Foundation Problems: Leaning and Tilting Chimneys
One of the signs of foundation problems is a leaning or tilting chimney. If the chimney is leaning or tilting away from the home, the problem is likely a foundation problem. This is caused due to several reasons including:
- Fill material that is not compacted
- Shallow footings
- Unsuitable soil that can't handle the load of the structure
- Poor drainage or water management
So if you have a leaning chimney, it is important to have an experienced foundation repair expert come and inspect your entire home's exterior and look for some of the other signs of foundation failure such as cracks
in the brickwork and gaps
between doors and windows. Atlas Master Companies has the professionals that will come and give you a free inspection and offer you the foundation repair solutions you need.
After inspecting the exterior of your home, we will take a look at the interior and see if there are any signs there that may indicate a foundation problem. Some of these signs are:
When it comes to your leaning chimney, you may see a gap between the home's siding and the exterior chimney. This is a sign that your chimney has started to lean and is in need of repair. Trying to caulk the gap will only mask the problem and the leaning and tilting chimney will only get worse and cause more damage.
Leaning and Tilting Chimney Repair Virginia
Atlas Master Companies uses helical piers to stabilize and straighten and stabilize a leaning chimney. These helical piers look like giant screws and are installed using hydraulic equipment. These helical piers are driven deep into the soil under the chimney until they reach load-bearing soil. The brackets are placed on the piers and placed under the chimney footings. Once in place, hydraulic jacks are used to slowly lift the chimney back to its original position. Next, the bracket is secured to the pier and the jacks removed. This repair method is much more cost-effective than tearing out your chimney and replacing it.
After the chimney repair, we will inspect your entire structure and see if there are other foundation problems.
If we find that you are in need of further foundation repair, we will use steel push piers to lift and stabilize your foundation. These piers are also driven deep into the soil through unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Then the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers to live and stabilize the structure. These steel push piers will keep the foundation stable for many years to come.
The products that Atlas Master Companies uses are the best in the industry. They are manufactured by Earth Contact Products
(ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of foundation repair products and basement waterproofing products in the industry. With over two decades in the foundation repair business and using the best products in the industry, you can be assured that Atlas Master Companies will get your foundation repair done and it will be done to last a lifetime.
We are a family owned and operated business, established in 1993. We take pride in the outstanding reputation we have established in Virginia and we intend to keep it that way. Don't let a leaning chimney be ignored. The sooner the repair is done, the least amount of damage that will occur. Contact the professionals at Atlas Master Companies today and let us give you a free inspection and offer the best solution for your foundation repair. We are your number one contractor for chimney repair in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.