Wall Problems

Bowing, leaning, or rotating basement walls are a problem for many homeowners. These issues are normally caused by a foundation problem. If your foundation walls have begun to bulge or lean inward, it may lead to other structural issues in the basement and throughout the rest of the home. Bowing or rotating walls may also cause wall cracks to form, resulting in water issues and loss of structural integrity. It is important to watch for signs of foundation failure, such as bowing or leaning foundation walls, or cracks in your basement walls or floors. That way, you can contact a foundation repair specialist as soon as you notice the problem to avoid further damage to your home.

Causes of Wall Problems (Leaning, Rotating, Bowing, Bulging)

In order to come up with a fitting solution for your bowing or leaning foundation walls, you must first determine the cause. This will help decide which repair method is the best solution and how to prevent the problem from occurring again in the future. The more you know about the causes of rotating or bowing walls, the quicker you will be able to spot them and contact a foundation repair expert to remedy the situation.

The most common cause of bowing, bulging, or leaning foundation walls is excess pressure from the ground around the foundation. When there is more groundwater than normal in the soil around your foundation, the hydrostatic pressure in the soil will increase. This pressure in the soil pushes against the foundation causing it to shift, and often causing the basement walls to bow or lean inward. When the walls lean or bulge inward like this, they are likely to develop cracks, leading to water seepage and further structural damage. Once your foundation walls begin to bow or lean inward, they will continue to worsen over time, or until they are repaired.

The bowing of the above-ground walls in your home may be caused by moisture problems, foundation failure, vegetation, or old age. When your foundation begins to shift or settle due to moisture in the soil or other factors, it can put pressure on the walls above, causing them to bow or lean. Roots from large trees or shrubs can do the same thing to the foundation, leading to leaning or bulging walls. Another common cause of of water problems is deterioration due to age. Water issues can lead to a variety of problems, including bowing or leaning walls.

Wall rotation may be caused in a similar manner, by excess moisture in the soil. When this soil causes the foundation to shift or settle, it puts pressure on the structure built on the foundation. One of the results of this pressure can be the rotation or pulling from trim and door jams of the walls. This problem is often too subtle for the homeowners to notice right away.

Solutions for Wall Problems (Leaning, Rotating, Bowing, Bulging)

Because there are several different causes of bowing or leaning walls, there are also several different solutions. Whether your bowing walls were caused by tree roots or moisture in the soil, it is important to have them repaired as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will become, leading to more complicated and expensive repairs. The most common solutions for bowing and leaning walls include:

  • Wall Anchors: These are used to repair the most common type of bowing or leaning walls, bowing or leaning basement walls. These anchors are installed in the ground adjacent to the affected wall. They are then attached to a plate on the interior of the wall using a long rod. This rod is slowly tightened using the plate on the interior of the basement wall. This process puts pressure on the wall that is opposite to the pressure that caused it to bulge inward, straightening the wall. In this way, the wall is gradually returned to normal.
  • Helical Piers:
    Helical piers are used to support and stabilize settling or sinking foundations. These piers screw into the ground underneath the foundation and support the weight of the structure to lift the home to its original position. This can be done to straighten out leaning or rotating walls above ground.
  • Steel Push Piers: These foundation piers, much like helical piers, are used to repair settling or sinking foundations. They anchor into the stable soils deep beneath the surface and stabilize the foundation above.

If you have bowing, rotating, or leaning walls in your home, contact a foundation repair contractor to determine a solution immediately. Foundation repair products are made by Earth Contact Products, the leading manufacturer in underpinning. My Foundation Repairs can help connect you with a foundation repair expert in your area; contact us today for more information.

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