A leaning chimney not only looks bad, but it can also be dangerous to people and property. You need to repair your chimney as soon as you see there’s a problem. If the chimney were to fall, it could damage your home, belongings, or injure people.
Usually, you can repair your chimney, rather than replacing it. A reputable company like Jerry’s Waterproofing can inspect your property and present you with affordable solutions.
Fortunately, leaning chimneys can be repaired without having to tear down and replacing the old chimney. The solutions that Jerry’s Waterproofing uses will not only make your home look better, but will repair the cause of the leaning.
If you drive around your community, you are more than likely going to see a leaning chimney or two. Older homes are more likely to have a leaning chimney, due to the difference in construction standards compared with modern methods. The weather we’ve been experiencing the last few years have taken a toll on our homes, also.
Chimneys can lean toward or away from the home. Either way, it’s not a good situation.
Causes of a Leaning Chimney
There are many reasons why your chimney may begin to lean. Some common causes of a leaning chimney include soft or oversaturated soil, deteriorated chimney footings, water damage, and landscaping interference.
A leaning chimney won’t repair itself and the longer it’s ignored, the more damage it can cause. All those bricks that make up a chimney weigh a lot, so any foundation problems can spread quickly.
You may begin to notice other foundation problems around your house. Wall cracks may appear, floors become uneven, and water begins to leak into your basement or crawlspace. The more problems that happen, the more time and money it will take to make all the repairs. As soon as you notice any foundation problems, you need to call a foundation repair professional.
Leaning Chimney Solutions
Most trustworthy repair companies, like Jerry’s Waterproofing, will inspect your property and provide you with a plan and an estimate. They will determine the cause of the foundation problems, including your leaning chimney, and will come up with the best solution to not only repair the problems but prevent them from happening again.
There are different solutions, depending on the cause. Some repairs may involve crack repair, helical and steel piers, or plate anchors. No matter the solution, Jerry’s Waterproofing will use the best products and tools while keeping the costs affordable.
If you notice your chimney is leaning, call us before a major repair or replacement is needed. Don’t wait for your leaning chimney to cause major damages to your home or endanger your family or neighbors. Contact us today for your free estimate.