If you have noticed that your chimney appears to be leaning or pulling away from your house, contact us for a free evaluation. Symptoms or signs of settlement of the chimney often consist of separation between the back of the chimney and the exterior face of the house, separation of the roof flashing (where the chimney meets the roof), cracks within adjacent sections of the foundation and/or brick veneer, and/or separation and cracks within the fireplace.
Unfortunately, this issue is much more common and prevalent that many realize, especially throughout NC and SC. This is not a situation that anyone wishes to experience. However, if the correct steps are followed and if the proper repairs are performed, then the issue can generally be resolved quickly and permanently. This can be accomplished with little to no disturbance to the property, for an expense that is less than initially anticipated, and without decreasing the value of the property.
With well over 100 combined years of experience, Carolina Foundation Solutions can provide the best solutions available to resolve the issue of a leaning chimney. We work with many reputable licensed engineers throughout the Carolinas to help determine the precise problems and the proper solution.
The cause for chimneys to lean or pull away from a house is generally due to movement within the soils that the chimney rests upon. The movement within these soils can be a result of various factors such as periods of drought conditions, periods of heavy rainfall, consolidation of backfilled soils that had been poorly compacted, decomposition or decay of materials within the soils, drainage issues, a lingering plumbing leak, erosion, and/or simply the presence of poor native soils. Although the cause for the movement within the soils (and consequently the chimney) can vary, the most common and most effective solution consists of installing underpinning helical piers.