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Bowing Basement Wall

Bowing walls cause moisture to enter your property, weakening your home’s foundations. However, with the help of the right experts, resolving this problem is easier than you think.

The Basement Guys specializes in basement repair solutions, helping preserve your property’s value and structural integrity. Learn how they fix bowing walls below.

What Is a Bowing Basement Wall?

Basement walls that curve inward are known as bowing walls. They might look like they tilt or slide inward at the top or bottom. 

Other visible signs of bowing walls include:

  • Horizontal cracks along walls 
  • Stair-step cracks in block walls 
  • Diagonal cracks at the corners of poured concrete walls

What Causes Bowing Basement Walls?

Basement walls can curve inward for various reasons, including:

Inadequate Drainage and Water Management

The Greater Cleveland metro area often experience humidity and rain. Homes with ineffective drainage systems can’t manage this moisture properly, resulting in additional pressure on basement walls, which can cause them to move inward. More effective drainage systems include gutters, downspouts, and extensions.

Soil and Hydrostatic Pressure

Certain soil types in our part of the world, including clay, expand and contract more than other soils when moisture levels change. This expansion, known as hydrostatic pressure, puts extreme stress on your basement walls and can cause them to crack and curve.

Freeze and Thaw Cycles

Temperature fluctuations between seasons can also cause bowing. For example, a freezing and snowy winter followed by a warm spring can strain basement walls, especially when water in and around the walls freezes and thaws.

Foundation Movement and Settlement

The foundation of your property can shift and settle because of the environment, resulting in wall bowing and distortion. When this happens, your basement walls might become unstable.

Poor Construction

Low-quality building materials or inferior construction also make your basement walls more vulnerable to bowing.

Can You Fix a Bowing Basement Wall?

Don’t worry if a wall in your basement curves inward. Repair experts like The Basement Guys can identify the root cause of bowing and recommend the right treatment.

Working with a professional is a much better idea than trying to fix a bowing wall yourself. You might do further damage to the wall, which will cost you more in repairs.

How to Fix Bowing Basement Walls

We have various techniques for mending a bowing basement wall:

  • Carbon Fiber Reinforcement: We can bond our low-profile carbon fiber straps to a wall surface to counteract bowing and secure the wall in its current position. 
  • Steel Beams: Our IntelliBrace™ system has adjustable steel I-beams to stabilize and take pressure off a bowing wall. We can adjust these beams at different intervals to fix your wall over time. 
  • Wall Anchors: Our steel wall anchors bolt from the inside and attach to stable soil outside, neutralizing bowing. We can also adjust them to improve a wall.

We also provide moisture management solutions to protect your basement walls, including: 

Why You Should Fix Bowing Basement Walls Now

Putting off wall repairs can lead to more serious issues, such as:

  • Bowing can worsen over time because of water damage and increasing soil pressure.
  • When wall cracks expand, more water can enter your home and cause additional damage to walls.
  • Buckling walls can’t support your property’s structure and the floors above.
  • Severe bowing might cause wall failure and potential collapse.
  • As walls deteriorate, repairs become more expensive.

Combat Bowing Walls With The Basement Guys Repair Solutions

Bowing walls can increase moisture intrusion in your basement, making your property unsafe. Let us fix this issue with our custom basement repair service. We use the latest diagnostic tools and reinforcement techniques to eliminate and prevent all kinds of wall issues. 

The Basement Guys has repaired bowing walls in basements for nearly two decades. Book a free inspection and estimate today.

FAQs

Bowing basement walls signal extreme pressure on the foundation, often caused by soil movements and external factors. Left unaddressed, this pressure causes structural issues, jeopardizing your home’s integrity. Contact The Basement Guys® today for a free inspection to ensure your home is safe.

Whether bowing basement walls are dangerous depends on their severity. Minor bowing might not cause immediate danger, but significant bowing or bowing walls accompanied by cracks can threaten your home’s structural stability and risk your family’s safety. Contact The Basement Guys® for a free inspection to ensure your home and family remain safe from bowing walls.

DIY bowing wall repair is not recommended due to safety risks involved. Wall repair requires expert diagnosis to determine the underlying cause of bowing and to devise and execute the right solution. Wall anchors, foundation piers, and reinforcements repair bowing walls and ensure permanent stability. Contact The Basement Guys® to ensure a safe and long-lasting repair.

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