Going into your basement and seeing a bowed wall isn't something any homeowner wants to see. It can be alarming to come across a wall in this kind of condition, but putting off the repair work is only going to cause more problems for your entire home. What a lot of homeowners don't realize is that a bowed wall will eventually collapse in on itself under the weight of the home if it's left untreated for too long. Obviously, nobody wants this problem in their home. It is smart to call our foundation repair experts ASAP to get the problem looked at and taken care of quickly.
Causes of Leaning Walls
So, you are likely wondering why your home is experiencing this common foundation problem. Your home may be fairly new, and you may think that the foundation is in pretty good, solid shape. Regardless of how old your home is, or what kind of time you put into its upkeep, you could still experience this foundation problem. The main cause of the issue is hydrostatic pressure in the soil surrounding your home. If your home was built in clay-rich soil, it's going to absorb moisture very quickly whenever it rains, or when you have melting snow on your lawn. This moisture causes the earth to expand and put a lot of pressure on your foundation walls. As time goes on, this will eventually push the wall into your home. Luckily, there have been many advancements over the years in the repair industry, and wall replacement is no longer the only solution.
Fixing Bowing Walls
To take care of the problem, we can install SafeBasements™ wall anchors. The anchors will be installed deep within the earth in stable, load-bearing strata next to the damaged wall. After the anchor is in place, a plate will be attached on the basement wall that is damaged. The anchor and plate will be connected to each other with a metal rod that can be tightened over time to push the wall into the straight, vertical position where it needs to be. Set up for these products is fairly fast, and not much excavation is required for the job.
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