If you go into your basement and notice that there's a wall leaning into your home, you need to get this problem taken care of immediately. 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. 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. 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. 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 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 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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