leaning chimney

texas, United States   

My chimney seems to be pulling away from the house or the house from it on one side.

There is a gap between the chimney and the house of about 8 to 10 inches. Is there any way to bring the two back together?

I don’t know how this happened unless the house shifted and is pulling away from the chimney and then it seems leveling the house would be the answer. However I have also noticed some cracks in the brick of the inside hearth.

I would appreciate any advise you could give me.

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by ChimneyChick | March 27, 2015 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

If your chimney is leaning [masonry] then you need to check out the footings to ensure they have not shifted and were installed to current local building code.
If a chimney is leaning then it as not initially installed correctly with brick ties to tie it into the house.
If stainless steel then you still need to install wall supports every 6-8 feet, depending on the manufacturer of the system.
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