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. 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. However, you need to understand that it doesn't matter how old or new your home is, you can still have this 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 causes the soil to swell up and it puts a lot of pressure (hydrostatic pressure) on your basement 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. Next, a wall plate will be attached to the wall inside of the home. The two will be connected with a strong rod which can be tightened over time to provide the necessary lateral pressure to push the wall back into a straight position. Set up for these products is fairly fast, and not much excavation is required for the job.
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