Leaning and Bowed Walls
Have you ever noticed a weird-looking wall in your basement? Maybe it’s leaning to one side, or perhaps it’s even bowing in the middle? Walls that bow and lean have the potential to cause serious damage to your home. A bowed wall in your San Francisco home should be supported and repaired as quickly as possible to ensure your home’s stability. Bowed walls can even collapse without proper support. Supporting bowed walls in San Francisco is an important part of your job as a homeowner to keep your home in the best shape possible.
How Does a Bowed Wall Happen?
The first question many people ask is, “How did I get a bowed wall?” Some homeowners are confused because they know their house was built properly and it passed all inspections. So what actually causes bowed walls? Oftentimes, the problem isn’t even caused by the house itself, but what the house sits on: dirt. The soil around your home and foundation is vital to its stability. When water gets trapped in the soil, the soil gets heavy and can push in on your foundation walls. This is why we suggest you make sure your downspouts are pointed far enough away from your home. Heavy rains can cause this soil to push in on your home’s foundation walls, and the added pressure causes walls to bow, crack, and lean. Bowing walls point to a need for foundation repair and should not be ignored.
Luckily for San Francisco homeowners, supporting bowed walls in San Francisco has never been easier. The first step is to not allow the wall to get worse. Don’t let bowed walls sit around and hope the problem will repair itself. Contact an experienced foundation repair service provider so your home is not at risk. There are many options available for repairing and supporting bowed walls in San Francisco. One option is wall anchors. An anchor is inserted into the soil around your home and a plate is attached to the wall at the other end. This keeps the weight from the soil evenly distributed. Another option is helical pier installation to correct any foundation problems that may have caused the bowing. One of our most common repair methods is a carbon fiber epoxy strip used to stabilize your foundation walls.
If you’re in need of support for a bowing wall, look no further. Contact the professionals at Bay Area Underpinning.