Repairing A Leaning Chimney
A leaning chimney is more than unsightly, it can be hazardous and should be repaired quickly. Falling bricks could injure a person or damage property. If the chimney is leaning, it can allow water and pests to invade your home and if the interior liner is cracked, dangerous gases could enter, causing health risks for your family. A leaning chimney may also be a sign of bigger foundation problems and should be fixed by an expert.
Aside from being a potential hazard, a leaning chimney can lower your home value and, when combined with other signs, may be an indication that your foundation has been damaged. These signs include uneven floors, sticking windows and bowed or leaning walls. A compromised foundation should be repaired as soon any damage is found. The professionals at Grout Tech can inspect your home and give you an estimate, making sure your home is safe and secure.
The Chimney-Foundation Connection
The chimney is connected to your foundation, so a problem with your chimney is probably impacting the rest of your home. The chimney is built on a concrete pad or footing. This pad may or may not have been poured at the same time as the foundation, but it will still be affected by the same issues, regardless. Some causes of a leaning chimney are an undersized or shallow footing, poor soil, or a damaged or missing pad. Some problems that can cause issues for your foundation, along with your chimney, are soil erosion, sinkholes, poor construction techniques or organic causes such as trees or roots.
Grout Tech has the expertise and quality products to fix your leaning chimney. We utilize the best tool for the situation, such as helical piers or steel piers to create a solid foundation for your chimney. Helical piers resemble giant screws and are driven into the ground, past the compromised soil, into a more solid foundation. The chimney is righted and then fastened to the piers, making the chimney as solid as ever, if not more. Steel piers work under a similar idea but are rods that are pushed into the more secure soil. The experts at Grout Tech will work with you to make sure you have the best solution for your particular need of chimney repair.