Is your basement showing the signs of bowed basement walls?
Over time, seasonal expanding and contracting of the soil and water pressure from ground moisture can eat at cinderblocks, the grout between cinder blocks and poured concrete which can cause the walls to bow, crack and tilt. These issues for your basement are not issues for us, we have the expertise to resolve these issues and get your basement back into a safe and usable condition quickly and easily.
Symptoms of a bowing basement wall:
- Shifting at the base of a block wall
- Bowing walls with horizontal crack in center
- Tilting basement wall does not line up with seal plate with vertical cracks at each end
- Tilting or cracked broken seal plate and band board
Bowed basement wall may be caused by a number of things, including normal expanding and contracting of soil during the change of seasons. When the ground freezes and thaws, especially repeatedly throughout the season, it causes the soil to contract and expand numerous times which aggravates the issue. Other causes can include hydrostatic pressure or soil layering.
Signs of a bowing or tilting basement wall may not be so obvious to spot to the untrained eye so it’s best to call an expert.
How to repair my bowing basement walls
We offer different solutions for your bowed basement walls depending on which material your wall is made of.
If you have concrete walls, helical tiebacks installed outside work best for tilting walls and are the strongest and most reliable system on the market. They straighten your bowing wall and provide an opposing force to work against the soils that cause your walls to bow in the first place.
Steel beams work best for block walls to correct bowing and prevent it from happening again. Excavation may be required to repair and straighten your bowing basement walls depending on the severity of the issues in the surrounding soil.