Going into your basement and seeing a bowed wall isn't something any homeowner wants to see. This can be really scary, but you shouldn't panic - you need to calm down and realize that it's a problem that needs to be fixed immediately. 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
A lot of homeowners want to know why they have this problem to begin with. After all, they feel like they take good care of their property, and maybe their home isn't really even that old. 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. Clay-rich soil around your home absorbs a TON of moisture when it rains. This moisture causes the earth to expand and put a lot of pressure on your foundation walls. Over time, this causes the walls to lean into the 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 installation process begins with the anchor being installed in stable, strong soil deep within the earth. 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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