Leaning Chain Link Fence? Here’s How To Fix It

Chain link fencing has a lot going for it. It's an economical option, affordable for virtually everyone. A chain link fence also provides security, keeping people and pets in and threats out. Homeowners needn't work about having a blah, silver-colored looking chain link fence, either. If "industrial chic" isn't the look you are going for, you can choose one of several colors. You can also get colored slats that will provide privacy as well. Unlike a wood fence, a chain link fence never needs to be sanded, stained, painted, or sealed.

While a chain link fence doesn't require routine maintenance, you may need to have repairs done occasionally. Severe thunderstorms can send trees toppling, and no fence can stand up to that. Regions that experience extreme winters can also be tough on any type of fence. The frost and thaw cycle can cause the posts to heave, causing the fence to become uneven or rippled. This can look unsightly and make opening and closing the gate difficult. Here's a look at how to fix your chain link fence poles.

The Fence Poles Are Leaning

If your chain link panels are sagging and buckling, this is likely due to uneven settling of the posts. They may not have been set below the frost line, or it may just simply be normal settling that occurs over time from rain and soil erosion.

Usually, the post is just leaning and needs to be set back upright. To correct this, dig out the soil all around the post. Once the post is free from dirt, use a level to set the post back straight. You want the post to be vertically level, but you also want it to be in alignment with the other posts. You can tie strings from post to post to ensure it is straight. Once you have your post where you want it, have a partner hold it in place for you while you tamp a gravel and soil mixture back down around it. Alternatively, you can mix up a small batch of concrete instead.

The Chain Link Itself Is Damaged

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to completely replace the panel. You may also need to replace the adjacent posts and top rail. This is definitely a two-person job and requires special tools to stretch the chain link properly. Therefore, this is a job best left to the chain link fence repair professionals.