With 63.54 percent of the country is in some sort of drought (per The Weather Channel), it’s easy to see the obvious side effects: dead lawns, suffering crops, increasing bans on fire and water usage.


But some results are a little harder to see – like how drought affects your chimney.

It sounds strange, but it’s true: Dry conditions can have as much (if not more) negative impact on your chimney as on your lawn.

Why? As dry dirt starts to pull away from the foundation of your chimney, it starts to lean – which can lead to some costly repairs. If your chimney leans three inches or more from its usual position, you’ll need to call in a professional to have it put back in place. Worst case scenario: If your chimney is starting to crack, bow out or show structural failure, it may need to be completely reconstructed.

So how can you prevent such damage? It’s not as if you can “water” your chimney, can you?

Actually, that’s exactly what you should do.

To prevent chimney leaning or further destruction, you should thoroughly water the foundation every few days during a drought to keep the dirt moistly packed against the foundation. If your chimney has already started to lean, act quickly: Locate a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep in your area to inspect and repair the issue.

To find a professional chimney sweep near you, use our handy locator tool.