Foundation Wall Bracing – Wall Buckling

Foundation wall bracing, often referred to as I-beam supports, are a common solution for repairing wall buckling and other foundation wall issues normally caused by lateral pressure from expanding soils.

Wall buckling can lead to water or small pests entering your basement and other structural issues, potentially leading to a full collapse if not addressed. 

When property lines or outside obstructions -- such as outbuildings, tree roots or sidewalks  -- won't allow for the use of a wall anchor system, Thrasher's PowerBrace Wall System could be the best solution. This I-beam system is made of galvanized steel beams with a rust-resistant zinc coating, cut to the exact specifications of your basement wall. 

The top of each brace is attached close to your home’s mudsill, near the floor joists in the basement ceiling, where they are bolted to a special bracket. The wall brace is then attached to your basement floor with another special bracket, spanning the entire height of the wall. Once installed, the I-beam can be tightened with its patented adjustment mechanism at the top to create the best vertical plumb possible against the buckling wall, stabilizing and restoring your foundation’s integrity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The PowerBrace Wall System reinforces foundational walls by pushing back against the external hydrostatic pressure that is causing a basement wall to buckle, bow and crack. Steel I-beams securely stabilize the wall to prevent shifting soil from impacting the foundation. When soil begins from excess moisture, the PowerBrace's sturdy brackets keep everything in place. Over time, the long, straight I-beams can be gradually adjusted to repair wall damage.

  • An I-beam support solution is especially useful when property lines or outside obstructions -- like buildings, sidewalks or tree roots -- prevent the use of a wall anchor solution for basement foundation wall issues. An I-beam support solution is used for foundation walls that are bowing, cracking or buckling or when they are leaning in, usually forward near the top or inward near the bottom

  • Installing the PowerBrace Wall System is fairly straightforward. Before beginning, Thrasher's foundation experts determine the proper height and number of braces necessary for your walls to stabilize and the strength of floor joists near your home's mudsill. Then, each brace gets attached to a special bracket bolted near the floor joist in the basement ceiling, where it can be adjusted and tightened. Finally, running the full length of the wall, the Powerbrace is bolted to the floor for consistent vertical straightening from top to bottom. 

  • Made of galvanized steel with a rust-resistant zinc coating, PowerBrace I-beams need almost no maintenance once installed, beyond work required to further straighten and repair bowing, cracking and buckling walls. They can be tightened or loosened from special brackets attached near the floor joist above the basement wall. The PowerBrace system is an extremely durable, maintenance-free and long-term solution. 

  • Properly installed, I-beam supports disrupt little space and are easily worked around when finishing your basement. While not as flush to the wall as wall anchor systems or carbon fiber strap systems, there's no need to leave open access to the I-beam supports. They can be painted over, boxed in, or framed around. Your basement can be finished in whatever way you wish after the I-beams are installed.

  • The PowerBrace system is a long-term solution to repairing bowing or buckling basement walls when access to outside yard space is limited. It is easy to install, can be covered up when finishing your basement, and it is very effective and durable long-term solution. It’s an essential tool in repairing foundation damage that could lead to worse structural problems or unhealthy conditions from water or pest infestation getting into your basement from wall cracks.

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