Bowed Walls can be a silent assassin in your home. Most times structural damage goes unnoticed unless you’re in the area of your home that is displaying such. Whenever there is structural damage there is something on the outside that is the cause. Soil can be the pressure that’s causing the walls to bow. If you continue to allow your walls to bow it can bring permanent damage to your home. Just think, if the strongest part of your home is unstable the house itself is out of sync.
Cracked or Bowed Walls?
Support and stabilize cracked or bowed basement walls.
- Cracks in the walls are a sign of structural damage.
- What type of movement is it? Bowing or settling?
- Geostatic (soil) pressure not hydrostatic (water) pressure…most of the time
- Is it bad enough to need support? May want a structural engineer to evaluate.
- What do you want to accomplish?
- Do you want/need the walls straightened?
- Are you concerned with the cosmetics of the repair?
What if I don’t brace the walls? Major structural issues.
Correction cracks in the foundation walls will prevent further damage and more expensive repair costs, such as rebuilding the wall.
What To Avoid…
Improper Installation – such as inadequate wall spacing between support.
Insufficient wall preparation – Depending on the support type, the wall must be prepared properly.
Using the wrong support – Using the wrong support may not secure the structure sufficiently.