Repairing Bowing Walls & Cracks
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 (backfill) is put back by the contractor loose and over time it naturally settles. Rainfall speeds up this process because the wet dirt compresses the backfill, many times causing negative drainage. Hydrostatic pressure builds up against the walls from too much water.
Having bad gutters compounds the problem by increasing how much water seeps into the ground next to your house. In the Midwest, clay soil is very dominant 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, making foundation wall repair necessary.
It’s true that bowing walls or cracks may be the result of bad construction. Problematic issues can occur when the foundation of your home was either built in poor conditions or the contractor was rushed and took shortcuts.
Believe it or not, tree roots or shrubs growing near the foundation of your home can cause bowing walls. Certain roots can exert large amounts of pressure against your walls. Roots can cause problems even if the tree or shrub isn’t planted directly next to the foundation, so it’s important to get it professionally inspected to see whether or not the bowing walls are caused by tree roots.
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 joists, which causes additional stress on existing lumber framing. This does not provide a means for straightening the bowing 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 that is glued to the wall, but it is not able to stop shearing at the bottom and does nothing to straighten the wall.
We Fix Bowing Walls & Cracks
Quality Foundation Repair offers foundation wall repair for houses with 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. For foundation wall repair, contact Quality Foundation Repair for 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.