The outdoor months are dwindling and your window for leaning chimney repair is shrinking, so what is the best method to repair that leaning chimney?
A leaning chimney isn’t just an eyesore, it’s dangerous problem for you as a homeowner. It can cause problems for your home and the people in it. It can also be a danger to surrounding structures if it should fall. So what can you do about it? The best way to permanently repair a leaning chimney is with helical piers using a method called underpinning.
What is Underpinning?
Underpinning is the process we use to repair and strengthen an existing foundation with helical piers, steel piers, or other underpinning solutions so that the footing is allowed to rest on more supportive soil. This is also referred to as structural repairs. Your chimney has a footing or footings that are part of your foundation. If your chimney is leaning you may need an underpinning solution to shore it and straighten it.
How do piers work for leaning or tilting chimney repair?
Helical piers are similar to a giant screw. They can be installed with hydraulic rotary drive equipment. These piers are driven deep under your chimney until they reach firm, load-bearing soil strata. The helical piers are then secured into place. This provides a long-term solution to a leaning or tilting chimney. By straightening your chimney you can prevent injury, keep out water or bugs, and prevent future problems with your foundation.
Need help with your chimney? Contact us before the end of the season to get your chimney repair off your to-do list!
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