If you have noticed that there is a wall leaning into the basement of your home, this is what is known as a bowing or bowed wall. It’s a common problem seen on homes all over the region. It is caused from excessive hydrostatic pressure in the soil surrounding a home. Whenever it rains, the soil surrounding your foundation quickly absorbs the moisture – especially if the soil is rich in clay minerals. When this happens, it causes the soil to swell up, and this puts a lot of pressure on your foundation walls. Eventually, this pressure proves to be too much, and it will cause one or more walls of your foundation to actually lean into your home.
Other warning signs of a bowing wall include wall cracks forming on the damaged wall, windows and doors not opening or closing like they should, and certain areas on the first floor of the home feeling un-level – as if there isn’t enough support underneath them to hold up the weight of the home. Whenever you notice this kind of problem in your home, you must act fast to get the problem taken care of. The longer you wait, the more damage you will have to deal with.
Bowing and Leaning Walls
These basement walls often will lean in toward the top or bottom, and you will also likely notice the development of long horizontal cracks on the damaged surfaces. Eventually, these cracks can begin to let moisture seep into the home. Then you don’t just having a bowing wall problem to contend with, but a leaky basement as well with stains, mold growth, and other types of structural damage.
To take care of the problem, we can install helical wall anchors. These anchors will help to stabilize your foundation walls, and they are inserted through the wall and into the soil outside of your home. They will also be able to decrease hydrostatic pressure being applied on the walls, and they can also prevent future soil expansion.
Brick and Masonry Problems
Foundation problems can also have an effect on your brick and masonry surfaces. Foundation settlement, bowing walls, and wall cracks can all cause your beautiful exterior to face serious damage. This includes your chimney, landscaping, and siding. The materials can crack, crumble, lean, or sink.
You may also notice other structural problems, such as: drywall cracks, sticking doors and windows, water in the basement or crawl space, or sloped floors. To take care of these problems, you will need to have Level It come to your home to take a look a the problem. Our team of experts will be able to come up with a plan of action for getting the problem taken care of.