A few years after moving into your new home, it is improbable to contemplate any danger to this precious investment. After so many sacrifices this feeling is understandable but unfortunately, professionals in the building sector have a different view.
They say knowledge is power and to protect your home remember these facts about dealing with bowed basement walls:
Shocking Foundation Problem Figures
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development posits that over 56% of new homes experience foundation problems within the first ten years of construction. The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) adds that over 60% of these problems involve bowed basement walls.
Yes, you must be shaking your head because this is an invisible problem which makes things even worse. Indeed, the National Association of Realtors ® reports that over 97% of homeowners are not aware of problems festering in their home’s foundations.
Causes of Bowed Basement Walls
You can only deal with construction problems if you know the cause. One major culprit is lateral and hydrostatic pressure caused by moisture. After construction a lot of virgin soil is used around your foundation and when it floods water pressure pushes against the wall.
Natural settling of your house due to weight adds to this pressure and with time bowing of these walls occurs. Other problems include poor construction, soil fatigue, and structural damage to the foundation among others. Your professional foundation contractor will help identify the main cause of the bowing before remedying it.
Leveraging Professional Expertise
Forget your DIY experience because only a certified contractor has prerequisite skills, resources, and equipment to work on your foundation. This is your most expensive investment and if you try tampering with its foundation you risk a cave-in which would be devastating. These experts also offer advice on caring for your foundation to avoid further damage.
Effective Solutions to Bowing Foundation Walls
Once a contractor has examined the bowing walls, he will identify the main cause and formulate a way to deal with further foundation damage. Contemporary solutions include but are not limited to:
- CARBON FIBER: These strips are less costly than steel but provide unbreakable support for your walls.
- Helical anchors: These involve drilling of holes in the basement wall into the soil beyond before driving in anchors and holding the wall with metal plates.
- Steel beams reinforcement: This involves jack hammering the floor along the foundation walls where these beams will be laid.
There are many other wall anchorage systems available for bowed basement walls but you will not have to worry about the best. A professional contractor has it all covered for you.