We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a leaning chimney is serious. It almost certainly means there’s a problem either with the foundation under the chimney or the foundation under your house. Most chimneys are built with their very own foundation underneath. Therefore, you don’t want to ignore a leaning chimney.
But, there’s some good news. Leaning chimneys can almost always be repaired. However, you’ll want to act fast before the problem gets worse and costs you more money to fix.
In this article, we’re going to talk about why chimneys lean, repair options for a leaning chimney, other types of chimney problems, and more.
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What Does A Leaning Chimney Look Like?
At first, a chimney may not look like it’s leaning. In fact, many homeowners don’t realize their chimney is leaning until it’s obvious to everyone. This is why annual chimney inspections are essential. Problems caught early are easier and less expensive to fix.
However, that doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait passively for your yearly chimney inspection…
Homeowners should be on the lookout for small gaps between the side of the house and the chimney and damage to adjacent materials such as siding, shingles, gutters, etc. You’ll almost see problems with these areas once the chimney starts to lean. You may notice gaps opening up, chimney leaks, smoke staying indoors, and in some cases stair step cracks. If you see anything suspicious, contact a foundation repair contractor right away for an inspection.