What Causes Basement Walls to Bow?

Bowing WallWhether masonry, brick, or concrete, basement walls will bow over a period of time if there is too much lateral pressure from the outside soil. This can be caused by a number of natural or manmade ways. Essentially, excess water around your home can cause bowing basement walls if there isn’t proper drainage or sealing techniques being used on the lower floors. Bowing basement walls can also be the result of:

  • Poor soil compaction
  • Improper drainage
  • Plumbing leaks that cause the soil to expand

Whatever the cause, this is a serious issue and should be examined and repaired by a professional, like those at Basement Masters Waterproofing, as soon as possible.

How To Fix Bowing Basement Walls

When it comes to bowing wall repair, Basement Masters Waterproofing is the first expert you should call in Northern Virginia. Our team is highly trained and experienced when it comes to any aspect of foundation repair. We can offer you solutions that are unmatched in quality.

Our team of experts uses wall anchors and helical tiebacks to carefully and effectively pull bowing basement walls back into place. These products are a stable and long-term solution that will not cause extra disturbance to your home or landscaping. You can be sure we only offer the best products and solutions for your home, keeping in mind our customer’s need for durable, cost-effective products.

Wall Anchors

Wall anchors are the most economical method for providing enough force to stabilize bowed basement walls. Their simple design allows our team to complete the job quickly, and there is little disturbance to your landscaping. Our wall anchors consist of an inside wall plate, an outside anchor, and a high strength rod tying them together.

Helical Tiebacks

Helical tiebacks consist of a long rod with a corkscrew end that attaches to a wall plate inside the foundation wall. A helical tieback is drilled through a hole in the soil. The hole is then refilled and the wall plates are installed. This method is just as good as wall anchors, but different options may be used depending on the type of building you have and the load it is expected to carry.

Protect Your Home from Bowed Basement Walls

Foundation Repair System to fix bowing walls

To prevent basement walls from bowing, it is important to have strong waterproofing systems in place. Basement Masters Waterproofing would be glad to come to your home or business to provide you with a no-cost evaluation and estimate to help you understand what necessary measures you should put in place. Protecting your home from foundation damage and flooding is one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner.

We proudly offer both exterior and interior waterproofing systems, including:

  • Surface drainage
  • Sump pumps
  • Drain tile
  • …and more.

We are your full-service foundation repair and waterproofing company serving Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. Whatever system you need installed or repaired in your home, we can do it. Call today for a free quote!


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