Fixing a Bowed Basement Wall
Expansive soil can wreak havoc on a foundation. As soil continues to expand, the pressue on the foundation wall increases which pushes the wall inward. This is not a problem any homeowner wants to see. Fortunately, we have years of experience and can fix this foundation issue quickly. At PierGenius, we recently completed a job where we repaired a bowed basement wall. The wall was starting to bow inward due to the amount of pressure on the walls. Bowed basement wall repair can be an expensive problem. But in this case, we were able to catch it early enough to save the homeowner thousands of dollars. We were able to do a load reduction taking all the pressure off of the wall. Since we caught it early there was not any extensive damage to the walls.
The soil against the foundation was expansive soil. This caused a tremendous amount of pressure on the foundation walls. In time, the walls began to bow inward. expansive soil against the house was placing too much pressure on the foundation walls causing the walls to bow.
Remove the soil from around the foundation and back filled with gravel. Then add soil on top of the gravel to allow for plants, bushes and flowers.
How We Fixed It:
First, we dug a trench on the side of the house until we reached the bottom of the foundation wall. Then we removed the old dirt. Finally we refilled the trench with gravel. Why do we use gravel? Gravel is non-expansive and will shift under pressure which alleviates any pressure on the wall.
The end result was a huge success and we were able to repair the home’s foundation. We did all this in sub-freezing temperatures. At PierGenius we work hard to make sure our customers are satisfied. If you are in need of foundation repair, please contact us with any questions or to schedule a free home estimate.
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