair the mortar that deteriorates over time in order to prevent your chimney from being compromised, or even worse, collapsing.  Brickworks Property Restoration can complete necessary chimney repair on your home - our tuckpointing services will extend the life of your mortar so that you can be confident that your chimney will be strong for many years to come. Tuckpointing can extend the life of your chimney system in a variety of different ways.

Benefits of Tuckpointing

Brickworks Property Restoration can complete all types of tuckpointing.  Whether you simply need cracks and holes filled in your mortar, or if you need us to grind out existing mortar and refill it, we can help.  The benefits of periodic tuckpointing of your chimney include:

  • Increasing the value of your home
  • Restoring your home’s natural beauty
  • Preventing additional mortar damage
  • Protecting your home against storm and other weather damage
  • Reducing risk of moisture penetrating and getting inside your chimney system
  • Preserving and restoring the integrity of chimney and old brickwork
  • Tuckpointing is less expensive than a complete chimney rebuild

Why Choose Brickworks Property Restoration for Tuckpointing?

Now is a great time to have your chimney tuckpointed during the warmer months, before another harsh winter approaches. The team at Brickworks Property Restoration works all year round and has openings available for a tuckpointing job immediately.  We offer free tuckpointing consultations.  Our trained and experienced masonry professionals can assess your home’s chimney and give you a detailed assessment of weak areas and our recommendation for tuckpointing.

The Brickworks Property Restoration crew takes pride in our work and guarantees your satisfaction in our tuckpointing services.  We will not leave any mortar on your brick, we use diamond blade grinders so we will not affect surrounding brick, and we can match mortar to your existing mortar to maintain aesthetic appeal. In addition, we make all of our own mortar right in our shop so we can guarantee that it is high quality and will last for many years.  Our prices are affordable and our crew is professional, courteous and respectful of your time. For more information about our tuckpointing services or to schedule a time for our crew to come to your home, call us today at (586) 868-3234.

Increase Your Property Value with Cultured Stone

Have you been looking for an effective way to enhance the look of your home and in turn increase your property value as well? Well, by teaming up with our experienced staff at Brickworks Property Restoration, you can increase your property value with cultured stone. The best thing about this type of home improvement project is that it’s affordable! As proven masonry contractors, we’re eager and ready to get to work on your cultured stone project.

The Total Cultured Stone Package

There are quite a few contractors that specialize in cultured stonework, but none that bring as much to the table as our team at Brickworks Property Restoration. We offer elite level cultured stone installation. The installation process is one of the most critical aspects of your cultured stone project. The better the cultured stone is installed, the more natural your home will look. By combining our wide variety of cultured stone materials with our installation staff that has a passion for the finer details, the property value of your home will surely increase. To top it off, we can incorporate other materials such as brick or concrete to add contrast to the look of your cultured stone project. At Brickworks Property Restoration, our work doesn’t just stop once your cultured stone project is complete. We provide our clients with maintenance tips to ensure that the curb appeal of your home improves significantly so that you achieve the greatest lifespan for your cultured stone.

Complimentary Estimate from Brickworks Property Restoration

If you are still in the research stage and aren’t quite sure whether or not you would like to invest in cultured stone, there is nothing to lose when it comes to at least requesting a complimentary estimate from our dedicated team. One of our masonry specialists will come out to your home and evaluate the best cultured stone options for your property, with a focus on increasing your property value. From there, our staff will provide you with our recommended plans for your cultured stone project. We’re confident that you’ll be pleased with the affordable prices that our team is committed to providing our clients.

If you are looking for a home improvement project that will not only enhance the look of your home, but will also increase your property value as well, look no further than affordable cultured stone. To request a free estimate from our masonry team, give Brickworks Property Restoration a call today at (586) 868-3234. This is a decision you surely will not regret!