Bowing basement walls can be an indication of serious foundation problems, but it can be hard to spot them. Foundation walls can move inward due to expansive soils and constant pressure on them. They are forced to bow or bulge.
How do you know if you need a basement repair?
There are some signs that your basement walls are in need of repair.
- Horizontal cracks or stair-step foundation wall cracks
- There are signs of movement in the walls.
- The walls are leaning at the top.
- Presence of expansive clay soils
- Evidence of hydrostatic pressure
It is important to understand what is causing your basement, crawl space foundation repair, or foundation walls to bow before looking for repair solutions. You can find the most permanent solution for foundation damage if you know the root cause.
Unstable soil is the most common cause of basement and foundation walls. The amount of soil pressure on the foundation walls can vary depending on the soil conditions. Excess pressure can be caused by soil conditions.
- Poor exterior drainage can lead to oversaturation of the soil surrounding the foundation. When soils get too saturated, they can cause a force on your foundation walls. It can cause water damage and basement leaks.
- Georgia Red Clay is the type of soil we have here in Northern Georgia. It is an expansive soil, meaning that it expands under wet conditions. Proper exterior drainage is more important than ever.
- In the winter, soils can change between freezing and thaw. Ice structures can be formed when the soil is moist. The ice structures force the soil to shift.
How Do You Fix a Bowing Basement Wall?
Installation of wall anchors is our preferred method of wall repair. The wall anchor system is used to strengthen walls by anchoring them to the ground and bracing the wall. This stops the inward movement. The foundation walls can be moved back to their original position with the help of the anchor.
Wall Anchors Advantages:
- Made with galvanized steel to prevent corrosion
- A 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects and an in-house quality and performance warranty is included.
- Hide-A-Way™ None help conceal wall anchor access points
Other Ways to Fix Bowing Basement Walls
If the yard is not accessible, it may not be possible to install a wall anchor system. When wall anchors aren’t an option, we install our IntelliBrace system.
The crawl space walls are tightened by the SettleStop. The I-beam system, called the IntelliBrace, has several advantages over traditional systems, including its rust-resistant zinc coating and design.
What NOT To Do When Repairing Bowing Walls
You definitely want to do only one foundation repair. When repairing your foundation, beware of expensive options that won’t fix your problem, and watch out for quick solutions that won’t work. Total foundation replacement may be suggested when dealing with bowed walls. You have to dig the entire perimeter of your foundation to do a job like this. The floor slab and foundation walls are removed as the house is jacked up. The foundation, the house, and the soil are all rebuilt.
This solution is expensive and time consuming. It is not addressing the issue. The soil is the problem. You can count on the soil to damage the foundation when it is finished. If you are going to invest money in repairing your foundation, make sure the solution you choose is not disruptive and will last the longest.