Identifying a bowing wall is not always the easiest. If your bowing wall is showing signs of inward movement, repair work is required. Some common signs of bowing foundation walls include stair-step cracking, diagonal cracking, bulging walls, walls leaning at the top, etc. If you've noticed these problems within your property, contact us for a free evaluation.
Pressure, pressure, and pressure. A lot of pressure on your basement walls can cause bowing walls. Whether it’s heavy rain, poor drainage, or large tree roots- all this can result in pressure that pushes against your foundation that can cause the wall to crack or break.
Do I Need to Fix This?
If left untreated, bowing walls can become a huge safety risk. There are varying degrees of bowing or bulging basement walls, but all are signs of having an underlying foundation complication. Bowing walls is a project you should always leave to the professionals. The wall should be assessed immediately by a certified technician to determine the severity. Then, the structure can be evaluated, and vital steps can be put into place to securing the wall.
There are two solutions we recommend when combatting bowing walls. One solution is repairing the wall by installing a Grip-Tite Wall Anchor System, the other solution is replacing the wall completely.
With the Grip-Tite Wall Anchor System, we can repair the wall by immediately stopping the leaning of the wall and stabilizing the cracking. This happens by installing our engineered earth anchor in the soil creating a strong, soil wedge to overcome the pressure against the wall. Our system then becomes tightened to slowly correct the shape of the wall when the soils around it lose water and shrink. Another process for moving the wall back to its original state is immediately excavating and providing adequate drainage to eliminate the water in the soil against the wall by providing a prompt, corrective action.
In some cases, we will replace the affected and compromised wall completely. For a wall replacement, we will excavate the soil around the compromised wall, brace the above and surrounding structure to prevent additional damage, remove the existing wall, and replace with a robust wall to carry the above and surrounding structure load. Get in touch with IWP Foundation Repair to learn more about how we can help your bowing walls!