Chimney Pulling Away From House

Relevel Your Fireplace & Chimney

A common problem with older homes is the fireplace pulling away from the house. This is a problem that you want to address immediately. If a leaning chimney goes unrepaired it can start to affect the home’s foundation in the immediate area by dragging it down with it.

Common Causes Of Leaning Chimneys

Chimneys pull away from a house for various reasons. Often, the problem is the foundation under the chimney, or the fact that the chimney doesn’t even have a foundation. Today, chimneys have their own foundations. However, a chimney attached to an older home might not have a foundation at all.

Other reasons chimneys start to lean include, but aren’t limited to:

How To Fix Leaning Chimneys

In most cases, you can underpin the chimney with as little as two to four piers. Using push piers or helical piers you can lift and relevel your chimney back to its original position without causing further foundation settlement to your home.

Signs Of A Leaning Chimney

As the chimney starts to lean and pull on the adjacent structure, you will start to notice cracks forming in the masonry or on the interior walls in the surrounding area. By addressing this issue early on, you can hopefully eliminate costly repair work.
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Bay Area Underpinning Can Fix Your Problem

If your home’s chimney is leaning, don’t despair. We’ve been fixing chimneys for years. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to get your chimney back to level. Contact us today to schedule a free chimney evaluation. If we find a problem, we’ll give you a repair estimate.