Fixing Your Leaning Chimney Problem in Omaha, Denver, Kansas City and Wichita
Leaning chimneys are a critical concern, going far beyond appearance.
An unstable chimney may lead to bugs and water making it into the gap between the siding, bricks falling, or (if the lining is cracked) combustible gasses leaking into your home. The weight of a chimney also onsets other foundation problems, such as cracks gradually forming in foundation walls. There are many warning signs that may indicate a soon-to-be leaning chimney, including having been built on disconnected footing, separate from your house. Additionally, settling foundation on active soil causes your chimney to lean along with the ground expanding/contracting.
Similar solutions that apply towards the repair of bowing walls also applies to leaning chimney repair, since the problem typically begins with footing and foundation. Piers, braces, and hydraulic jacks are all practical solutions in keeping your chimney upright and aligned with your home. These distinct methods work to add support to your chimney in various ways, from attaching consistent weight or pressure to reaching load-bearing soil. Thrasher offers everything you'll need to keep your chimney, and foundation as a whole, stable.
Our Approach to Leaning Chimney Repair
Rely on our team of foundation repair experts, backed by structural engineers, for long-lasting repairs for your leaning chimney. With more than 45 years of experience, we understand the ins and outs of structural foundation repairs.
We use leading-edge repair solutions, coupled with 45+ years of knowledge and tried-and-true methods, to stabilize and support your chimney for years to come.
By choosing Thrasher, you get a 25-year transferable warranty as well as guarantees on satisfaction, efficiency, and property protection. Your satisfaction matters to us, and we want to make sure you are happy with your leaning chimney repairs.
When you're ready for Thrasher to take a closer look at your leaning chimney, set up an appointment that works with your schedule. And we will deliver a same-day, no-obligation estimate with transparent pricing.
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Give us a call at 1-844-948-3306 or complete this form and we'll contact you shortly to schedule a Free Estimate, and you'll get a no-obligation written quote during our initial visit.
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The Thrasher Difference.
No matter the job - we aren't going to feel good about the hard work we've done until you're happy. So we'll do it right or make it right. That's the Thrasher promise.
For the last 45 years in the basement and foundation repair industry, we've focused on the value of doing whatever it takes to get the job done and "wow" our customers every step of the way.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Your chimney may be pulling away for a variety of reasons. The first, and most prominent of which, is your foundation being built upon unstable soil. Moisture (like rainwater) seeping into the ground causes soil to expand, putting pressure on the foundation above, which ends in the chimney drifting as a result. If your home is built on unattached footing to the chimney, it'll move independently, which gives a higher chance for leaning to occur.
Similar causes for pulling away may also be applicable to leaning in, depending on how the foundation settles and soil expands. However, weak, undersized, or deteriorated footing are more commonly associated with leaning in, as the chimney weight puts pressure on a foundation not suited to support it. This may also be associated with serious structural problems, which requires a contractor or masonry professional to address and a more thorough replacement process.
There's many ways to repair an unstable chimney, but specific methods often include helical piers and hydraulic jacks. Helical piers, often compared to steel screws, are driven into the ground to reach load-bearing soil. This adjusts the foundation from unstable to stable ground. Hydraulic jacks are then used to lift a chimney back into its proper place. Brackets can be added afterwards for an extra layer of support.
If the problem isn't widespread and is simply foundational, it can typically be repaired without the necessity of rebuilding. However, if the chimney moves a significant amount, contractors may suggest a complete rebuilding. This is to prevent gas leakage and potential fire hazards associated with cracks in your foundation.
A leaning chimney, being an important foundation issue for consideration, also carries with it different side-effects. Since the chimney separates and leaves a gap, this allows outside elements to leak through the siding. Most common of these being water and smaller bugs. Settling foundation causes bricks to come loose, leaving them a hazard to potentially fall as people approach. If your lining is cracked, it gives the opportunity for combustible gasses to leak, which is extremely dangerous.
As with most work done by Thrasher, a transferable 25-year warranty is offered with chimney repair. Customer satisfaction is the goal, when it comes to the work we do.