Tilting, Leaning Chimneys in Greater Denver

A home with a previous chimney problem.

A full masonry chimney can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. If your chimney’s foundation (or the soils underneath that foundation) are unable to support the weight of the chimney, it will begin to tilt.

Is your chimney or smokestack tilting and separating from your home? This could be a sign of a serious foundation problem that needs to be repaired. At Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems, we specialize in providing high-quality foundation repair solutions for all types of foundation problems.

If you have a leaning or tilting chimney, cracks where the chimney foundation meets the home foundation, damage to the roof where flashing meets the chimney, or gaps between the chimney and home walls that have been filled in with mortar, foam, or caulk, we can provide you with a permanent chimney repair solution.

Click below to get a free estimate on chimney repair for your home. We offer all our foundation repair services in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora and nearby areas in Colorado.

Repairing tilting chimney problems

A tilting chimney in Commerce City showing serious foundation damage.

One of the most shocking and dramatic signs of settlement is a chimney separating away from the rest of the home. We will be able to assess the damage and identify the cause and extent of the problem. Because this is often one symptom of a potentially serious foundation issue, we recommend checking the rest of the house for problems as well.

Why do chimneys lean?

  • Chimneys sometimes have a missing or inadequate chimney footing. When a chimney is built, it rests on a concrete slab. A section of the slab will extend out at the bottom to support the chimney and keep it upright, in the same way that our own ‘toes’ help us balance ourselves. When this occurs, your chimney has not been designed with the proper structural support, and it will fail over time.
  • Chimneys experience tilting problems most commonly when the structure has been built on poor supporting soils. Supporting soils are dense soils that can support the structural weight in question. If the soils supporting your chimney are not sufficient to hold its weight, the chimney may begin to sink, causing it to separate from the rest of the home and tilt outward.

Installing helical piers for chimney repair

At Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems, we recommend stabilizing a tilting chimney with a helical pier system. These foundation piers include a helical blade, a ‘spiral’ blade that winds around the helical pier shaft, helical blade that allows the piers to be driven (or “screwed”) deep into the ground to stronger supporting soils.

Once driven into the ground, a bracket is attached to the helical pier and mounted on the footing of your chimney’s foundation. Once installed, the helical pier can even be used to attempt to return your chimney to its original position.

A word of warning

Filling in the void between your house and chimney is not the answer! Many homeowners will have the void filled with masonry, foam, caulk, or some other material. This is a temporary fix only — and it’ll have to be removed when the real repair is done.

It’s also important to note that structural issues with your chimney are often connected to other, potentially much more serious foundation problems. The same problems that caused your chimney to lean and show signs of failure can apply equally to your foundation or structure. We can help you identify and repair any other foundation issues.

We can repair your tilting chimney in Colorado!

At Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems, we specialize in foundation repairs of all kinds, including those related to tilting, leaning chimneys. Our warrantied solution will quickly and permanently solve your foundation issue. Contact us online to get a free quote in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Pueblo, Boulder, Greeley and nearby in Colorado.