Do You Have Bowed or Leaning Basement Walls?
You pop down to your basement one day to grab a few supplies and that’s when you notice it — your walls seem to be bowing. Your first impulse might be to panic, but luckily for you, the team at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville is here to help. As you probably know, your house’s foundation is crucial to its overall structure and stability. We can help you to keep your home safe.
What to Know About Bowed Walls
There’s a difference between a wall that is bowed and one that is leaning. A leaning wall is usually defined by a crack that runs horizontally near the top third of the wall. Leaning walls are usually caused by an expanse of soil.
Bowed walls also often have horizontal cracks, but the cracks that appear when a wall is bowing usually show up about halfway down and they are nearly always caused by hydrostatic pressure.
Ground water and poor water draining near the foundation of your home lead to a buildup of hydrostatic pressure. The most common causes of cracked, bowed, and leaning walls are improperly compacted fill, inadequate drainage, a change in water runoff, and blasting, although there are a handful of other less common causes. All causes can effect your home’s foundation.
“We Treat the Problem Rather Than the Symptom”
While other methods of repair stabilize or strengthen the wall, at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, we actually straighten and strengthen the wall at the same time.
The entire bowed wall is parged, a membrane is applied, footer drains are installed, and the excavated area is backfilled half to three quarters of the way with gravel. What that means is proper drainage in the future, reducing the expansive and hydrostatic pressure that has been placed on the wall, all of which strengthens your house’s foundation.
First, the wall is braced from the inside to help prevent any further damage from occurring. We then excavate the entire wall down to the foundation which helps to relieve the pressure on your wall, allowing us to straighten and correct the cause of the cracking. Next we hydraulically jack your wall back into place.
Once your wall has been straightened, our team will drill holes on the outside of the wall and insert heavy duty rebar into every other cell of the wall. This allows the wall to be tied together and reinforced for strength. Once this process is complete, we pump your wall full of concrete and ensure that everything is nice and straight. The wall is then braced to ensure that everything stays in place and the end result is a straight, solid wall with steel encased in the concrete. Finally, we brace the wall and leave the braces in place for between four and seven days while we wait for the wall to cure. At the end of the day, you are left with a perfectly straight and perfectly safe wall.
We Want to Make Your Home Safe
When you work with the team at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair for your bowed wall, you can rest assured that we will take great care of you every step of the way. Simply get in touch with us to get an estimate — we will come to your house to take a look so we can fully assess the damage and provide you with an accurate quote. Our number one goal is to keep you safe in your home, so if you are concerned about a bowing wall and you need someone to take a look, feel free to get in touch with us today for a free consultation.