What Should I Do About a Leaning Chimney?

Answered by Brendan ~ April 8, 2010 ~ Comments

The tall brick chimney on our North Carolina cabin is beginning to lean away from the house. Right now there is only about a foot of space there, but I know it will grow. What can I do about this?

Joe H. ~ Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Brendan Fowler

If there is already a foot of space between your house and chimney, you have a very serious problem. Leaning brick chimneys can be very dangerous. I would not recommend trying to fix the problem yourself. I would call a mason or a chimney specialist to come out and evaluate your situation. With that kind of separation it could fall over any time. A chimney collapse can be devastating. Be very careful!

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