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Tilting Chimney

If your chimney’s foundation (or the soils underneath that foundation) are unable to support the weight of the chimney, it will begin to tilt. A helical or push pier system can repair this damage.

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The Problem:

As most houses are built, the chimney’s foundation is added to the home’s foundation (some are poured at the same time). A full masonry chimney can weigh tens of thousands of pounds.

chimney separating

Your chimney or smokestack is leaning and separating from your home.

Telltale Signs:

  • Leaning of the chimney
  • Cracks where the chimney foundation meets the home foundation
  • Damage to the roof where flashing meets the chimney
  • Gaps between the chimney and home walls that have been filled in with mortar, foam, or caulk

How to Fix It:

We repair leaning chimneys with a trusted and proven Helical or Push Pier System. However, structural issues with your chimney are often connected to other potentially serious foundation problems. The same problems that caused your chimney to lean and show signs of failure can apply equally to your foundation.

We fix leaning chimneys! Contact us for a free chimney foundation repair quote today!

We serve Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Myrtle Beach, throughout South Carolina & over the state lines.

Repairing Leaning Chimney Problems

One of the most shocking and dramatic signs of settlement is a chimney separating away from the rest of the home. A professional foundation contractor will be able to assess the damage and identify the cause and extent of the problem. Because this is often one symptom of a potentially serious foundation issue, we recommend checking the rest of the house for problems as well.

A Word Of Warning: filling in the void between your house and chimney is not the answer! Many homeowners will have the void filled with masonry, foam, caulk, or some other material. This is a temporary fix only — and it’ll have to be removed when the real repair is done.

Why Do Chimneys Lean?

Chimneys will sometimes fail when they have a missing or inadequate chimney footing. When this occurs, your chimney has not been designed with the proper structural support, and it must fail over time. However, chimneys experience leaning problems most commonly when the structure has been built on poor supporting soils.

If the soils supporting your chimney are not sufficient to hold its weight, the chimney may begin to sink, causing it to separate from the rest of the home and tilt outward. If this is the case, it’s possible that the soils underneath the rest of your home are also unable to hold the structural weight of your home. A foundation expert should be consulted to see if other issues with your foundation are present.

Installing Helical and Push Piers For Chimney Repair

To repair a leaning chimney, we at Mount Valley Foundation Services recommend stabilizing it with a helical or push pier system. These foundation piers include a helical blade that allows the piers to be driven (or “screwed”) deep into the ground to stronger supporting soils. Once driven into the ground, a bracket is attached to the helical pier and mounted on the footing of your chimney’s foundation. Once installed, the helical pier can even be used to attempt to return your chimney to its original position.

More about Foundation Helical Piers.

Contact Us for Tilting Chimney Problems in Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach & All of South Carolina

At Mount Valley Foundation Services, we specialize in foundation repairs of all kinds — including those related leaning chimneys. Our warranted solution will quickly and permanently solve your foundation issue.

We provide free, written foundation repair estimates to homeowners throughout service area. Each estimate is made in person, on site, and comes with no obligation to yo you.

Our service area includes Augusta, Greenville, all of South Carolina, in areas such as Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Florence, Sumter, Anderson, and over the state lines in North Carolina, and Georgia. Call or e-mail us today to schedule your appointment!

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