Bowing and Leaning Wall Repair Products
MDTI supplies and distributes a full line of bowing wall repair products to residential foundation repair contractors. We offer helical tiebacks, alongside wall brackets for poured foundation walls and C-channels for blocked foundation walls. Our specialty carbon fiber system stocks cracks in their tracks by sealing off the cracked concrete with epoxy or urethane, and then providing structural support through the woven carbon fiber covering.
Bowed Wall Symptoms
Unstable and excessively moist soil can cause the foundations to shift, resulting in bowed or leaning walls. Swelling soil places incredible pressure against the home, jeopardizing its structural integrity. The symptoms aren’t always easy to spot immediately. Watch out for these signs:
If you notice either or both of these conditions, it’s critical to contact a professional immediately, as more severe damage is inevitable.
Understanding the Causes of Bowed Walls
The primary cause of bowed walls is hydrostatic pressure. As water soaks into the ground, the soil expands and pushes against the foundation walls.
Hydrostatic pressure is most often the result of poor drainage or malfunctioning gutters. When water doesn’t drain anywhere after a rainstorm, the ground will soak it up, resulting in hydrostatic pressure. Broken pipes and heavy rainfall magnify the need for an effective drainage system. As trees grow, their roots also expand and begin to push soil toward the foundation of the home.
Sometimes the cause of hydrostatic pressure is the construction of the home itself. Unevenly dispersed weight strains the foundation which, when coupled with hydrostatic pressure, begins to bow and lean. Poorly constructed extensions made to an existing home result in similar problems.
Bowed Wall Replacement
Bowed and leaning walls are initially intimidating. Many homeowners feel that completely replacing the walls is their only solution. While this is certainly an option, there are more cons than pros:
- Inhabitants must move out of the house during wall replacement: Wall replacement is invasive, and it requires everyone to leave the home for safety until the project is completed.
- Replaced walls might bow again: Simply replacing the walls doesn’t address the fundamental issues of hydrostatic pressure and the structure of the home.
- Expensive costs: In addition to material costs, time, labor, and heavy equipment is necessary to replace walls, which will be expensive.
By utilizing MDTI’s helical wall anchoring or Carbon Bond Structural System, the entire project is quicker with lower overhead costs which save money for both the contractor and homeowner, while ultimately repairing the structure and fixing the problem for good.