Bowing walls are a sign of structural damage to the foundation of the home. As a homeowner, it is important to protect one of your largest investments before it’s too late. Bowing walls are a result of hydrostatic pressure, too much water building up against the walls, or the soil around the foundation of the home swelling and exerting pressure, forcing the wall to move inward. Homeowners have to make the decision of whether it is better to remove and rebuild basement walls or to repair the damaged walls using a wall stabilization system.
There are factors to consider when making the decision to repair or replace the foundation. If the homeowner chooses to replace the foundation walls, it is important to know that rebuilding is very time consuming and is usually more expensive than repairing the existing problem. In addition to the time and money, many times there is damage to the landscaping that the homeowner will have to fix at a later date. The most important thing to consider when making this decision is that by replacing the foundation, there is a chance for the problem to recur if the walls aren’t built properly or if the cause of damage isn’t corrected.
There are many benefits in choosing to repair the existing foundation using wall anchors. Unlike replacing, there is minimal disturbance to the landscaping because excavation is kept to a minimum. Wall anchors can be installed around decks, landscaping, and flowerbeds. Also, when the homeowner chooses to have wall anchors installed, the process takes a lot less time. Many jobs only take 1-2 days to complete and can be installed year-round. Wall anchors are also more cost-effective that having a foundation replaced.
Moore Dry Basements uses Grip-Tite® Wall Anchors to stabilize bowing or deteriorating foundation walls. Wall Anchors can be used on any kind of basement wall. The system consists of an interior wall plate, an exterior soil anchor, and a connecting steel rod to stabilize foundation walls by counteracting pressure exerted against the wall. The system works with the wall and ground, so making structural changes to your house are unnecessary. Whether the cracking or bowing is caused by hydrostatic pressure, expansive soil or another problem, don’t risk the investment in your home by failing to address the issue.