How do I Repair Bowed Foundation Walls?
When it comes to bowing or buckling basement walls a common misconception is that replacement is the only alternative. Luckily that is not true! Not only are there options but replacing a foundation wall doesn’t ultimately treat the problem that created the bowing. Basement walls shift for a number of reasons, including standing water, incorrect basement waterproofing and/or lack of appropriate drainage. It is important that these issues must be fixed before other actions may be taken.
Repairing a bowed wall is no easy task and is something that affects the entire structure, not just your basement. It is best left to professionals who can stabilize things properly. At Lamunyon, we utilize wall anchors that are installed on your bowing, sagging or crumbling walls – an engineering method that has been proven to stabilize and strengthen your failing basement wall. It doesn’t matter what type of foundation you have, concrete, tile, or cinder block, the wall anchors will work with any material. The anchors are installed deep in the earth in stable, load-bearing strata.
What is a Basement Wall Anchor?
Wall plate anchors are a very inexpensive, yet powerful solution to bowing walls. These anchors are an approved means of repair by many engineers and building code officials in the United States. The anchors have the ability to recover the structural integrity of foundation walls without significant renovation or excavation. The purpose of a wall anchor is to restore lateral strength to the wall while allowing you to pull the wall straight using the natural expansion and contraction of the soil.
One of the many advantages of anchors is that they are not obtrusive or unsightly in the basement like many alternative bracing methods. A thin high strength steel wall plate may be the only thing seen from the inside of the basement. The wall anchors allow the foundation bowing wall repair to be carried out without giving up valuable square footage.