Why You Need To Repair Your Bowing Foundation Walls
Although your foundation is made to carry the weight of your home, there are some situations that can prevent it from doing its job.
Your foundation can only handle so much stress and pressure before it starts breaking, and when that happens, the effects can be felt indoors. Besides the cracks forming underneath your property, foundation damage tilts chimneys, makes it impossible for doors and windows to open and close properly, and your floors become uneven/unsteady.
The most dangerous problem however, is the bowing of your basement walls because once the walls have lost their strength, it is easy for foreign debris to enter your home.
To determine that your foundation is in dire need of a fix, you first need to look for the following signs of damage:
- Wall cracks (horizontal or stair-step)
Causes Of Bowing Walls
The most common cause of bowing and cracked foundation is expansive soils and hydrostatic pressure. This occurs when the clay soil surrounding your foundation takes in water and expands. This pushes against your foundation, and when the force exceeds the wall’s strength, it starts to crack and break. Once the clay soil dries, it pulls away from your foundation – creating weak areas.
Heavy rain, storms, and floods, are capable of repeating this process and eventually destroying the wall. Repairing this kind of disaster should only be left to the professionals, which we, at KC Waterproofing, are prepared to do.
Solutions For Your Bowing Walls
As with every situation we encounter, we take the important step of finding the cause of the problem before introducing the solution. We have four methods to sure up your foundation bowing walls.
Wall Reinforcement System
Our wall reinforcement system is made from Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (10x stronger than steel) and its purpose is to reinforce the walls from the inside. We will install the reinforcement system inside and leave your yard and your landscaping intact outside.
The GeoLock® system is made from heavy-duty, galvanized steel, with one side embedded into the soil and the other installed onto the wall. With this setup, your bowing or tilting walls will straighten overtime and gradually fortify itself each time it is raised. This system can be installed at almost any time of the year, and therefore is a great option for those looking to quickly resolve problems.
Helical Anchor Systems
What makes the helical anchor unique is its design. Because of its “screw-like” body, it is easier to install and is capable of reaching greater depths. Plus, with us handling the installation process, you will receive benefits such as, minimal disturbance to your property and landscape, restores/boosts your property value, quick to install, a written, transferable warranty and more!
We have various ways to repair and stabilize your foundation, but if you are looking for an effective and non-disruptive option, then installing wall anchors is your best choice. The materials used for this process are made from galvanized steel – giving your property a long-term solution for your bowing and cracking walls. Plus, with our experts handling the job, the installation process is done smoothly, easily, and completed within a day in almost every case.