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The Do’s and Don’ts of Waterproofing Your Basement

The Do’s and Don’ts of Waterproofing Your Basement


Having a damp basement on your hands causes a multitude of issues. From mold and mildew to rotted wood and structural damage, ... Read more
3 Simple Methods for Extending the Life of Your Cultured Stone

3 Simple Methods for Extending the Life of Your Cultured Stone


Your chimney is an essential part of the structure of your home. Houses are customarily built around the soundness of the chimney. ... Read more
Top 3 Reasons why Your Fireplace is Smoking up Your Home

Top 3 Reasons Why Your Fireplace is Smoking up Your Home


As colder weather approaches, your fireplace will be used more often than ever. To prevent excess smoke in your home from your ... Read more
How to Take Care of Your Chimney

How to Take Care of Your Chimney


As fall approaches, you may be excited to don sweaters, scarves and boots again as you enjoy the crisp cool air and ... Read more
How Using the Wrong Waterproofing Material can Damage Your Chimney

How Using the Wrong Waterproofing Materials can Damage Your Chimney


Your chimney protects your home. It requires yearly upkeep, so you can protect it, too, by preventing serious water damage. However, with ... Read more
The Secret to Eliminating the Cold Draft through Your Fireplace

The Secret to Eliminating the Cold Draft through Your Fireplace


During the winter months, sitting next to a warm, crackling fireplace is often the highlight of a busy day. Many homeowners prize ... Read more
How to Maintain Your Brick Home

How to Maintain Your Brick Home


Brick homes are gorgeous, classic and most importantly, built to last for decades. However, this does not mean they are free from ... Read more
Is Your Basement Staying Dry?

Is Your Basement Staying Dry?


If you have a basement in your house, then you know the convenience that comes with having all of that extra square ... Read more
You Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Your Chimney – Let Us

You Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Your Chimney – Let Us


Did you know that every year in the U.S. there are over 25,000 chimney fires that add up to over $125 million ... Read more

What is Efflorescence?


Have you ever paid attention to older chimneys? If so, you might have noticed that many of them have large white stains ... Read more
Have Leaks the Roofer Couldn’t Fix? We know the problem.

Have Leaks the Roofer Couldn’t Fix? We Know the Problem


As a homeowner, you should know that water damage and leaks are the worst problems you can experience. In many cases, by ... Read more
4 Reasons Behind the Drafts in Your Home

4 Reasons Behind the Drafts in Your Home


As the weather starts to get colder, it is crucial to eliminate cold air from coming into the house. Drafts can not ... Read more
Chimney Debris

How to Prevent Debris Around Your Chimney


When it comes to chimney maintenance and care, most homeowners are not as proactive as they should be. It doesn’t get used ... Read more
Retaining wall

4 Reasons Why Your Retaining Wall is Cracked or Leaning


A retaining wall is one of the most functional and aesthetically pleasing elements when it comes to landscaping. However, because it is ... Read more
Chimney

How to Maintain Your Chimney


During the colder months of the year, nothing compares to warming yourself by a roaring fire. However, as we come out of ... Read more
Basement Dampness

6 Causes Behind Basement Dampness Near Your Chimney


As a homeowner, one of the worst things you can discover is water damage. In most cases, the problem is already pretty ... Read more
Chimney Flashing

Chimney Flashing and Why it’s Important


Chimney flashing upkeep is essential, as it affects your chimney’s performance. If one part of your chimney breaks or is missing, your ... Read more
roof leaking

How to Know if Your Roof is Leaking


A leaking roof starts out as an annoyance but can become a big problem quickly. Not only will your roof become damaged, ... Read more
masonry steps problems

Common Problems with Masonry Steps


Masonry steps provide a beautiful approach to your home. There’s nothing like pulling into your drive, walking up to your beautiful stone ... Read more
chimney problems

5 Chimney Problems We See The Most


.A fireplace has a positive effect on a home — the fire will warm you and your family in a way that ... Read more

Ray Arnold Masonry’s Response to COVID-19


The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to wreak havoc throughout the nation and the world. As a result, many of us have ... Read more
leaking basement

How To Prevent Leaking Basement This Spring


Spring has officially sprung. Temperatures are rising, we’re starting to see more sun. With that, any remaining snow and ice are melting ... Read more
fireplace

Get the Fireplace of Your Dreams Without a Nightmare Bill


As you can imagine, we spend a lot of time looking at people’s chimneys and fireplaces. Can you guess the most common ... Read more
Masonry Steps

Are You Taking Care Of Your Masonry Steps?


Though brick and mortar steps are built to last, sometimes they need maintenance to ensure their longevity. After all, they have a ... Read more
Protect Your Masonry From Winter Weather

Protect Your Masonry From Winter Weather


Masonry walls, steps, and chimneys seem permanent and impervious. After all, it’s strong and can take a lot of abuse — pretty ... Read more
Basement Moisture

Does Moisture Mean I Need Basement Waterproofing?


As you might imagine, we’ve seen basements in every stage of flooding — from a tiny leak to an unpleasantly surprising indoor ... Read more
basement leaking new

Why the Heck Is My Basement Leaking?


If you’ve struggled with a leaking basement, then you know how frustrating it can be. What you might not know is what ... Read more
kitchen with cabinets

Do You Love Your Kitchen?


I ask most people I meet if they like their kitchen. The kitchen is, after all, where you’ll spend time cooking your ... Read more
basement waterproofing

Basement Waterproofing… In Winter?


Old man winter likes to play tricks on us — hitting us with freezing temperatures and tons of snow one week, and ... Read more
fireplace with stone veener

Does Your Fireplace Need a New Look? Then Consider Stone Veneer!


We’ve shared some important information about making sure that your fireplace and chimney are safe and ready to keep you warm this ... Read more
basement leaking

How to Know if Your Basement Leaks?


You’d think it would be easy to determine if you’ve got a leak in your basement. Sometimes it is — when you ... Read more
gutters in winter

Are Your Gutters Ready for Winter?


As the seasons change from autumn to winter, spring thaw may be the farthest thing from your mind. It pays to be ... Read more
Home in your holiday shopping list

Is Your Home on Your Holiday Shopping List?


As the holidays approach, you’ve probably already put some thought into gifts for your loved ones. Children, spouses, parents, friends, and family ... Read more
chimney in winter

Is Your Chimney Ready for Winter?


We recently reminded everyone to inspect the firebox in their fireplace and take care of any needed repairs before starting a fire ... Read more
You’re Ready for a Toasty Fire. Is Your Fireplace?

You’re Ready for a Toasty Fire. Is Your Fireplace?


As winter weather approaches, we know a lot of people are eager to put their fireplace to good use. There’s nothing like ... Read more

Keeping Your Basement Dry: Indoor and Outdoor Waterproofing Solutions


You already know that you want to keep your basement dry — leaks and moisture can lead to cosmetic and structural damage, ... Read more
Protecting Your Chimney and Fireplace With a Chimney Cap

Protecting Your Chimney and Fireplace With a Chimney Cap


When snow blankets the ground on a cold winter evening and the wind howls outside your windows, there’s nothing quite like warming ... Read more
How to Improve the Longevity of Your Masonry Steps

How to Improve the Longevity of Your Masonry Steps


The weather takes its toll on everything, including the steps leading up to your house. Cycles of rain followed by sun and ... Read more

What Kind of Masonry Problems Do You Have?


At Ray Arnold Masonry & General Contracting, we’ve seen all kinds of masonry problems in need of repair. Some have been small ... Read more

Foundation Wall Repair


Basement wall repair can be a daunting task, but when done properly, the work will last for years.
Masonry Service

General Contracting and Masonry Service


For the last 50 years, Ray Arnold Masonry has provided excellent service to customers like you by using not only our own ... Read more