Leaning Chimney? It’s a Foundation Repair Issue

Winter’s here, and we’re starting to use our fireplaces, which brings our attention to our chimneys. So it’s not surprising that we’re getting calls about chimneys; leaning chimneys, and chimneys separating from the house.

Chimneys frequently separate from the house.

See the signs of a chimney separating from a house in Apex, North Carolina

Chimneys are not attached to the house as part of the structure.  The sheer weight of the chimney puts more force or pounds per square foot of load on its footing than on the walls surrounding your house.

So how does leaning happen? When soils outside become dry and shrink, the chimney will lean towards the lesser pressure and away from the house.

What can you do about it? Call us. Let us come out and see what’s happening. Our estimates are free.

We’re Brackett Foundation Repair in Durham, North Carolina. We do foundation repair throughout North Carolina and we supply foundation repair contractors nationwide with galvanized helical piles and brackets to get the job done right. Call us at 888-968-5912. Ask any questions you have and we’ll give you the answers you need.


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