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Strongsville, Are You Using Your Chimney This Winter?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 by Mary Lowe


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. Believe it or not, it is common in Strongsville, OH

Leaning or separating chimneys pose the biggest concern. The most common causes of leaning chimneys are improper water drainage, settling foundation, poor foundation construction, and/or expanding and contracting of the soil. A homeowner who can see the chimney lean away from the structure of the 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. 

Oftentimes, the soil around your home can cause 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. Reach out to schedule your free estimate today. 

 

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