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. Needless to say, this is not something you want to deal with. That's why it is a far better idea to let the experts take a look at your wall, and then they will advise you as to what the plan of action is for getting it upright once again.
Causes of Leaning Walls
A lot of homeowners want to know why they have this problem to begin with. 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. 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 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
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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