What is Your Chimney Saying?

January 14, 2021 Tracy Hungate

It’s winter which means it’s finally time to use that fireplace that’s been collecting dust all year. So let’s talk about that chimney…

Your chimney can sometimes feel like an accessory to the outside of your home. However, the chimney is very much a part of the structure of the home and problems with the chimney can indicate larger foundation issues at play.

Leaning or separating chimneys pose the biggest concern. If you can see the chimney lean away from your home should contact a foundation repair contractor right away. Besides brick or other siding falling off the chimney, it could also mean pests or water could make it ways in between the gap. Most concerning, it could mean combustible gasses are leaking in through cracks through the lining.

Often times, the soil around your home can cause the chimney and foundation issues, namely settlement. Sometimes chimneys are built on a foundation that is not connected to the rest of the home, making it even more at risk of settlement.

Solutions to keeping your chimney upright and aligned with your home can include piers, braces, and hydraulic jacks. These products should only be installed by a trained contractor.

Working with a contractor who specializes in foundation repair will ensure you are getting a thorough inspection of your home and the best solution. The specialists at Baird Foundation Repair have experience putting chimneys back into good condition. Reach out today to schedule your free home inspection. We service most of South Texas including San Antonio, Seguin, Beeville, and Corpus Christi.

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