A leaning or tilted chimney tends to be a more noticeable foundation failure sign. It is also a very dangerous problem. When your chimney tilts, it can either fall in on your home or be a danger to you as bricks can come loose and fall. It is also a big, red flag that you have foundation problems.
If you notice your chimney tilting it is wise to inspect the rest of your home and foundation. Look for cracks in your walls, ceilings, and foundation. Watch for water leaks. Check for stairs or porches that are pulling away from the foundation. Keep an eye on your basement walls for bowing. All of these things are signs of a larger problem: foundation failure. If you notice your chimney leaning you need expert help. For your safety and the safety of your neighbors, get your leaning chimney checked out right away.
There are quite a few reasons that your chimney can begin to lean, tilt, or separate from your home. Most of them have to do with problems in the ground around your chimney. Here is a list of the most common problems that cause a leaning chimney and other chimney problems:
Your chimney needs added support to stabilize and straighten the structure. This can be done with an installation of helical piers. Our network of foundation specialists use helical piers from Earth Contact Products.
Helical piers almost look like a giant screw. It can be installed with little interruption to your yard and home. They will be able to support the load of your chimney. The job can be done in any type of weather and is usually completed in a short time.
So if you notice your chimney leaning, tilting, cracking, or separating from your home, don’t ignore it. It might also help uncover other foundation problems you might be experiencing and save you money in the long run. Use My Foundation Repairs to find an expert in your area for foundation repairs. You can get a free inspection and estimate, too!