Bowed Wall Repair
Whenever there is excessive hydrostatic pressure in the soil surrounding a home, it is only a matter of time before the walls start to lean inside the basement environment causing a 'bow'. This pressure is caused from swelling, expansive soils that absorb a lot of moisture whenever it rains, or when there is melting snow on the lawn. This force eventually proves to be too much for the foundation walls, and they start to lean into the home. It is not uncommon to also spot vertical, horizontal, or stair-step pattern wall cracks on these damaged surfaces as well.
Warning Signs of a Problem
- Walls can be physically seen leaning into the home
- Cracks appear which may or may not let seepage inside
- Windows and doors may have cracks forming around their frames
- Dirt may be seen getting into the basement environment from the top or bottom of the foundation
Wall anchors is the most effective solution for bowing basement walls. It involves installing a durable, metal anchor deep within the ground several feet away from the basement wall. Inside of the home, a plate is attached to the damaged wall. The two are connected to one another with a steel rod, which can be tightened over time to provide the necessary lateral pressure needed to counteract the hydrostatic pressure from the soil surrounding the base of the home. Installation can be finished quickly and with minimal excavation required.
Steel I-beams are common repair technique and product for minor bowing walls. The beams are installed through the floor and into the footer of the foundation. They can be used to prevent additional leaning of the walls, and it will help to strengthen, support, and stabilize the damaged surface.
Carbon Fiber Strips
These strips are made from woven materials that are nearly 10 times stronger than steel. They are attached to the damaged surface with a special epoxy material that will provide a low profile solution to this common structural problem. Again, installation is fast, and can typically be completed in one day.
The type of repair you need will depend on your home's unique situation. The team of Basement Problems professionals will be sure to discuss the benefits of each so that you can make an informed decision for your Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina home.