Repairing Your Bowed Foundation & Pushed In Wall

Bowing basement block wallBowing basement walls, normally caused by moisture in loose or expansive soil, are a sign of serious foundation issue that requires an inspection by a foundation expert. A bowing foundation wall is usually cracking near the middle, normally in the mortar joints between blocks, sometimes forming a stair-step pattern as it moves up. These cracks can let moisture and other infestations in your basement, creating unhealthy conditions and seriously weakening the support your home requires to retain its structural integrity, leading to even bigger problems. Left unaddressed, it can lead to a full wall collapse.

Early symptoms of a bowing wall are not only cracks, but signs the foundation is giving in, causing doors and windows to stick, wall cracks, including in drywall, and uneven floors higher in the house.

Thrasher has proven solutions if you are noticing a bowed foundation they include, wall anchor systems secured in compact soil in the yard and wall. If trees, outbuildings, streets or sidewalks prevent outside wall anchors, then wall braces are a common bowed basement wall repair. If the bowing isn’t too severe and the lateral pressures can be remediated,  carbon fiber straps are another solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • It’s hard to say if cracks in your foundation and basement are serious without a thorough inspection, but there are some tell-tale signs that a crack is reaching the serious stage. First, if there is any moisture or water leakage coming through, that is serious. If the cracks are larger than surface hairline cracks, often seen on poured-in-place concrete walls as they cure, there’s likely a problem developing that will become serious, if it isn’t already. If the cracks continue to grow over time, that’s a sign the issue is becoming more serious.

  • Wall anchors are one of the most proven and widely used methods of repairing basement walls damaged due to foundation issues. Not to be confused with drywall anchors, wall anchors are two metal plates, one placed in packed soil in your yard, the other placed against your basement wall, joined by a steel rod that can be rotated to bring the anchors together, restoring bowing, leaning and cracked basement walls to a straight vertical position.

  • A foundation repair project generally takes less than a day to complete with the proper
    assessment, trained experts and the right equipment. For repairs that require some yard
    disturbance – wall anchors or pier solutions -- a small surrounding area must be excavated,
    although disturbance is kept to a minimum, allowing for working in tight areas. The more
    widespread foundation problems are, the larger the repair system required, taking extra time.
    Once the project is completed, all signs of work will be covered as dirt is put back into place and
    landscaping restored.

  • Drywall cracks, if not caused by seasonal changes in humidity, may also be caused by structural problems. For example, poor settlement leading to cracks in concrete slabs often indicates that sagging walls are next and drywall is soon to follow. If your house is built on uneven soil, the shifting and sinking will result in cracks forming on your interior walls.

  • Thrasher Foundation Repair guarantees customer satisfaction and offers a fully transferable warranty. Basement waterproofing, crawl space and most foundation repairs are backed by 25-year warranties, while concrete repairs have a 5-year warranty and egress windows have a10-year warranty. The warranty is attached to the property, so not only does the warranty transfer to the new owner if you sell your home, it will also transfer to any future owners that buy your home! In addition, free basement inspections are offered, regardless of whether anything's been installed up to that point. We want the best work done with the best value for you.

  • A push pier is a series of sectioned hollow, galvanized steel pipes, which can fit together into a longer shaft and can be installed on the exterior or interior of your home. Normally installed on the exterior, a small area will be excavated to create access for the push pier’s bracket to sit completely underneath the foundation’s footing. Installed inside, a section of the floor will be cut out to achieve this access. In the process of installation, the sections of pipe are driven down through unstable dirt until they can be firmly footed in load-bearing soil. After adjustments to restore the foundation are complete, exterior installations are covered by dirt and restored landscaping. Interior installations are covered when the floor section is repaired with concrete.

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