It’s not something you pay a lot of attention to until you have to. You try and convince yourself it’s not really happening or that your eyes are playing tricks on you.
But a chimney that is tilting or sinking into the foundation is a problem you need to address sooner than later. Since the chimney is exposed, you run the risk of falling bricks which could cause significant damage to your home or loved ones.
The other concern is internal damage you can’t see, things like cracked chimney liners or gas escaping into your home are a serious concern when your chimney is sinking.
The good news is we can help!
With our foundation repair methods, we can move your chimney into original position and make sure this doesn’t ever happen again. This saves you the potential expense of having to tear down your chimney and have it rebuilt.
If you aren’t sure what to look for, you can always call us for a free, no-obligation consultation, but you can do a bit of investigating before your call by looking at the joint between the house siding and an exterior chimney.
If you see a gap, your chimney is sinking or starting to lean. If your chimney is inside your home, look in the attic. Make sure the chimney is centered where the frame opening is. If you notice the chimney itself is pressing against either side of the frame, there is a problem and you should call us right away.
A number of things can cause a footing to fail and cause your chimney to sink or tilt. They include:
- Bad soil. Soil that is loose will not take the weight of the chimney.
- Deteriorated footing. Concrete may crack due to water penetration and freeze then thaw, then freeze again, causing many issues.
How we repair chimney sinking, foundation or leaning problems
Chimney foundation repairs are easier and cheaper when you get them repaired right away. If a leaning or sinking chimney is relatively un-damaged, and we can see that the movement will continue due to your chimney foundation continuing to settle, we can use helical piers, pins and other foundation repair methods to stop the sinking or leaning and provide a permanent solution to your problem.
Chimneys are at risk of elemental damage due to heavy rains in the summer leading to blistering hot summer afternoons and windy rains throughout spring. We’ve worked on chimneys in our area since
2001, and we’ve seen minor problems go badly very quickly. Please don’t hesitate to call for advice or help if you feel like you’re in over your head. Call us now at 662-538-9246 or contact us through our website by clicking here.