Signs of a foundation wall problem
Walls that are bowed, cracked, leaning or tilting inward are a sign that something is very wrong with the structural integrity of your foundation wall. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development… “Foundation walls usually move first at the weakest point which is the mid-point of the wall. Walls that have bowed significantly will show a stair-step type cracking pattern usually at the outside corners. This will require corrective action. The condition will not stabilize, it’s a question of how much time remains.”
Causes of Cracked and Bowed Walls
During construction the three foot area out from your walls (back fill) is put back by the contractor loose and over the years it naturally settles. Rain helps speed up this process making wet dirt heavy and it compresses the backfill, many times causing negative drainage. Rain then causes the earth to expand creating hydrostatic pressure from too much water building up against the walls. In the Midwest, clay soil is very dominate and expands more than plain dirt. The clay soil that is around your property swells when it is wet or frozen and exerts pressure. That force causes the foundation walls to shift inward. Having bad gutters is also a key factor.
Insubstantial Bowed Wall Repair Methods
Installing steel I-beams vertically against the bowing wall is one of the oldest repair methods. I-beams installation requires that they attach the beams to your floor joints which causes additional stress on existing lumber framing. This does not provide a means for straightening the bowed walls. You want your basement wall to hold up your house NOT your house to hold up your wall! Another common bowed wall repair method that has become available is Carbon fiber technology. This technology provides a big band-aid type product that is glued to the wall. It is not able to stop sheering at the bottom and does not give you the ability to straighten the wall.
We fix bowed and cracked walls
Quality Foundation Repair fixes bowed and cracked walls in Omaha and the surrounding area. Wall Anchors are a great solution to supply the lateral force needed to support your cracked or bowed wall. Contact Quality Foundation Repair today for foundation / basement Wall Anchor installation today!
Why Choose Quality Foundation Repair?
- Minimal disturbance to your lawn or landscaping
- Can be installed year-round
- Installed in a day
- Cost-effective vs. rebuilding foundation wall(s)
Please feel free to contact Quality Foundation Repair for more information about our bowed wall repair services in Omaha, NE, Sioux City, IA, and in nearby communities and we’ll be glad to help you.