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Bowing Wall Solutions in Kansas City, MO.
Craig and his family have lived in this home for over 30 years. He began to notice a crack in the basement walls and kept his eye on it for years. Craig decided it was time to call Thrasher when he noticed a more visible deflection in the wall. He began to worry that the wall would eventually cave in. Hydrostatic pressure outside of the home builds up pressure around the existing foundation walls. This is due to the soil around the home settling and allowing gaps for water to create pressure, causing the walls to bow.
For this project, PowerBraces were used to permanently stabilize the existing wall. PowerBrace is a product that is made with galvanized steel and fits the exact height of your walls. A unique feature of PowerBrace is that it is secured at the base of the wall, and has an adjustable feature at the top, allowing for the walls to be straightened over time. Craig and his family can now rest easy that they will avoid total wall failure.
Bowed Wall Repair Using Steel Beams
Steel beams are installed vertically against the wall and anchored to the floor joists above and to the concrete floor below.
Thrasher Foundation Repair used steel beams to repair this bowing wall.
The front wall of this house was pushed in 5 inches due to improper drainage and grading. As forces of nature, such as moisture and frost, interact with the soil around your home, the soil expands. That expansion results in a constant inward force on your foundation wall until it can no longer support the pressure, causing cracking, bowing and tipping. This caused large cracks throughout the wall and allowed water to enter the basement. With the Power Brace installed(opens in a new window), the wall is stable and will not move inward. During the dry season, the PowerBrace can be tightened from the top bracket. By tightening during the dry season, the soil shrinks, allowing the wall to move back into place over time. This is a unique design created by Supportworks engineers and tested nationwide.
This is the second house we have worked on for this customer. He was so pleased with the work we did on his home that he hired us again to work on his rental property.
Thrasher Foundation Repair is a trusted company for customers. They create such a positive experience that customers call to complete other projects. Or they call with concerns they are experiencing and eventually become repeat customers. A former customer contacted us for bowed wall repair in Kansas City. Thrasher Foundation Repair installed steel beams, aka "Power Braces," and a waterproofing system in a rental property after Thrasher lifted and leveled their driveway a few years ago.
PowerBrace system permanently stabilizes your home's foundation walls. Zinc-plated steel beams are custom-fit to your basement wall height and secured tight against your basement wall with brackets anchored to your basement floor and floor joists. PowerBrace's unique, patented design allows the system to be tightened over time, potentially reversing wall failure without invasive drilling or digging on the property. They are designed and manufactured right here in the USA by our sister company Supportworks.
This is the second house we have worked on for this customer. He was so pleased with the concrete work we did on his home that he hired us again to work on his rental property. Now that's awesome! If this customer would sell this rental property, Thrasher's transferable warranty is offered to the new homeowner. Giving both the seller and the buyer peace of mind knowing Thrasher stands behind their work. With over 45 years of experience, engineering, hands on training, and lessons learned, Thrasher is the trusted foundation repair experts in the Midwest. Thrasher Foundation Repair serves homeowners across a four-state region, Kansas, Nebraska, Central and Western Iowa and Western Missouri. If you need a free estimate, don't hesitate to contact our office. Thrasher will send a local expert to your home. Even though we have offices across the Midwest, we thrive on hiring local. So, the specialist and crew who come into your home live near you!
Thrasher's production crew began the repair cutting the beams to size so, over time, the wall could be pushed back into place. Before the team could install the beams, the interior waterproofing system was installed. The interior drainage system would be installed at the foundation wall base on top of the foundation footing to catch the water right at its entry point. The homeowner chose a sump pump that included three sump pumps. Two sump pumps that run off electricity and a battery backup pump. Now that the waterproofing system is in place, the crew could install the Power Brace brackets to the floor joist then fasten power braces to the floor and bracket.
Once installed, the Team Lead did a final walk-through with the property owner answering questions and demonstrating how to tighten the Power Braces during the next dry season. If the homeowner cannot use the torque wrench at 80 pounds, a service tech can come out to do annual maintenance. During the yearly maintenance, the service tech will use a laser level and record the improvement benchmarks and tighten power braces. If something isn't right, he will make it right. He will also service the sump pump, cleaning out the pit from any debris, test the pumps, and clear the discharge lines. Having annual maintenance is vital before the heavy Midwest rains come to ensure the pump will work properly. If you would like more information about Thrasher Care Club, aka Annual Maintenance, click here.
Bowing Walls in Lohrville, IA Stabilized with Geo-Lock Wall Anchors
Longtime homeowner Marjorie A. was looking to pass her home on to her grandson. She wanted to make sure that the home’s foundation was in good condition and wouldn’t cause any problems for her grandson, she decided to give Thrasher a call.
We sent System Design Specialist Jon Young out to Marjorie’s home. He found that her foundation walls were bowing in. The crew installed Geo-Lock wall anchors to stabilize the walls. The anchors will permanently stabilize her basement walls, offering the best opportunity to straighten out the walls. Marjorie was extremely happy with the end result and was given a peace of mind.
Foundation Crack Repair in Overland Park, KS
This Overland Park foundation repair job included the installation of foundation piers, as well as epoxy crack repair.
A qualified foundation repair contractor or structural engineer should be consulted to determine if a crack in your foundation is merely cosmetic or of a more serious nature.
The goals for this residence were to achieve a minimal lift, to stabilize the structure on the east and south foundation walls, and to close the large crack on a corner. Thrasher and the consulting geotechnical engineer determined that resistance piers would be ideal to provide supplemental support in this situation.
The photos below show the large diagonal crack that had appeared on the corner of the foundation wall. The crack gaped open a half-inch or more.
Thirteen resistance piers were installed along the interior of the east and south foundation walls. Twelve linear feet of urethane injection was used to fill and seal the large crack after the piers were installed. The piers were hydraulically pushed into the soil beneath the home until a predetermined load-bearing stratus was reached.
Sinking Floors in Atlantic, IA
Dennis and Sherry D. are proud homeowners in Atlantic, IA and are willing to go above and beyond to protect their greatest investment. Recently, they noticed their floors on the first level of their home were uneven and lacking the support they needed. Dennis and Sherry have a history of customer loyalty with Thrasher. Within the past five years, we’ve waterproofed their basement, installed a radon mitigation system, and addressed any issue with the home’s concrete. They continue to choose Thrasher because they know it’s a company, they can trust to provide the best solution.
To begin the project in Atlantic IA, System Design Specialist Jeff McCormick completed a thorough inspection to develop the most permanent solution to benefit the home the most. Dennis and Sherry opted to have our SmartJack Support System installed to stabilize the floors above. This is a permanent solution and can be adjusted, if needed, over time. It attaches to the already existing beams and is solidified in the ground to give it the lasting support it needs.
As always, Dennis and Sherry were impressed with our dedication to quality and customer convenience. Thrasher has continued to repair any issues or changes in their house over time. We’re fortunate to be able to build lifelong relationships through the variety of solutions we offer.