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Question DetailsAsked on 9/7/2011

IF you have a brick chimney on the outside of you're house, it is separating and leaning away from the house. What can do you do about it?

IF you have a brick chimney on the outside of you're house but the fireplace is inside you're house and the chimney is separating from the house and is leaning maybe two or three inches away from the house. What can you do about this and what is causing it? Also is it safe when they're are a neighbors house 4 or 5 ft. away from you're house's chimney? Do you have any idea's on this particular problem? I'm Desperate.

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I've seen this before and unfortunately any route you take may be a little costly. If it's only a few inches away a General contractor or Chimney Sweep Service company may be able to anchor it [chimney] to the house. The other options are to take it down and rebuild or run a metal chimney through the house. Metal chimneys are usually less than a brick or masonry chimney.

Answered 9 years ago by Stans HVAC


If a masonry chimney has moved several inches away from the house then the problem is in the foundation of the chimney. Reinforcing the foundation is the only proper way to solve this problem, and may be done by tearing the chimney down, improving the foundation, and building a new chimney OR hiring a company that specializes in foundation repairs.There are companies that can stabilize the foundation by digging under it, jacking the chimney back in place, and then reinfocring the existing foundation.

Answered 9 years ago by Jim Brewer

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