Experienced Leaning Chimney and Structural Repair Specialists
If you are worried that your home may have structural damage, one of the first warning signs to look out for is a leaning chimney. Not only is this unappealing for your home’s appearance, but it can indicate deeper issues within the structure of your home. There are two main types of leaning chimneys:
- A chimney leaning away from the home
- A chimney leaning over the home / roof
If your chimney is leaning in either of these ways, it’s time to reach out to a professional at United Waterproofing. Our skilled and knowledgeable crew of foundation specialists can provide our expert guidance on the next steps to take. To get started, give us a call today at 203-501-5053 or fill out our contact form.
Signs of a Leaning Chimney
The main way to tell whether or not your chimney has begun to lean is to look at the area where the chimney and the house exterior meet. If you see a gap in between the joint of the house and the chimney you can be pretty sure that your chimney is beginning to lean. Additionally, if your chimney runs through your home you can go to your attic to see if it is lined up with it’s framed opening. If it isn’t then it is likely leaning.
Causes of a Leaning Chimney
There a few reasons that your chimney may be leaning. A few of those reasons are:
Undersized Footing: If the footing beneath your chimney is not large enough, this can cause the chimney to be undermined
Poor Soil: Loose soil or soil that expands or contracts when exposed to water are unable to hold up the weight of a chimney and for that reason will begin to erode the stability of the chimney.
Deteriorating or Missing Footing: If the concrete footing beneath the chimney has begun to crack or is improperly installed, this can also lead to chimney leaning. Additionally, if no footing has been placed at all then it is important to look into stabilizing the chimney to build a foundation.
Repairing a Leaning Chimney
If you have come to the conclusion that your chimney is leaning it is important to make sure you get it repaired as it can compromise the foundation of your entire home and lead to bigger issues down the line. Most often stabilizing chimneys is done by using helical pliers to straighten the chimney and then use a hydraulic jack to carefully place the chimney back in place.
Contact Our Chimney Repair Specialists Today
If you think your chimney may be leaning and you are concerned with the stability of your home, reach out to United Waterproofing today! It is important that if you believe there could be a problem with the structure of your home that you act fast to not cause any further problems to your home. The team at United Waterproofing is highly experienced and dedicated to making this experience an easy one and one without stress. Give us a call today.