Causes of Bowed Basement Walls
A lot of homeowners call and e-mail us on a regular basis wanting to know what the causes are of bowed basement walls. Typically, this foundation problem will be caused from hydrostatic pressure in the soil surrounding your home. If the dirt around your foundation is rich in clay, then it is going to be extremely absorbent whenever it rains, or when you have melting snow on your lawn. When the soil absorbs the moisture, it will quickly swell up and this will put a lot of pressure on your basement walls. Over time, this pressure (hydrostatic pressure) will actually cause your foundation walls to lean into the basement of your home. The severity of the problem will depend on how severe the pressure is and how well-built the wall was to begin with. Regardless of how severe the bowing may be, we know that we will be able to take care of the problem with Grip-Tite® carbon fiber, wall anchors, and I-beams. Total foundation replacement for bowing walls is no longer the only effective solution to this common structural problem.
Bowed Wall Repair
Foundation Specialist is here to provide you with the best and most professional bowed wall repair in the western Michigan area. We know how alarming it can be to see a leaning basement wall in your home, and this is why we are here to provide you with fast and effective foundation repair services when you need them. A bowing basement wall will basically appear as just a wall tilting and leaning into the basement of your home. It might look severe, or the bowing may not be that bad. However, regardless of how serious you think the situation may be, you need to get in touch with us immediately for a consultation. During your consultation, we will send a foundation repair tech to your home to evaluate the damage and let you know what will be involved with the repair process.
Grip-Tite® wall anchors make use of proven engineering methods to secure and stabilize your failing basement wall or walls. This foundation repair system consists of a wall plate, wall anchor, and a steel rod to connect the two together. Basically, we will install the wall anchor in the soil next to the damaged basement wall. Next, we will install the wall plate on the inside of your home on the effected wall. Then, the two will be connected to each other with the strong steel rod. This rod can be tightened over time to add more lateral pressure to the wall to help push it back into position.
Grip-Tite® carbon fiber is what we most commonly use to fix bowing basement walls in Michigan. This Carbon fiber was designed to seal, strengthen, and stabilize foundation walls. If your leaning basement wall has cracks, the fiber will be able to stop the problem from getting even worse. The material is warranted for 25 years, and it will provide your home with superior structural integrity and stability.
I-Beams for Bowing Wall Repair
We also use I-beams for bowing wall repair on Michigan homes. A steel I-beam is a type of joist that is made from strong, durable steel materials. They are used as major structural support systems on homes that have failing foundation walls. The shape of the I-beam resembles an "I" shape, and they have a strong central core that is capped with flanges on either side. There are various lengths and sizes available with I-beams, and these are commonly used to fix even the most severe bowing wall problem. They are less likely to bend or warp when compared to wooden alternatives, and they are not as obtrusive.
Please feel free to call Foundation Specialist for more information about getting bowed wall repair in Michigan. We look forward to talking with you soon!