LEANING & TILTING CHIMNEY
Chimney Problems in Little Rock, Arkansas
Chimneys that have started to lean or pull away
from the side of your home are not only an eyesore,
but they are also a danger to you and your family.
If your chimney has started to lean or tilt, it
could mean that there is a problem with the concrete
of the foundation that supports your chimney. This
is an issue that affects other areas of the home as
well as the chimney. Foundation problems that result
in leaning chimneys should be addressed immediately.
If you see the following symptoms in addition to a
leaning chimney, contact Airlift Concrete Experts
right now for
foundation repair in Little Rock,
- Space Between Chimney and Siding
- Chimney Leaning in the Attic
- Chimney or Fireplace Leaks
- Uneven Mortar Joints
Cracks in Chimney
These are all indicators that you have a foundation
problem. Often, foundation problems that are causing
chimneys to lean and tilt have to do with foundation
settlement or an issue with the footings of the
foundation. If the soil under the chimney and the rest
of the foundation starts to shift or sink, the
foundation and the chimney above will also settle.
Poor soil compaction when the home was
constructed may also be a contributing factor in the
leaning of your chimney. When the ground is not
packed down enough before the concrete is laid, it
settles over time. This settlement can lead to
various issues with the above structure, including
leaning chimneys, leakage,
uneven floors, and cracks in the
chimney, walls, and floors.
Leaning Chimney Repair in Little Rock,
To fix leaning chimneys, the foundation issue
that is causing the leaning must first be fixed.
This means that the concrete that holds up the house
and the chimney have to be supported to reverse any
settlement and shifting.
One way to do this is by using underpinning. This is a method that involves installing steel piers under the foundation to support and lift the concrete. The steel piers are inserted into the ground under the foundation and driven deeper until they anchor into soil that is stable and solid. Once anchored, the piers provide the support that the foundation is currently lacking. They can also then be used to lift the foundation back to the original level.Another way to support sinking foundations and stop chimneys from leaning or tilting is to use polyjacking. In this repair process, a polyurethane material is injected beneath the slab to fill in spaces in the soil. By filling in these spaces, polyjacking provides a solid base for the concrete. As the polyjacking is injected, it expands to completely fill in gaps and lift the foundation. This stabilizes the chimney to prevent further damage from occurring.
These are some of the options that we use to lift foundations that have settled and caused your chimney to lean or tilt. If you are interested in learning more about our services in the Little Rock, Arkansas area, contact us today.