Bowing or leaning basement walls are a common sign of foundation failure. We will talk about the signs and symptoms that your foundation has been damaged here.
Basement walls that are tilting or bowing are dangerous, they don’t look very good and can prevent you from using valuable parts of your property.
If bowing, tilting, or leaning walls are not repaired, they could eventually collapse. So it’s important to make the necessary repairs in order to maintain your property in a safe, usable condition.
Why Your Foundation Matters
Your foundation holds the weight of your entire home. But excess groundwater can create pressure on your foundation and cause it to shift.
Over time, these continued pressures underneath a shifting foundation can cause your foundation walls to lean or bow. This generally starts a cascade of other serious foundation problems.
What Causes Bowing Basement Walls?
The most common causes of foundation wall failure are:
- Clay soils expand and contract as the moisture in the ground increases and decreases.
- Hydrostatic pressure is an accumulation of water in the foundation wall’s soil that exerts pressure against the wall.
- Frost in the soil next to the foundation can apply pressure to the wall.
Bowed Basement Wall Repair Methods
There are many options out there to fix your bowing, and leaning walls, so how do you know which one to choose?
The best solution for your situation will depend on several factors, including the location of the problem and the extent of the damage.
The KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair Helical Tie-Back System involve large, screw-like implements that are installed into the soil adjacent to the affected wall. The Tie-Backs are screwed into the soil horizontally through a small hole in the wall. Then anchors are attached to the interior of the wall, applying tension to straighten the wall and keep it from bowing in the future.
Once the installation is complete, the hole on the inside of the wall is sealed and the site is cleaned up. This process requires very little machinery which minimizes disruption to your property. Also, there is no need to wait for cement or grout to cure, so the installation process is relatively fast.
5 Advantages of Helical Tie-Back System
- Installation can be completed in one day in any weather.
- Can be installed even when interior access is limited.
- Involves limited disturbance to your yard and landscaping.
- Can strengthen your wall immediately because of the excavation.
- Is a permanent solution!
Ready to Get Started?
The experts at KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair will thoroughly inspect your property and give you a professional evaluation and recommendation based on our experience working on more than 7,000 properties over the past 32 years. Contact us to schedule a consultation and free estimate.