Bowing Basement Walls

Signs of Foundation Failure

House Foundation walls can be pushed in and damaged by soil pressure. Perhaps the soil's weight is too great to be held back by the foundation wall. In other cases, soil with high clay content expands during wet weather, exerting extra pressure against below-grade and basement foundation walls. Whatever the cause, there are several signs of foundation wall damage. Horizontal cracks across your basement foundation walls or stair-stepped cracks in a block foundation are the more common indicators that you have a foundation wall issue before it starts to actually bow. Get your free foundation repair estimate today!

Do your walls need a foundation repair company?

Cracked and bowing basement walls can develop immediately following construction or years later as changes occur within the soils that surround your home. If you notice this, have your foundation inspected by a specialist to determine if you need a bowing wall repair before the foundation repair cost becomes greater from neglect.

Common signs of bowing foundation problems

Horizontal cracking near the middle of the wall is one of the first symptoms you'll notice when it's bowing. Horizontal cracks usually start small and increase in width over time. A foundation repair specialist will be able to install the right system to fix your foundation in place and prevent the damage from spreading. Once the wall is secure, the foundation crack repair can be done without the threat of it returning.

How did this happen?

Hydrostatic pressure

When the soil around your house becomes saturated with water from heavy rains or water leaks, the water exerts additional pressure against the walls.

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In areas with cold winter climates, frost can put pressure on a wall and cause it to fail, especially if the basement is unheated. Frost forces can be extremely powerful and can even lift shallow foundations up out of the ground, causing significant damage to the home.

Expansive clay soil

Clay is a common soil type in many areas. It expands and contracts as the amount of moisture in the ground increases or decreases. When you see dirt with cracks at the surface during a dry spell, this is what you're actually seeing - clay soil shrinks when it gets dry. When it rains and the clay soil gets wet it expands. This increase in size puts a lot of pressure on your basement walls. When the pressure is more than the wall can handle, the wall begins to push inward.

The Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act requires foundation repair needs to be disclosed to potential home buyers. Realtors tell us they are forced to discount homes with foundation structural defects 10-20% to make a sale. What is your home worth in today's market? Imagine losing that much money from your home's value by not permanently fixing your foundation!

Foundation & concrete problems don't get better with time, they get better with us.

Find a foundation repair or concrete company near you to fix them, so you can breathe easy and sleep well tonight. Our specialists will deliver the most precise and competitive foundation repair estimate available.

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