What Causes Bowing Walls?
The leading cause of foundation wall bowing is hydrostatic pressure. The soil surrounding your foundation can expand or swell if it’s saturated with water. The water can expand more if it freezes. The lateral expansion pressure presses against your foundation walls, forcing them inward.
Problem is, foundation walls are only designed to withstand vertical loads. They can’t withstand the extreme pressure of swelling soils and are often too weak to handle it.
Hydrostatic pressure can cause cracks in your foundation walls, and over time, they begin to bow inward. If you wait too long without addressing the issue it is possible for your walls to collapse completely.
How We Repair Bowing Walls
It is best to install a support system that will help bowing walls resist lateral pressures. Our team can solve bowing wall problems using steel I-beams and carbon fiber straps.
These solutions are much less intrusive than external anchors. They provide great support against lateral forces and ensure your home gets the extra support it needs.
United Structural Systems can help if your walls start to tilt inward or bow. To schedule your no-obligation, free consultation, call or email us today.