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Wall Repair for Cracked & Bowing Walls

What causes wall failure?

There are a number of potential causes of cracked and bowing foundation walls, the most common reason is pressure from the soil near the outside of the wall. When clay soils get wet, they expand and put pressure on the wall. When the force exceeds the strength of the wall, and when the wetting cycle is repeated, this causes further weakening and inward movement. Other factors include heavy rains (causing hydrostatic pressure) and other structures (i.e. driveways, porches) putting pressure on the wall, large tree root systems, expansion due to frost, and poor grading.

Symptoms of Bowing Walls

Symptoms of bowing walls with a block foundation can include horizontal cracks in mortar joints, stair-step cracks at outside corners, horizontal shearing at the bottom of the wall and tipping at the top of the wall. In some extreme cases you may witness more than one or all of these symptoms and may even notice foundation walls that are bulging and have cracks all throughout the wall. If this is the case, the wall may be on the verge of a collapse. Symptoms of a bowing or leaning wall with a poured foundation most often include the tipping of the wall, diagonal cracks at outside corners, and vertical or horizontal cracks in the wall.

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Foundation walls can sometimes be damaged by soil pressure. In some cases, the weight of the soil is simply too great to be held back by the foundation wall. In other cases, soil with high clay content expands during wet weather, exerting extra pressure against foundation walls. Whatever the cause, there are several telltale signs of foundation wall damage.

Our Solutions for Bowing & Buckling Walls

Foundation walls are designed to provide a solid base for the structures above them. When foundation walls begin to crack, bow, or tip inward, they can no longer provide adequate support for a structure. Retaining walls are designed to resist the lateral earth pressures that are exerted against them, but factors such as hydrostatic pressure, frost and expansive clays can overstress the walls and cause them to crack or even collapse. If you’ve noticed signs of a failing foundation or retaining wall such as a leaning, bowing or cracking wall, contact our experts to diagnose the problem and recommend a solution.

Foundation Repair Methods & Products

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CarbonArmor Wall Stabilization

Utilizing cutting-edge carbon fiber/kevlar technology borrowed from aerospace research, TFS repairs bowed walls, broken and cracked foundation concrete and block walls at a fraction of the cost of full replacement and excavation. Carbon fiber strapping is used to reinforce the capacity of structural, load‐bearing walls and stop the further movement or bowing in deformed or damaged wall structures. This technology exhibits amazing strength characteristics and is versatile enough to be used in many situations that would otherwise be considered “un‐fixable.”

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GeoLock Wall Anchors

The GeoLock Wall Anchor System stabilizes foundation and retaining walls and offers the best opportunity to straighten walls over time without the cost and disruption of foundation replacement. If you have walls that are cracked, bowed, leaning, or pushing inward, you have a serious foundation problem that needs to be addressed right away. Cracking, bowing, or buckling foundation walls can be a scary prospect to a homeowner. Many property owners are relieved to discover that the engineered wall support systems can stabilize their failing foundation walls at a fraction of the cost of other options.

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PowerBrace Foundation Wall Support

The PowerBrace system permanently stabilizes your home’s foundation walls. Zinc-plated steel beams are custom-fit to your basement wall height and secured tight against your basement wall with brackets anchored to your basement floor and floor joists. PowerBrace’s unique, patented design allows the system to be tightened over time, potentially reversing wall failure without any invasive drilling or digging on the property.