Although chimneys are often neglected in the warmer months, homeowners should make an effort to be constantly aware of the state of their chimneys. Leaning or tilting chimneys are a serious problem that can be indicative of further foundation problems. If a tilting chimney is left alone for too long, bricks can begin to tumble out and subject the roof to considerable damage. Leaning chimneys are also apt to pull away from the siding, creating voids. These voids serve as easy access points into the home for bugs, small animals, and water. And if the chimney liner is fractured, a dangerous combustible gas could seep into your hope, posing a serious threat to anyone inside.
Because masonry chimneys are exceptionally heavy, they require a very sturdy base. Without one, they are inclined to lean. There are several foundation-related problems that can cause this to occur, including:
Regardless of the source of your tilting chimney, having the chimney inspected and corrected immediately is essential. First you must determine if the chimney is in fact leaning as a result of foundation failure. This can be difficult to assess, but here are a few telltale indicators:
Tilting chimneys come with a host of problems extending beyond aesthetics. If neglected, they can become a serious health risk to your family, friends, and neighbors. Leaning chimneys are rarely a standard age-related complication, but rather a defect related to deep foundation problems. Because the chimney is often one of the heaviest parts of your home, it can serve as a preliminary symptom of a serious foundation issue. Not only this, but it can also diminish the value of your home substantially. If your chimney is leaning, it is time to call Ground Up Builders to finish the job.
If your chimney is tilting, contact a professional repair expert right away. What was once a tilting chimney can quickly turn into a host of expensive problems including damaged roofs, diminished air quality throughout the home, wall cracks, uneven floors, and water damage. If the chimney collapses, everyone in your family is at great risk.
Our team of repair experts offers a variety of solutions to remedy leaning chimneys. ECP Helical piers can be used to lift your slab foundations, porches, and other light weight structures. Other options include steel piers and plate anchors; contact us today to determine which solution is best for your foundation.
Here at Ground Up Builders, we are proud to offer free estimates and prompt service to fix your problem at the source! Don't wait until your leaning chimney inflicts serious damage.