Bowing WallWhat are the Causes of Bowing or Leaning Walls?

Your basement walls, masonry, or concrete may begin to bow and even crack over a period of time. Most of the time it is caused by too much lateral pressure from outside soil, but it can also be caused by an inadequate original design when built. Some other causes include:

  • Poor drainage
  • Unrestrained water
  • Poor waterproofing
  • Overly compacted soil

Whatever the cause, leaning walls in Northern VA are a serious issue and should be examined and repaired by a professional as soon as possible.

Why Should I Repair My Bowing Walls?

The strongest walls in your home are compression walls. If your home has significantly bowed or split block they should be evaluated by our team. Whether you have concrete or block, we advise you to monitor cracks for ongoing changes. If your wall begins to move, it is most likely unstable and needs to be corrected by a professional. We do have devices to monitor movement, which we can easily install and read for results. You don’t want to risk your family’s safety by leaving a compromised wall.

Solutions for Leaning Walls

We offer foundation repair solutions for you that will pull and anchor your damaged wall back into place. Wall anchors and helical tieback solutions are very helpful in these cases. They anchor to the solid ground surrounding your foundation to pull your foundation back into place. They are strong, long-lasting, and do not cause disturbance to your landscaping. We can be in and out without a lot of intrusion in your yard.

Helical Tiebacks and Anchors

These helical wall tiebacks and anchors are designed to straighten and strengthen basement walls. Helical anchors consist of a long rod with a corkscrew end that attaches to a wall plate inside the foundation wall. A helical anchor is drilled through a hole in the soil. The hole is then refilled and the wall plates are installed. The screws are rotated until the wall returns to its original position.

Wall Anchors

Wall anchors are the most economical method for providing enough force to stabilize bowing basement walls. They have a simple design that allows us to complete the job quickly. There is little disturbance to landscaping. Plate anchors consist of an inside wall plate, an outside anchor, and a high strength rod tying them together.

Trust Basement Masters Waterproofing

We have years of experience in repairing leaning walls in Northern VA. Our highly qualified team of professionals is trained to fix any foundation issue your home may face. We are always looking for the best ways to satisfy you, the customer, meaning we listen to all questions and concerns before, during, and after repairs. The longer you leave leaning walls, the more your home is at risk for serious foundation failure. When the foundation fails, the whole home is no longer safe. You don’t want to waste time debating whether repairs should be made. Give us a call today and you’ll even receive a free quote!


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