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Chimney Crack Repair in Virginia, Maryland and DC
Identifying and Understanding Issues Related To Leaning Chimney Repair and Chimney Foundation Repair:
- Chimney Brick Cracks
- Chimney Crack Repair
- Chimney Foundation Repair
Do These Chimney Cracks Look Familiar?
Common Signs of a Failing Chimney
Chimney brick cracks are a sign that you have a house settlement problem. Your chimney is the heaviest portion of your home and there’s a lot of weight concentrated in a small space. If your foundation isn’t stable or the soil your foundation sits on is unstable – your chimney will start to lean or bricks will crack. Look for the following signs:
- Leaning or Cracking
- Cracks Where Chimney Foundation Meets Home
- Gaps Between the Brick Chimney
The Causes of Chimney Brick Cracks
House settling happens when the ground under your home becomes weakened and is unable to support the weight of your home and foundation. Too much water, poor drainage, a dry and hot summer or poor soil preparation by the home’s builder can all weaken soil and cause house settling.
Chimney Brick Cracks
If you’re worried about the cost of repairing a cracked or broken chimney, you may start exploring the different ways you might be able to repair the structure on your own. After all, taking on these types of projects on your own means that you can have more control over the budget and work schedule. What’s the problem, then?
Unfortunately, taking on chimney repair without the experience to back you up can be a dangerous endeavor for a number of reasons.
Damaging Your Home
If you’ve never worked on a chimney before, you might not understand the ins and outs of the damage you’re contending with. As such, when you head onto your roof to try and fix the problem on your own, you may end up doing more harm than good.
In your efforts to repair your chimney, you risk breaking off essential features or otherwise rendering your fireplace unusable. In the worst cases, you may even damage your roof by dislodging essential stabilizers. If you’re attempting a DIY solution to save money on repairs, these kinds of accidents can not only be devastating but expensive as well.
Putting Yourself in Harm’s Way
There is always a chance you may find yourself injured after trying to fix a chimney on your own. Not only are the materials you need to repair a chimney heavy, but you need to transport and store them safely while working on your roof. Working on your ladder can put you at risk for a serious fall, as can walking all over your roof.
In short, if you don’t have the experience working in these types of environment, trying to get used to them while taking on a repair project as complicated as your chimney could result in more than just a few bumps and bruises—you could end up seriously injured if you’re not careful.
Running Up Your Budget
Finally, trying to repair your chimney on your own time can actually cost you more than working with a professional. Consider this: To start repairing your chimney on your own, you’re going to need to invest in materials and tools you likely don’t already have in your home. That alone is going to cost you a pretty penny. If you make a mistake during the repair process, though, you will have to pay to replace the materials you’ve damaged. Not only that but should your repair work fail to restore your chimney, you’ll lose even more money reaching out to a professional and requesting their assistance with repairs. After all, contractors who come to work on your home must remove the DIY solution you may have implemented before they can use their own methods to bring your chimney back together.
Should you choose to work with a professional instead of trying to repair a chimney on your own, you not only better control your own budget, but you also get to explore a broader catalog of home repair solutions. For example, if you’re looking to repair both your chimney and your foundation, you can discuss your repair options with the professionals who come out to your property. Depending on your budget, interests, and other applicable conditions, you may be able to install piers beneath your home to prevent the kind of damage you’re contending with from reappearing a few years down the line.
It can be tempting to try and compartmentalize the damage you see done to your home. For example, take the kind of damage that can be done to your chimney. Under the best of circumstances, you’d want to hope that a cracked chimney isn’t a sign of more significant damage somewhere else in your home.
Think of Your Home as A Whole
Unfortunately, thinking of your home as a disconnected collection of parts is a dangerous way to think. Each part of your home works in tandem with the others. As such, certain parts of your home can indicate damage to the others, even if they don’t seem to be connected at first glance. This is the case with your chimney. If you notice your chimney has started to crack, it is likely that your foundation is suffering as well. In most cases, a cracked chimney is a sign that the damage your foundation is currently experiencing has reached the point where it’s going to be especially expensive to repair.
Understanding the Water Damage in and Around Your Home
That said, you can never be certain as to what kind of damage you’re dealing with until you’ve had a chance to look for yourself. As such, if you notice your chimney has started to crack, you’ll want to reach out to the professionals in your area. These parties can walk through your home with you and help determine whether or not you have foundation damage on your hands. Should you have a problem, these parties can help you excavate your foundation and address the problem as appropriately as possible.
If you do want to repair your chimney, at the end of the day, you have the option to confine your repairs to that structure. However, if you want those repairs to last for more than a short while, you’ll want to try and determine whether or not something is amiss with your foundation as well. The longer you leave foundation damage to fester, the more problems it can cause for the rest of your home.
What Do I Do Now?
JES offers several foundation repair solutions, also known as underpinning. Underpinning is the process of stabilizing your home’s foundation by installing support piers underneath the foundation. The piers are installed into a stable layer of soil, offering a permanent solution to house settling and a cracked or leaning chimney.
Are you still unsure if your chimney brick cracks are a sign that your foundation needs help? Request a free, no-obligation inspection, and one of our professional foundation repair consultants will visit your home and take a look. They’ll take the time to conduct a thorough investigation of your home’s chimney brick cracks and foundation – looking for signs that your home may need foundation repair.
If your leaning chimney or foundation needs repair, we’ll work with you to create the best solution for your home. And if your chimney brick cracks are just cosmetic, we’ll tell you. After all, we’re here to help you and provide a solution – not hard sales pitch that you don’t need.
JES specializes in foundation repairs of all kinds — including those related to tilting, leaning chimneys. Our warranted solution will quickly and permanently solve your foundation issue.
Our service area includes Northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, and surrounding areas; all of DC & Southeastern Maryland, including Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Howard, and Prince George’s County; Central Virginia including Richmond, Petersburg, Midlothian, and surrounding areas – throughout Charlottesville, and all of Hampton Roads, including, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg, and Northeastern North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
Chimney Brick Crack Solutions
JES Helical Piers and JES Push Piers are some of the underpinning solutions we offer that can fix your chimney brick cracks and leaning chimney. However, everyone’s foundation repair needs are different. So a one-size-fits-all fix is not always the best option. We believe in designing the best solution for you to ensure that you’re receiving a permanent solution.
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