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Bowed Basement Wall Repair

If you are starting to notice your basement walls are leaning a little, bowed basement wall repair needs to be considered. As water begins to collect around the base of the foundation from inadequate draining, soil absorbs the water. The soil begins to expand, putting pressure on the basement walls. This can cause cracking and sometimes push them forward, creating a bowed basement wall. On top of this, cracks are the best entry point for water, creating a leaky basement. This is when it is time to repair the walls.

Bowed basement wall repair is not a do it yourself job. A professional foundation repair contractor must come out and handle the situation correctly and promptly. Without the proper care, the house can possibly collapse. If you begin to notice cracks, splits, or bowing in your basement walls, call a professional as soon as possible.

Repairing Bowed Basement Walls

When a professional comes to your home, they will follow a sequence of steps to properly repair the affected walls. Once the correct analysis has been given, the repair can begin, permanently fixing the problem. The system that professionals use to repair bowed basement walls is known as the wall anchor system. The process is as follows:

  • To begin, small holes are drilled into the basement walls. This is to prepare them for the insertion of structural anchor rods.
  • Earth anchor holes are then drilled around the base of the basement. Metal plates called earth anchors are inserted into the holes that are used to hold the anchor rods in place.

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  • The anchor rods are inserted into the basement wall holes to meet up and connect with the earth anchor plates outside.
  • Cement is poured into the earth anchor holes to secure the installation.
  • Wall plates are attached on the inside and securely fastened to the walls, seating the earth anchor. These can be tightened in intervals, straightening out the walls.

The wall anchor system is a permanent fix for bowed basement walls. For any kind of unstable foundation, this is the best way to fix it. Take a close look at the foundation and the basement walls of your home to make sure that there are not any problems. Take every precautionary action you can to avoid foundation repair, and make sure that draining and gutters are at optimal working order as well.

If you notice that this is a problem for your home, do not hesitate to call a professional. It may cost a bit of money to get the repair job done, but it can save you a lot of damage repair costs in the long run.