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Understanding the Risks and Solutions for Leaning Chimneys

Introduction

Leaning chimneys are not just a "quirky" architectural feature; they can pose serious safety hazards to homes, properties, and passersby. We've encountered a variety of leaning chimneys during our projects, ranging from minor tilts to significant leans, of 3 to 7 feet above rooflines. Read more about the safety risks associated with leaning chimneys, common causes of their instability, and why it's crucial to prioritize their repair or stabilization.


 

Chimney leaning and twisting over the home
Chimney leaning over children's play room

Safety Hazards, Causes of Leaning Chimneys

Leaning chimneys may leave you feeling uneasy, and you're probably right to. They can present significant dangers. Whether due to deteriorating mortar joints or improper construction, these structures have the potential to collapse, causing extensive property damage and posing risks to individuals living in the home, or nearby. Chimney leaning can stem from various factors, including improper build, aging mortar, and weather effects over time. Identifying the root cause is essential for effective repair and prevention of future leaning issues.


 
A chimney leaning over a parking space
Slight lean, over parking space

Priority & Responsibility of Addressing Leaning Chimneys

Addressing leaning chimneys should be a top priority for property owners. By proactively addressing these issues, they can avoid costly repairs to not only the chimney but also surrounding structures, such as roofs, walls, and windows. Additionally, prioritizing chimney maintenance helps ensure the safety of family, friends, neighbors, and pedestrians. We assess each chimney individually, addressing the cause of its lean and providing tailored solutions for repair or stabilization.







 

If you suspect your chimney is leaning or unstable, it's crucial to seek professional assistance immediately.


 

Our Approach to Repair and Stabilization

Our masons disassemble leaning chimneys to the point of proper alignment, using quality materials and techniques to rebuild and reinforce structural integrity. From waterproofing to installing galvanized materials, using proper flashing, and installing masonry reinforcement ladder, we prioritize safety and durability in every project.


Unstable chimney leaning over the home
Chimney leaning over the home, deteriorated mortar joints

Conclusion

At Sound Brickworks, we understand the importance of addressing leaning chimneys with a safety-first mindset. Our team is dedicated to providing free quotes and prompt service to address your concerns before they become emergencies. Don't wait until it's too late—let us help you safeguard your property and peace of mind. If you do have an emergency on your hands, we service that too. Reach out for details.









 

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Be well,

Rachel Hessler, Manager @ Sound Brickworks

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