As a homeowner, it is important to keep track of your home’s foundation. Cracks in your basement walls can create a good many water and structural problems. Rainy seasons tend to present with many basement wall problems, but that’s where the team here at Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements comes in.
Concrete block basement walls that are bowing is not an issue you should neglect. If your block walls appear to be bowing it is more than likely because there is some type of pressure pushing against the walls from the outside of your home. More times than not it is hydrostatic pressure that builds up in the soil located on the outside of your home’s foundation wall. In some cases, tree roots and other types of deterioration can cause cracks in your foundation as well. However, when a foundation is weakened and begins to bow the most common culprit is that of hydrostatic pressure. Whatever the source of the bowing is, if you fail to address the issue, you may find yourself faced with collapsing walls or other costly damages.
Understanding Hydrostatic Pressure
Rainy weather conditions contribute to hydrostatic pressure on the walls of your home’s basement resulting in bowed basement walls, various cracks or other structural damage. Hydrostatic pressure can greatly impact your home’s foundation. It is important for homeowners to be aware of hydrostatic pressure and to keep a continued eye out for it.
Hydrostatic pressure is an issue that most homeowners never give a second thought to until such time that their foundation is significantly impacted by it. It is often the primary cause of bowing basement walls, which is why it is so important for you to understand exactly what it is and how it happens.
The soil that is located beneath your home is never fully dry even when it appears dry on the surface. Below the surface soil is typically saturated. When clay soils are present, they will retain water and will present with drainage issues resulting in hydrostatic pressure. When the groundwater begins to make its way toward your living space, it is forced to stop when it comes in contact with your basement walls. The water then accumulates against the basement walls and its overall weight puts pressure on the walls. Once this occurs, the basement walls will begin to bow as a result of the excessive pressure.
When hydrostatic pressure occurs, your entire home can be at risk. Although the bulk of the damage is within the basement area, structural damage could occur to the house as a whole. How, you may ask? Well, as your basement walls bow inward, they begin to crack, allowing water to seep into your basement. Often times this can result in basement flooding. Since the basement walls are a component of the foundation of your home, you may very well begin to notice varied effects of the bowing foundation walls within your living space. When the walls are weakened the columns that rely upon the foundation walls can become weakened as well and result in other structural damage to your home.
A Cost Effective Solution for Restoring Bowing Basement Walls
When you are faced with water in your basement, your first and most important concern is to find a way to control and manage the water. However, restoring the structural health and integrity of your basement walls once the water has been controlled is something left to foundation repair specialists. Here at Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements we offer cost-effective solutions utilizing products engineered and designed specifically for restoring damaged basement walls.
At Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements our team of foundation repair professionals is steadfast in meeting the individual needs of all our valued clients. We are committed to providing only the highest quality basement wall solutions at affordable prices. For concrete walls it can be very costly to remove and replace foundation walls. However, walls that are block and poured and are either leaning inward or are bowing can be repaired by using wall plate anchors. Utilizing these anchors to actually anchor your wall is a very simple process and is far less costly that the alternative solution. Wall plate anchors have a number of advantages including, but not limited to, the following.
- They can be quickly and efficiently installed
- Their installation causes minimal disruption to your home and landscaping
- They are cost-effective
- For basement finishing they are easily hidden and concealed
- They are an all-weather installation solution
The overall process for repairing foundation walls with wall plate anchors is fast and easy and the team of professionals here at Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements stands ready to meet your foundation needs.
Choose Our Team of Professionals
If you are a homeowner in Bessemer, Birmingham, Boaz, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, Anniston or Montgomery, who is faced with leaning or bowing basement walls, we are the team for you. Our team of professionals strives to deliver foundation repair services that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors.
We take tremendous pride in our top-of-the-line services, affordable prices, and attractive turnaround times. Our team of experts has been recognized in the marketplace over and over again, for more than 55 years, as the best all round foundation repair and home improvement company this side of Alabama. Our mission statement is simple in that we strive for 100% customer satisfaction with every project we undertake.
There is no project too big or too small for our team of professionals who are on hand to answer all your questions, discuss your concerns and openly communicate the source of your problems and your solution options. We understand full well that your home is the biggest investment you will make in a lifetime, which is why we are so steadfast in meeting your needs as quickly and efficiently as possible.
For more information about solutions for your basement wall problems, to request a free quotation or to schedule a consultation, feel free to reach out to one of our team members today. We look forward to serving you and to solving your foundation problems and helping to ensure the integrity and health of your home and property season after season.