What Causes Bowing Basement Walls?
There are many factors which contribute to bowing basement walls:
- Soil pressure due to expansive clay soil against the foundation is the primary cause of bowing basement walls.
- Large trees too close to the foundation can grow large roots that push a basement wall causing basement wall cracks and bowing.
- Settling patios, stoops and concrete steps can put pressure on the foundation causing cracking and bowing.
- Foundation settlement and movement resulting in the need for foundation stabilization can also be caused by improperly compacted fill soils or improper maintenance around your foundation.
- Roof water that overflows next to your foundation can add to soil expansion and pressure causing bowing basement walls.
Whatever the cause, settlement can destroy the value of structures and your home and even make them unsafe resulting in the need for foundation stabilization- bowing basement wall repair.
What About Settling?
A settling foundation results in stair step cracking or vertical cracks. These cracks are typically due to a lack of stability underneath of the foundation. This type of foundation problem may require piering or underpinning.
Bowing Basement Wall Repair
Carbon fiber mesh reinforcement is the most advanced technology for foundation stabilization and bowing basement wall repair. We embed the carbon fiber mesh “straps” into the face of your foundation walls resulting in the ultimate in tensile and shear strength. These straps are smooth to the wall and paintable making them barely noticeable. Installing the reinforcement straps to your basement will increase its strength three times stronger than it was originally. You will also have a lifetime structural guarantee.
If you think that there is a problem with your foundation due to basement wall cracks, call us for a professional foundation stabilization assessment of your property. We will be able to assess any damage that has occurred and determine the best plan for your situation.