Poor chimneys—neglected until Christmas or at least the colder months. Even then, the fireplace mantles and hearths get all the glory over exterior chimney brick and mortar. But maybe you or your tenants are the go-getters already putting up Christmas lights, and one of you discover, just in time, that the chimney is pulling away from the house. This might be bad news for Santa. But there’s good news for you as a property manager—a leaning chimney can be fixed!
A leaning chimney, or chimney out of plumb, reveals that there is more going on near the foundation of the building than at the top. There’s a tendency to look up. I mean, who wouldn’t? A leaning chimney can be dangerous and needs immediate attention! But there’s more good news—leaning chimneys have become a common, routine repair for reputable foundation repair companies who know how to fix a chimney pulling away from the house. So, let’s look further into the foundation of a chimney and how it affects the exterior chimney brick and sometimes the interior walls near the fireplace, so you as a property manager will know what to look for and what to do in these situations.