Concrete and masonry foundations can fail over time and walls can begin to bow. Typically bowed walls are caused by lateral pressure from outside soil or poor design. Walls can begin to bow because of compaction of the surrounding soil, poor basement waterproofing, water that is uncontrolled, or a poor drainage situation.
Oversaturated soil can put extreme pressure on foundation walls, so make sure that gutters and downspouts are draining correctly. Make sure that water is draining off nearby sidewalks, patios, and driveways and not pooling along the foundation.
Over time shrinkage occurs from the curing of concrete or mortar. As it shrinks cracks often develop. These are sometimes along mortar lines and sometimes become vertical cracks. Once there is a crack, it is weaker than the surrounding wall. When that occurs, the pressure from the outside will cause the wall to bow. This bowing will weaken the entire foundation and the weight of your whole house is resting on these walls.
A bowing or leaning wall is one of the most common foundation problems in our area.
Walls that are showing signs of movement are unstable and require some type of corrective action. Some devices monitor movement within the wall structure. Our experts can inspect your property and determine what needs to be done to remedy the situation and keep it from happening again. Earth anchors (also known as helical anchors) are the most common tool used in this situation.
Tar Heel Foundation Solutions has the right people and tools to get the job done effectively and quickly.
We’ll inspect your property for free and give you a quote on the work that needs to be done. Don’t let bowed walls become a foundation failure. The structural integrity of your building is at risk, however we are structural contractors that can make sure it is stronger than ever. Get in touch with us and let us send an expert to review your damaged wall situation and determine what we can do to help you solve any bowing or leaning that you have encountered.