If you are getting ready to sell your home and one of the key features that you would like to advertise is the fireplace in the den, the chimney leading to it needs to be damage-free so that whoever buys the residence can safely light a fire inside the house. If the chimney is missing a couple bricks, clean the chimney's exterior and install new ones in the spots where ones previously were located. Once finished, the house's exterior will have an improved appearance that will assist with attracting prospective buyers.
- extension ladder
- shoes that have skid-free bottoms
- safety harness
- backpack garden sprayer
- industrial-strength detergent
- oxygen bleach
- water hose
- long-handled scrub brush
- mortar mix
- mixing stick
- putty knife
Clean The Chimney's Exterior
Set up an extension ladder along the side of the house that contains the chimney. Put on a pair of shoes that have skid-free bottoms so that you aren't likely to fall while on the rooftop. Purchase a safety harness and learn how to use it as well. Add a small amount of industrial-strength detergent and oxygen bleach to a garden sprayer's tank. Fill the rest of the tank with water.
Mix the components in the tank by turning on the machine's agitator. Place the straps that are connected to the sprayer over your shoulders. Clean the chimney's exterior by spraying the cleaning solution and scrubbing the bricks with a long-handled scrub brush. Rinse the structure's surface with a strong stream of water afterwards.
Replace Missing Bricks
Inspect the chimney's exterior to determine how many replacement bricks are needed. Prepare mortar mix in a bucket. Read the instructions on the back of the dry mix to determine how much water needs to be added to it. Stir the contents in the bucket until they are as creamy as peanut butter. Apply an even layer of mortar mix to the flat side of a putty knife. Smear the mix across the sides of one of the bricks that will be installed in the chimney.
Line up the brick and insert it in the chimney. Hold the brick in place until it is secure. This may take a couple minutes. Apply mortar mix to the remaining bricks and install them in the same manner. Use a damp sponge to remove any mortar mix that accidentally gets on the chimney's exterior. The mortar mix may take a day or two to dry. Once this occurs, show your house to interested individuals and be sure to inform them about the fireplace and chimney with pride.
For additional info, contact a local chimney repair service.