Parging 101: All You Need to Know
First things first. Let’s define parging. What is it really?
Parging is the age-old way of protecting, caring for, or the decorating of any wooden or masonry layer with a stucco material. To parge enables the structure to last years. It is able to withstand wear and tear as time passes by. In relation to chimneys, parging allows the smooth execution of oily, greasy debris in the form of soot and other flammable material through the inside walls of a chimney. Parging fireplace smoke shelves and flues call for specific equipment, special gear and skilled professionals.
In a nutshell, to parge a chimney is the procedure of smoothing and sealing chimney structure to help facilitate in making better air circulation. There are several ways to parge your fireplace. It can be done manually by hand, shovel, or spraying. This process makes sure that all cracks, holes, gaps are completely filled in leaving a sleeker smoke chamber surface. Many homeowners can also opt to parge their chimney as it goes through a basement or attic.
Why should you opt for parging?
Parging will accentuate your household’s external aesthetics. Commonly, parging is resorted to for beautification purposes. For example, a wall that has partially encounter some wear and tear may be falling apart and because of exposure to the elements. Some of stains on the wall may also be due to the dirt or fumes that stick to it. Parging will allow it to be restored to its original state which may increase the value of your property as well.
One other reason for parging is that it covers any existing holes or cracks and restores your building and protects it from further serious damage. When the layer of the smoke. When there is debris buildup, it can be flammable and more hazardous.
Parging failure may be detected due to the debris accumulate in the chimney, or smoke escaping the flue. Early detection can be done when the deterioration is obvious. For example, the homeowner has noticed a certain leaning of the chimney or the cracks that indicate some wear and tear of the flues.
Parging is something that is best done when consulting people who specialize in chimney services. Do take some time to research on different chimney services. We are more than happy to answer any additional questions you may have about anything relating to your chimney and fireplace.