Leaning Chimney | Common Foundation Problem | Matthews Wall Anchor

Leaning Chimney


A leaning or tilting chimney can be caused by a settling foundation. The soil around your home can move and constantly change, which can make your foundation weak and unstable. As different conditions outside change from season to season, soil can become weak and saturated with water. This constant changing of the soil can make it weak over time, thus making your foundation compromised. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services is your solution for chimney repair problems in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. We have the foundation repair experts on staff to evaluate your leaning chimney and find the right solution for your home and budget.

leaning chimney - a common sign of foundation problems.

Once a foundation starts to shift, your chimney may start leaning or tilting inward or outward away from your home. Even if your chimney is not leaning a lot, you need to look for cracks or gaps between the chimney and your siding. These gaps will allow water and insects in, causing further damage to your home. You should also keep an eye out for crumbling mortar.

Common causes of leaning chimneys include:

  • Improper water drainage
  • Settling foundation
  • Poor foundation construction
  • Expanding and contracting of the soil

Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services has the solution to your leaning chimney needs. The repair that is most used today for leaning chimney is helical piers. These piers are driven under the leaning chimney until it reaches a good soil base. Brackets are placed on the helical piers under the chimney footing. Then a hydraulic jack slowly lifts the chimney up to its proper position.


In many cases, a chimney is the heaviest part of your home. When your home is in need of foundation repair, a tilting chimney could be one of the first signs you’ll see. If the problem isn’t fixed right away, the issues can worsen and the weight of the chimney could damage more of your home and continue to place tremendous pressure on your home’s foundation. If your chimney is tilting, leaning, or becoming detached from your home, contact Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services for assistance right away. We can assist with all your leaning chimney repair needs.

Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services has many foundation repair products and services that will help strengthen your foundation and straighten your tilting chimney. We have a variety of foundation piers and wall anchors that will allow us to level the foundation below your home. Proper waterproofing methods will also help direct water away from your foundation, making the soil around it more stable. If you are in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, or Akron area contact us today for your chimney repair needs!


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