Bowing Walls

The Symptoms:

bowed wall sign of hydrostatic pressure

Identifying a bowing wall is not always the easiest. If you have a wall that is showing signs of inward movement, repair work is required, not recommended. 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 our team at IWP for a free evaluation on your bowing wall repair. You don’t want to wait for this kind of problem to get worse.

The Causes:

Pressure is the number one cause of bowing walls. Whether it’s heavy rain, poor drainage, or large tree roots- all these natural and manmade problems can result in pressure that pushes against your foundation causing 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 problem. Bowing walls is a project you should always leave to the professionals, never DIY. The wall should be assessed immediately by a certified technician to determine the severity. Then the proper steps can be taken to ensure the wall is secure and sturdy for many years to come. Trying to fix this on your own will only increase the chances of foundation failure and risk the safety of your home and family.

Our Solution:

There are two solutions we recommend when combatting bowing walls. One solution is repairing the wall by installing an ECP product. 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 tightens 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 to immediately excavate and provide 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 it with a more 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! We’ll even provide you with a free consultation!