Is your chimney leaning to one side or separating from your home? Unfortunately, this may be a serious sign of foundation settlement. Chimneys weigh a ton, and if the chimney's foundation or the soil underneath the foundation is weak, it is unable to support the weight of the chimney. Therefore, the chimney will start to lean and eventually crack. A cracked chimney could be hazardous because falling bricks could land on your head or crash on your roof. The gap between the chimney and the house allows insects and other critters to easily enter your home. At Residential ResQ, we can inspect your leaning chimney and provide the best foundation repair solution to fix your chimney problems in Connecticut.
What Causes Chimneys to Lean?
There are many reasons why chimneys start to lean, but the most common include:
- Missing or a poorly designed chimney footings
- Poor soil caused by loose soil, inadequate drainage, soil erosion, compacted soil, contracting soil or soil expansion
- Deteriorating footing
- Shallow footing
- Plumbing issues or broken pipes
Leaning Chimney Repair Solutions
When it comes to chimney repair, it is not a DIY job. So don't try to fill the voids with caulk or foam between the chimney and the house. This is only a band-aid for the problem and does not fix the underlying cause.
At Residential ResQ, we use helical piers to stabilize and support leaning chimneys back to their original position. Helical piers are screwed deep into the soil, below the active soil. Brackets are then attached to the piers and mounted on the footing of the chimney. Once in place, hydraulic jacks slowly raise the chimney back to normal.
We also offer basement waterproofing to fix drainage problems around your home. Some options include sump pump installation, surface drainage systems, and interior waterproofing. All systems are designed to divert water away from your home and keep your foundation dry.
If you need chimney repair, contact our foundation repair specialists. We proudly serve Connecticut and the surrounding area.