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. Why is it so important to act fast? Letting the problem go could mean a wall collapsing into your home. 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. After all, they feel like they take good care of their property, and maybe their home isn't really even that old. However, you need to understand that it doesn't matter how old or new your home is, you can still have this problem. It's caused from 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 causes the soil to swell up and it puts a lot of pressure (hydrostatic pressure) on your basement 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
We install SafeBasements™ wall anchors when homeowners having bowed walls in their homes. The anchors will be installed deep within the earth in stable, load-bearing strata next to the damaged wall. Next, a wall plate will be attached to the wall inside of the home. 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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