We can identify and repair issues related to a failing chimney
Is your chimney or smokestack tilting and separating from your home? This could be a sign of a serious foundation problem that needs to be repaired. At Baird Foundation Repair, we specialize in providing high-quality foundation repair solutions for all types of foundation problems.
Whether you have a leaning or tilting chimney, cracks where the chimney foundation meets the home foundation, damage to the roof where flashing meets the chimney, or gaps between the chimney and home walls that have been filled in with mortar, foam, or caulk, we can provide you with a permanent repair solution.
Repairing tilting chimney problems
One of the most shocking and dramatic signs of settlement is a chimney separating away from the rest of the home. Thankfully, we will be able to assess the damage and identify the cause and extent of the problem. Because this is often one symptom of a potentially serious foundation issue, we recommend checking the rest of the house for problems as well.
Why do chimneys lean?
- It could have missing or inadequate footing. When this occurs, your chimney has not been designed with the proper structural support, causing it to fail over time.
- The most common cause: when the structure has been built on poor supporting soils. If the soils supporting your chimney are not sufficient enough to hold its weight, it may begin to sink, causing it to separate from the rest of the home and tilt outward.
Installing helical piers for chimney repair
At Baird Foundation Repair, we recommend stabilizing a tilting chimney with a helical pier system. These foundation piers have a helical blade that allows the piers to be driven (or “screwed”) deep into the ground to reach stronger supporting soils.
After being driven into the ground, a bracket is attached to the helical pier and mounted on the footing of your chimney’s foundation. Once installed, the helical pier can even be used to attempt to return your chimney to its original position.
A word of caution
Filling in the void between your house and chimney is not the solution to your problem! Many homeowners will have the void filled with masonry, foam, caulk, or some other material. This is only a temporary fix — and it’ll have to be removed once the real repair is done.
It’s also important to note that structural issues with your chimney are often connected to other, potentially much more serious foundation problems. The same problems that caused your chimney to lean and show signs of failure can apply equally to your foundation or structure. We can help you identify and repair any other foundation issues.
We can repair your tilting chimney!
At Baird Foundation Repair, we specialize in foundation repairs of all kinds, including those related to tilting, leaning chimneys. Our warrantied solution will quickly and permanently solve your foundation issue.
We provide free, written foundation repair estimates to homeowners throughout our service area. Each estimate is made in person, on-site, and comes with no obligation to you. Our service area includes San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston, Austin, and surrounding areas. Call or email us today to schedule your appointment!